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my third blog post.

Verity Elson, curator of the Gordon Russel Design museum says “visitors were very impressed by the high standard of Roland’s work and the originality of his design.”

This is a photo of the inside of the van.

Back at the start of 2016, I had an urge to learn a few new techniques and I recognised that making a Windsor chair required several methods and ways of thinking that I had not done before.  The most obvious and important for me was steam-bending, but there was also the use of green timber (i.e. recently felled and unseasoned ) as well as a requirement for wood-turning. 

To be strictly accurate, I had tried some steam-bending when I was about 15, trying to make myself a squash racquet.  Needless to say I lost the one game I ever played with it.   

I wanted to enrol on a chair-making course , but I was painfully aware that the majority of such courses were far more rustic than I could cope with.  My feeling has always been that if you allow a “that’ll do” attitude into less important pieces it may creep back in when you are struggling to perform on an intended masterpiece. 

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