12 December 2010
Sleepless in Salisbury
There's no doubt in my mind...Robert Ingham is worthy of really pointy wizard's hat.
Why you may ask?..and a perfectly reasonable question.
The answer is that I've been puzzling all over the weekend on exactly how he's put together his elm and bog oak jewellery box which on the face of it, seems to be fairly straight forward...just some odd squares of burr elm and strips of oak joined together in lattice arrangement to form a box.
The method of construction for this sort of box is given in a past issue of F&C, but Robert, being extremely cunning as we know he is, has only given the very sketchiest outline of how to go about making it and almost every waking moment of this last weekend has been spent trying to puzzle out how he's done it. Detailed analysis of the text and and pics in the article give some clues but most of it has had to be worked out...it's a bit like an irritating bloody itch inside my head that I can't scratch.
Fortunately, I think...only think mind, that I've got it cracked, but it's taken me a long time.
Although my version won't be nearly so grand as RI's it's going to be a bit of a challenge and will require a lot more detailed thought and drawings before I can start work.
Let's hope it won't end up as more bandsaw fodder...fingers crossed.