Went with my Dad this morning to The Springfields Woodworking & Power Tool Show.
The show was held there for the first time last year and they are hoping to have it as an annual event. It is on this year from 11th to 13th June 2010 at the Springfields exhibition centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire. Opening times are 10am to 4pm daily.
The show has a range of stalls. Some are run by companies others by individual woodworking clubs.
The quality of the carving and woodturning on display on some of the stalls is outstanding.
The Rockingham Forest Carvers stall was full of examples by Glyn Mould and his students.
Some of the carving was very intricate and obviously entailed a lot of hard work and time to complete such as the book in this photo which includes the music of The Oak & the Ash carved onto the page of the book.
Glyn gives weekly lessons in the techniques of woodcarving in his workshops at Sacrewell farm.
I think I need to enrol!
Another very talented carver is Colin Hickman. His range of intricately carved animal figurines as walking stick heads was a joy to behold.
The detail he is able to produce right down to the individual hairs on the dogs head (above) is amazing, something I have no chance of competing with any time soon.
Lots of the exhibits just used the beauty of the natural wood to finish their works of art.
Not so Bob Neill, he uses pyrographic techniques to add definition to his pieces then colouring them to produce stunning selections of highly coloured and textured plates bowls and engravings.
Pyrography is the art of burning designs on timber. There was an opportunity on his stall to have a go at the techniques yourself. Its not as easy as it looks and involves a very light touch if you don't want to just produce a charred bit of wood.
As well as wood carving there was lots of demonstrations of woodworking lathes and the wood-turning tricks used on them to produce the fabulous bowls, clocks, pens and a myriad of other objects.
One of these demonstrators is Tony Wilson (Above) demonstrating on the Hegner uk Ltd stand.
Tony sitting at his lathe in his wheelchair is one of the fastest workers I have seen, and he makes the work he does seem effortless.
The show was really worth going to, entrance was free and it was packed with people able and willing to give demonstrations of their work and pass on lots of hints and tips of their trades.
Going around the show has re-kindled my interest in woodcarving and I think I will seriously look at taking some lessons later this year.