It wasn’t work all day today, but I did look at the work of others, starting with the unfathomable richness of nature and moving through the work of people now long gone.

At the car boot sale in Llandygai there was much to look at and dive into. Here is a friend’s sales area of antiques. Bill has a large gathering of antique wooden furniture and other woodenware ranging from small hand carts to tool chests. He proves my theory that pine out made any other wood by a hundred to one. Victorian chests of drawers in pine like these shown here cost around £200-300. All hand made if course; about a week’s work for me and three days for them back then most likely.


I liked this little tool chest. Solid oak throughout including quartersawn drawer bottoms. Probably Georgian, all original and fully lockable. £380 with every drawer dovetailed front and back. Quite lovely really. Here is the inside, behind the fall-front panel.

 

 

 

 

What about these beautiful baskets too.

Strainer and steamer on the 12″ round one, but lovely work throughout with carefully wrapped handles made from bamboo and still fully in tact. I couldn’t resist these for £10 the two.

 

 

 

 

The large one was 18″ long and lined with paper. Both were well used and old. Pristinely made, carful scarfed joints to rims and foot. I buy baskets when i see them like this but I don’t know where to put them.

 

 

Walking to the castle workshop something shifted in the warmth and rain of the past few days. Daffodils are beginning to fill the fields around and in ever direction I see the gay dancing flowers nodding perpetually in the sea breezes from the Menai Straits.

 

 

I liked to see this log supporting lichens and moss. Soon it will disappear back into the earth. The colour is so restful.

 

 

But this wild plum is so graciously elegant I could not resist but stand and stare.

  • Mahomed Moorad on A Future PastAs usual Paul, you continue to inspire us, taking us through journeys of life through your perspective which enriches us with the lessons in them. Looking forward to your memoirs o…
  • nemo on A Future PastYour point is very valid. Didn't come across as a rebuke at all (and even if it were, nothing wrong with a gentle rebuke). As I was writing the stairs comment, I half figured it wo…
  • tim ziegler on A Future PastThank you Paul. I like the reintroduction of the use of pinch dogs in your article for joining wood together. I intend to give them a try. You always have something new and interes…
  • Gary on A Future PastNot only do you teach us how to use the many hand tools in the world you also are teaching us ways to use this life we have been so freely given and that aging is not a reason to s…
  • Paul Sellers on A Future PastNemo, I would have liked to build wooden stairs, spiral ones even, but I sometimes wonder how many hours people think I have in a given day. This is not in any way a rebuke. More t…
  • nemo on A Future PastFunny you didn't want to mention the name of the disease and its connotations, because for the first few months I heard the name it puzzled me, thinking of Project-Corona every tim…
  • Michael Rodgers on A Future PastReally enjoy the stories as well. So I have been to Reagan Wells and you made me curious about why, in all of God's green earth, you would settle in Reagan Wells. I love the Texas…