– And now it’s Neil’s turn …
Ever since Carol has been producing such great hand-sewn textile art, I have framed most of it, usually in driftwood or pallet wood.
Most of her images are about the sea, so it seems the right thing to do.
I used to put the off-cuts and end bits into the firewood basket to start the logs burning, but it seemed a shame to burn such lovely stuff.
So, I decided to make sculptures and furniture from them. You can see some of them here. People started to ask me if any of it was for sale and this gave me the encouragement to put them into exhibitions and galleries along with Carol’s pictures. And they sold!
I’ve made boats, shelves, cupboards and even a shop sign. “Message in a Boatle”, one sculpture, has even been viewed by Prince Charles (and probably passed by and forgotten).
I try to make everything from old, recycled, up-cycled, hand-made and washed up material. Sea-glass, lost bracelets, wood that must have been in the sea for years and pieces of wrecked boats are valuable for this. I’m running out of old slot-head screws, hooks, etc..
… and even a sofa for the garden …
And with good pallets for a few pounds each, I made a sofa for the garden. It took six pallets – two of which I cut down to form the arms.
Painted with shed paint I had left over from the beach hut I made last year and a couple of shelves on the arms for coffee, wine, whatever.
A stool from a little pallet too.
Cushions bought on-line. Another beauty framed!
The whole thing was about £200 – far cheaper than most garden sofas and entirely hand-made!
With this out of the way, the greenhouse I made earlier this year (using windows from a skip – yes, I asked first) and last year’s beach hut, it’s given me more time to return to my home tutoring in A-level Psychology.