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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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Appeasing the weather gods…

In the Caribbean, we are rapidly approaching the hurricane season.  Having lived through a couple of the worst hurricanes on record, I have learnt that it’s best to put your house – or, in my case, for many years, my boat - in order beforehand.  In doing so, I like to think that I am appeasing the weather gods.   

If, at the moment, my diary is found wanting on painting and sculptural topics, it’s because my days are spent in the woodwork shop repairing doors and shutters.   Today’s picture shows you a corner of that workshop.  Here, in contrast to the scent of oil in my machine shop, the air is filled with the scent of freshly cut timber.  Many of my hand-tools date back to the 1930’s and some of the machines once did service in a piano factory.  There is as much creative work done within the walls of this workshop, and my machine shop, as there is within the walls of my studio. 


  1. I adore the smell of freshly cut timber! Your workshop would be a fascinating place to linger!

  2. I agree "H", I just love the smell of fresh cut timber. I just had an opening put in between the livingroom and kitchen, now I hate to paint it, it smells soooooo good.