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It’s easy to rib students for being slack and having an easy life…  for being unorganised,  for eating last night’s takeaway for breakfast and for doing all their work the night before a deadline…  but aren’t we really just a  little bit jealous?

I am.

Days and nights spent indulging your ideas, studio/workshop facilities on tap, tutors to drain knowledge out of…  the college sports facilities and the SU bar !!? Yep.. I’m jealous.

I remember the first student to call us from the 1st year of the 3D Design BTEC at Chichester College was Ugne Krymcevaite.  I remember so well because she knew what she wanted!   She was so well prepared I was quite taken aback. In a matter of seconds she had given her details, reeled off her cutting list – finished sizes of course – and she was gone, back into the ether from whence she came. 

Steve called her back within minutes with the price for the Ash-planed-all-round and before I knew it the timber was ordered, paid for and Peter was walking out of the office with the ‘mill copy’ in hand… 

“Most unusual!” I thought to myself… and promptly got on with what I should have been doing.

When the second student called and exhibited similar evidence of being organised, decisive and knowledgable I started to smell a conspiracy…  this was not the world as we knew it!  Surely alien imposters were inhabiting the bodies of Chichester students???

After at least 18 more phonecalls in the space of 3 days we were convinced and had started to batten down hatches.

As it transpired, under the tutelage of Terry Molyneaux – 3D Design course leader and active furniture maker – students were thoroughly drilled in the art of timber buying and had the added weight of a module deadline to steel themselves against…  hence the flurry of  decisive action.

Tom (our illustrious leader) was obviously as relieved as I was that we were not going to be fending off an alien invasion and took his own decisive action…  “Prizes for the Students”

 

So to reward their fantastic work ethic, their commitment to design process and inevitably, their finished design pieces we sent Steve and Peter down to meet the students, view the exhibition and award the 3 prizes. Here is some of the work on show to whet your appetite…

These are the choices they made. 

1st prize  Kai Alexander with his Walnut tribute to Gerrit Rietveld

2nd Prize Madara Degterre with a finely executed Oak lounge chair

3rd Prize Liam Bailey with dining chair in Ash with nice use of colour & grain

These three lucky people very deservedly get to come and raid the timber larder for their next ‘woody’ projects.

So a very ‘Well Done’ to all the students. ‘Thank You’ for using our wood in your designs, and Please don’t take your time at college for granted…!

P.S. Great to see models of the furniture pieces too… you can never have enough models!

The 3D Design Course brochure incase you’re feeling like 3D design is the life for you http://web.me.com/terry.molyneaux/The_Design_Course/About_files/Course%20Leaflet.pdf

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of Life, the Universe and Everything …

is blatantly not 42…  it is Oak. (more…)

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Now tell me that doesn’t look edible to you..?? Well it’s not a Burr Oak souffle more’s the pity…  we’d be sorted for lunch! (more…)

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Say ‘Hello’  to Mr Dave Fry, seasoned veteran of timber haulage, sitting comfortably in his cab after a hard days hauling and smiling as always… (more…)

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It’s all about the wood.

It’s why we do what we do. It’s all we do.

Our work  is to produce beautiful timber. It’s the kind of work that hasn’t changed in over 30 years… and the same can probably be said for our methods but that is a good thing!

We’re all working with a knowledge that has been passed down through the company since the sawmill was started on this site in the 1940’s (wanna see some pictures? … give me a few days… I know I put them somewhere round here) .

So I thought it might be interesting to try to capture some of the ‘how’ of what we do.

The guys seemed quite into that, so one day Graham and Grant went to work with a camera and this is what they gave me.

How we put a log into ‘stick’

I think it’s a nice place to start because it’s the near beginning of  life-in-the-yard if you’re a piece of wood…   ready?

Hang on it’s a roller coaster ride!

So, the log Graham and Grant are working on here is a 46mm thick (will be 41mm stock), prime Oak cut through & through (T&T). It’s one of a mixed parcel of Sweet Chestnut, Oak & Pippy Oak that were cut in the first week of January this year.

First of all the freshly cut, tightly banded log gets retrieved from the yard and brought to a good flat working space with the loadall. The back of Peter’s kiln dried shed is a favourite spot… out of the weather and within earshot of Cliff and the Shadows ! (more…)

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Christine Layton was slightly reluctant to show me photo’s of her work (because she is a very humble and modest person) but I have taken advantage of her sweet nature to raid her portfolio to show them off anyway…

This lady makes fine furniture. She works on commissions only but don’t let that very formal term put you off… it just means she doesn’t sell her furniture in shops. (more…)

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When I have a spare minute I like to go out in the air dried yard and wander among the log stacks…

…not only because I love to get wafts of Cedar of Lebanon perfume on the breeze and not only because there is so much incredible nature to see in our yard (we have amazing birdlife.. and hares!!)  but also because I love to see the sawn logs all stacked up, drying. (more…)

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