Barnsley Reproduction Build #22: “A Horse, A Horse, my Kingdom for a Horse”. (Bodger's Ball Part 3)

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Blog entry by stevo_wis posted 07-22-2015 02:10 AM 1134 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“A Horse, A Horse, my Kingdom for a Horse”.

Terry and I left Nottingham after the Bodger’s Ball and Liecester was right on our way south. Richard the Third was uncovered during construction of a parking lot last year. DNA testing plus the fact that he had been beheaded and had a hunch back proved that it was in fact Richard who had been buried for several hundred years after dying in battle. A new burial place was constructed in the Liecester Cathedral and it was dedicated just a month before we got there.

We had a few days left in our trip, so we headed south of London where our first stop was the Edward Barnsley workshop in Petersfield. Edward was the nephew of Sidney and the shop is now part of the National Trust. The shop adds young apprentices each year and they get an excellent woodworking education in an actual working shop. The products made there are gallery quality.

The shop not only does one of-a- kind commissions; in addition they do production runs. The shop was just finishing up over 100 dining chairs for a college nearby.

That evening in our hotel, we met a retired chemistry professor from Cambridge. He hangs out with Prince Phillip during graduations and invited us to see Cambridge next trip.
We headed down to Sussex to stop in with James Mursell who does Windsor chair classes. A class was going on when we stopped in with five or so students doing a steam bending. James and the students were very friendly and in fact James had a Barnsley table that his father had commissioned from Barnsley many years ago. I didn’t get any photos, but it was well worth the stop.

Our last stop was in Chichester at the Weald and Downland open air museum. The museum has many reconstructed buildings, a blacksmith, a working mill, and much more.

We were even able to find Terry a job there.

That was it for England, and as you can see even driving on the left, I only had one small parking incident, though I did put some extra loops around the roundabouts and a few scares into Terry.

While my blogging is infrequent, I actually have made some progress my table, so back to table building for the next entry.

-- Stevo

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#1 posted 07-22-2015 08:12 AM

That was some trip that you had. Glad that you enjoyed it. The Barnsley furniture pictures are excellent.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 07-22-2015 12:51 PM

Thanks for the great pics and text. The English woodworking traditions run deep and I have learned quite a few really useful things from some contemporary English woodworker’s articles.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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