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a finished bench

This morning I had to stay home with a sick son but Geoff braved the foul morning weather, high wind and driving rain to cut the last coping stones and finish off our bench. I went along in the afternoon to take some pictures just as he finished off. We are both really pleased with […]

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more bench pictures

The bench is taking a little longer than anticipated as we expected to be working with second hand walling stone and with the new quarried stone we are having to cut all the coping stones which takes time. It is coming one very nicely though. Geoff tells me the oft repeated story that whenever a […]

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dry stone wall and oak bench

Today I have been working in a wonderful location again. This is the National Trust Longshaw Estate about 10 miles from home. I lived here 13 years ago but today I was back to fit a special bench. It is the first time I have worked with a dry stone waller mixing walling and green […]

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a gate a blacksmith and a bench

Yesterday Darren the blacksmith brought my gate back. It took him a lot longer than he expected but I am very pleased with the result. Today I have been working on a bench. This is for a local National Trust property, it started as a an order for a copy of my Charlton on Otmoor […]

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“Englands last master Cooper”

This interesting article appeared in the Telegraph 14/01/09 “England’s last remaining master cooper Alastair Simms has predicted that the nation’s barrel-making trade will go to the grave with him. “ Mr Simms said his “only regret” is that no one will carry on the trade when he retires Mr Simms, 45, began working as an […]

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