Last weekend was spent camping at Cusworth Hall near Doncaster. It was the agm of the association of pole lathe turners and green woodworkers. At this annual event I run the workshop area where various people teach 40 minute taster sessions on green wood crafts, I also teach basic knife and axe carving sessions. All these workshops book up in minutes after we open booking at 9.30 in the morning, in fact we normally have quite a queue as we are getting everything ready. It is great though to see people getting hands on rather than just watching other people working.
As part of the event the organisers run competitions for a variety of classes of green woodwork. This year I decided to enter my nest of bowls which I turned 50 years to the day after George Lailey “the last bowlturner” died. see here
Not only did I win the “best turned treen” category but also the “best in show”. I was rather pleased as this category has always been won before by a fine armchair, it felt a fitting tribute to George Lailey.