Using reclaimed timber, the kind of stuff others discard, involves more cutting, sanding and cleaning than using bought in pristine planks, but often the grain and colour of the reclaimed wood is more interesting and using pieces with knots, splits and bits of bark still attached sparks ideas. It makes each box unique and individual and far different from those made by machine. It has been surprising how much interest these little boxes generate and at times keeping pace with demand has been a challenge.
These latest boxes are over two months in their gestation, forming clay, glazing, firing and carving the lids. I posted pictures of them on my Facebook page to show my friends what I had been up to over the winter months. Only me and Maud had witnessed their progress in the months before, within an hour four hundred had viewed the images of the finished boxes.
It's fine to be a purist, use only old hand tools and keep craft traditions alive, but sometimes the right bit of kit can take away all the drudgery and painstaking removal of unwanted wood. It opens up new channels of thought and makes possible things previously undreamt of ...got to move on as they say, but even Thrussington is not ready for computer controlled technology just yet.