Mara’s own high cabochon onyx merged with Barbara’s ‘big-up’ © Bh chenier extension works well here with the gem set across the finger. Lovely customer – lovely solution – lovely repeat business.
We can’t wait to see how they tagged the shed, Leesa and crew dropped by today and sent this pic via their phone.
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The Artisan marketing machine is into full swing, they have this year’s program to lock down and advanced media to co-ordinate with Australian fashion and Design journals . . . so Barbara is being asked for copy, images and texts that speak to her project even though the research is all we have so far. Below I’ll post the texts and working title just received:
Here is a link to our most recent sculpture powerpoint – if anything the new work will follow on from the small sculptural maquettes we last produced for the Ipswich Art Gallery in 2008.
The growth after the rain in Jan & Feb has been a real surprise, we have taken out the very large loquat tree over the old garden on the block next door – so its back to being a winter garden. Annie in Avoca says we should only water the garden with our own tank water, she has found that the chlorine kills the lovely bug world down there in the humus! Our 6 bantum hens returned to their new yard tonight after nearly 3 months boarding with Sue & John at Auchenflower.
The garden next door is in fine shape, top pic shows Barb the moment we arrived, we headed straight for the fruit trees. The pic below shows the first (heritage) Worcester Permain, yes our neighbour reminded us that we picked it 1 month before we should have. Some natives replaced, the stables completely cleaned out, both blocks mowed twice, weeded and the back yard cut, well slashed by Rodney and Kevin. Numerous visits, the first to Eagle Hawk Neck, we were treated to a gathering of arts folk at Noel Frankham’s parents holiday house and orchard. Then to Hobart and Graham & Ann Hesse’s new sandstone colonial house and garden. Next we stayed the night with Ann & David Kernke at Shene and saw the works under way there. The following day we were at a TAFE course down the road to sit the theory & practical to get our Tasmanian gun license. The first lightning visit was from Michael, Andrea and baby Clare. Back home to dinner with Warwick Oakman who we really scored some great period Tasmanian pieces from this time. Lunch with Paul and Babe, the same Sunday that Bob Riddel and Pam Easton called and wanted to drop in (bugger). The following Sunday lunch with Ray & Pat and more rellies, Sandra and Tommy. Next we were off to Avoca for an evenings stay with Rob & Lynne Robson and onto the tin trail, to research the Bh-Tinsmith show then to St Helens and our first visit to Binalong Bay, a brief stay with Roz MacAllan and John Potter at their hideaway there (hey! its a rentable retreat – and I mean a treat). We managed to spend valuable time at the St Helen’s History Room, continued on to most of the exhibits on the mining tin trail at Derby. Visits from Barbara’s rellies, Tony & Michelle & Uncle Max and Aunty Bettie. Next we did the mail run with our postman, Charlie Gregg to get to know the Oatlands/Paratta/St Peter’s Pass catchment better (he knew every peak, range and homestead’s names and occupants from the year dot). Dropped in on everyone we know in Tunbridge, some to dinner, some over coffee and more to just trade veg and eggs – we did plum sauces & jams this time in earnest. I made a trip to Hutton Park to see Andy. We went to visit Annie’s garden and to see Steve Taylor’s refurbishments at Avoca. Numerous visits to Oatlands tip and then the shops there as a few trips to Ross to Barbara’s favourite nursery and to Clive’s shop where I did elements on the furniture restorations on four pieces. The major break co-incided with Barbara’s sister and her partner’s visit and we went to Cradle Mountain, we stayed at Lemonthyme Lodge then drove further and did three different walks. The last stay was in Launceston, again at Ray & Pat’s where I managed two clock outings, one was to visit the Post Office Clock tower to see the work done by Graham Mulligan. Then Graham took me to the home of John Millwood where I was shown masterful clocks and Tasmanian furniture but introduced to John’s main passion – his Colonial Artists Collection. Ray Norman our host (and Barbara’s main mentor) was one of the commissioners of a bronze statue of Dr Russ, who originally owned the Millwood residence. Finally, the first visit we did at Stanthorpe, Queensland on the way down, we dropped in on a dealer and friend known internationally as The Iron Man – Peter Homes.
Starting from bottom right – following a tip-off over dinner from master architectural sleuth & antique dealer, Warwick Oakman, we then arranged to met him at 40 Brisbane Street Hobart early the following morning and removed an 1831 internal staircase from the demolition site. With the help of expert Woodbury House restorer, Alan Cooper we will entirely dismantle it and rebuild it in reverse at Tunbridge.
Next we stripped and sanded 5 doors from upstairs, we dismantled, removed paint, repaired and meth-washed all the wide skirting boards and almost finished the architraves in situ. We have briefed a soft plasterer as well on the next stage, upstairs.
Lovely Victorian keyed safe found in Launceston and an entire hoard of steel from the oldest home in Tunbridge – the Tunbridge Wells Inn (also a blacksmiths) – a departing gift from Margaret & Jack Sonneman who are heading for southern Tasmania to build all over again.
Top pic, bottom right – Mahogany George III bedside table and an original 1700 oak, joined and dowelled gate-leg table with beautiful patina, both from Clive Hanks at the Glue Pot, Ross. Final preparation on the reeded fireplace for the upstairs drawing room and the last shot of Barb with the hot-gun doing the first stage of paint removal. Under the three coats of paint we found the original ochre wash which we will re-do maintaining both the green-blue and orange tints.
We started a jug collection after we repaired and installed a super-wide period mantle piece over the kitchen hearth. We thought we would show them in diminishing size along the full width, this is the last and largest (and the best, so far). Carl Jackson told us that the piece came from an early Tasmanian family, passed down and entered his shop via a deceased estate. Here’s some data on this virtually mint Turner piece:
c1800, Lane End, Longton, Staffordshire, England
Stoneware, Incised mark – TURNER
Overall: 203 x 127 x 140 mm
The white, salt-glazed stoneware jug has a cane-ribbed base and a brown neck and handle terminating in acanthus leaves. It has finely detailed and raised applied decoration of a drinking man (with the same jug), smoking his clay pipe at gate-leg table, two well defined trees – the second diminishing as in further perspective and has been mounted with a silver rim and is hallmarked 1800 London.
My research on the jug is here in a 3 page .pdf (1.4Mb) – an easy download. I’ve found an almost identical jug with a severely interesting provenance. Finally, Carl’s shop is called – Archive, 170 Newtown Road at the corner of Valentine Street, New Town. His mobile is 0409 749 611 <firstname.lastname@example.org> Retro collectors beware – his place rocks!
An earlier shot of the jug arrangement is on Ray Norman’s – collect eleven blog here.
We have second-hand corrugated iron sheets ready to cover the fibro sheeting one day, in the meantime as we are only at Tunbridge four times a year – I thought to give the garden some semblance of a permanent presence. It was summer, Jan 2010 (aided by daylight saving), 7:00pm and we each had a beer and were watering the silver birch grove when BANG – I looked at the shadow of myself, I turned to Barb and asked if she could quickly run into the other house and fetch a carpenter’s pencil? She quickly outlined my features and then I did hers, a mission brown tin and a brush and one beer later – we had our permanence imprinted in the garden.
Then one after one, the neighbours have dropped in with comments, suggestions and feedback. Just the shape of a person seen through the corner of the eye sets off a quick second glance – the silhouette is a powerful device don’t you think?
The shed is represented on this plan of the garden (on Barbara’s garden blog, here).