Winter in Edale

On the way to the workshop this morning I took a quick diversion up Mam Tor (it means “mother hill” and is an iron age hill fort) It is a 2 minute diversion and the view is quite stunning, my workshop is at the far end of the valley toward the left, last building at the foot of the hills.

My Van copes very well with the snow with winter tyres fitted where this 4X4 on summer tyres was in a bit of bother. They had been stuck there for an hour hoping someone would come by to tow them out.

 Back down the hill would be a bit of a tobbogan run on normal tyres.

The drifts on the last 1/4 mile to the workshop are very deep so I park and enjoy the walk. After turning a number of bowls I did a job I should have done months if not years ago. My tool rack only has space for 16 tools. This is fine if I am making just one thing but when I change say from plates to bowls then I will want other favourite tools which live in the reserve pile down below. Anyway today I extended the rack to take another 12 which will save time swapping tools around or more to the point will save me having tools piled up on top of each other and having to rummage for the right one.

 The walk home for a late lunch was idyllic. These are Derbyshire gritstones, lowland farmers think they are poor sheep and don’t fatten up well but they thrive in adverse conditions where other sheep would die.

Back home I finally photographed new stock bowls and uploaded them to the gallery section of the website. Some really nice bowls which hopefully will be in time to find new homes for Christmas.

5 Responses to Winter in Edale

  1. Tico Vogt December 4, 2010 at 1:10 am #

    Hi Robin,How do you heat your work area? You must have bloody good circulation!Best,Tico

  2. Robin Wood December 4, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    No heating just a good breakfast and get stuck in. After 3 or 4 bowls I am normally down to a t shirt whatever the weather.

  3. Pippa Moss December 4, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I am enjoying your blog – fond memories of the Lakes as a younger person. I agree with all that you say regarding traditional crafts – "handicrafts" seems a derogatory word here. You'll find some good examples of handquilting – Durham and Welsh quilts – on my blog Those ladies were making a living – didnt charge very much – but they left a beautiful legacy to us. Pippa

  4. Robin Wood December 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Thanks Pippa and I enjoyed the quilts.Robin

  5. abusymum December 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    Those bowls look amazing, and the snow looks fabulous.