swallows in the workshop

I think this has to better than any environmental business award. I have swallows nesting 5 feet away from my lathe. They nest in my workshop most years and are using the same nest they used last year. So far she has laid 3 eggs but has not started sitting yet. last year it was a joy to be turning away whilst the adults swooped in to feed the young.

Today I have been turning these.

They are copies of canisters found on the Mary Rose in the Barber Surgeons chest. Some even had the original contents intact when found with the finger marks of the Tudor surgeon still visible. These copies are for a museum display.

2 Responses to swallows in the workshop

  1. Frontier Carpenter June 16, 2008 at 2:57 am #

    Robin,I’m making some bowl gouges and was wondering what design you recommend for your most common used gouge. Would you use a special gouge on the boxes you made?

  2. Robin Wood June 16, 2008 at 6:26 am #

    I recomend make some and try them. Make several and some will work better than others. The tools for the boxes are the same as the ones for bowls which are shown quite close up in some of my videos.