Caravan. Sort of.


Youngest Son (currently 10) has a fascination with caravans, motor caravans, and vardos. When he saw this converted Bedford truck on a website he fell in love.

There practical issues of course. Looking at this example there can’t be much insulation, so it must be freezing in winter. And I can’t drive a truck. And where is the privvy?

Still, I must admit, the idea has some appeal.

Airship 2


It seems the trouble with drawing airships is that you tell yourself you’ll just do the one, and then you find you want to do another, and before you know it, you can’t stop. As we don’t have enough wall space for me to paint them I’m reduced to furtively sketching them instead when nobody is looking…

Anyway, I decided that once one company was using airships, then others would follow. The LMS was the London Midland and Scottish Railway and although they were not a cutting edge as their southern rival, they really knew how to design with a bit of flair, so I expect their airships would be made to look like this.

More airships to follow, I’m warning you.

Carving again

I’ve noticed that when you are a carpenter, people expect you can do all kinds of things. Like run a spoon carving workshop at the city farm where I work. I’d never carved a spoon in my life, but a few YouTube videos later I cut out a piece of pine and made a demonstration model:


It’s okay. If you squint a bit. In a dark room.

Before someone else points it out, pine isn’t a great material for spoons, but we didn’t have any green wood so it was that or nothing.

The week after the workshop we were cutting down some trees on the farm. (I really should check these things before setting the dates of workshops…) and I was allowed first dibs on any nice looking green wood, so I took a piece of ash and made Spoon 2.1:

It was meant to be half a set of small salad servers, but it seems a bit more like a wooden fish, and oiling it brought up all kinds of scuff marks and dings.

Rather than try and make a partner for it, I found a piece of silver birch and made spoon 3,1. At least this time I managed to make a celtic design at one end:


A couple more attempts and I think I’ll be ready to make some as presents…



It’s the end of the month, so time for something a bit less serious, methinks. This is a work in progress but at least it is now at a stage where I can hang it up in the living room and decide what to do next with it.

In theory it should eventually look like a travel poster for the Great Western Railway, which built and ran a lot of railways in the south-west of England and Wales. The chief engineer of the line was one Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was known for making all kinds of marvels, some of which are still used, like the Thames Tunnel and Clifton Suspension Bridge, and some which didn’t work so well, like a plan to pull trains along using a vacuum pipe.

They were also a pioneer of using diesels, including these. If Airships had been more feasible at the time, the Great Western would have been one of the first to use them.