Autumn pictures and environmentally friendly packaging

I love the light quality when the sun drops low in the sky in the autumn, side lighting brings out all the contours in the landscape and makes everything look beautiful. The workshop is pretty too, to me aesthetically soft lighting like this has deep beauty about it, not easy to explain but compared to harsh artificial light or even the bright light of a summers day it is very different.

The colours of the landscape are a treat too, this beech tree is directly across the path from my workshop door so it is what I am looking out at as I work, it changes every day.

 My work changes and ages with the seasons too. One of the things I am keen on is the fact that traditional woodworking techniques makes things that age beautifully where many modern production methods make things that are bright and shiny  when new but always deteriorate as they age. Wouldn’t it be nice if a ten year old car was nicer than a new one? I hope that is true of my work. This is the bridge I finished int he spring and it is just settling in nicely now.

Now my normal environmentally friendly packaging is sieved wood shavings but my woodstore is full of lovely dry field maple leaves at the moment so rather than scooping them into the compost I thought they would make nice autumn packaging. Here are two star bowls on their way to their new home, I wonder what they will look like in ten years and how many meals will have been eaten from them.

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4 Responses to Autumn pictures and environmentally friendly packaging

  1. Tico Vogt November 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Love that bridge. Boy, if I could use dry leaves as packing material for the shooting boards I'm shipping it would be awesome. I have a year's supply within fifty feet of my shop door. It's doubtful that UPS would consider it as a legitimate packaging material in the event of a damage claim, but you've got me wondering…

  2. Jock November 17, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    Thats' a nice bit of spalting in the quaich Robin , is it sycamore ? And the bridge looks as if it grew there .cheers,Jock .

  3. woodlandantics November 22, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    Great Photos Robin, I wish my workshop had as beautiful an outlook – it is very good for the soul. I will however tidy up – so thanks for the inspiration. The good news is that 10year old cars are much better than new ones, though only because the new ones are such boxes. Seeing a morris minor always puts a smile on my face, or a real mini and of course my old landrovers!cheersMark

  4. Donatella November 25, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Hi, I just discovered your blog and your fantastic work – I just love the packaging with leaves!