My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Lost and found…

Currently my siesta reading (too tired for bedtime reading) is L. C. Rolt’s Victorian Engineering.  Before the days of specialisation, engineers, architects, artists and artisans were often one of the same.  Their designs originated at the workbench, not the drawing board and the craftsman’s eye was: A gauge to measure beauty by.  

The father of modern electrical engineering, S. Z. Ferranti, has been called the Michelangelo of his day.  He designed every component of the Deptford power station, from the machines to the architectural turrets. 

Maybe I can chalk up yet another day of working in my machine shop, as my modest contribution to the memory of the ingenious men of the renaissance.  

Do you remember the self-portrait that a week or so ago I searched for in vain?  Well, it’s turned up.  That’s me circa. 1975.



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