Bournville Survey Rerun

The following survey is a rerun of a 1974 survey conducted by the South Australian Housing Trust (for the Bournville Village Trust) about the what people think of the areas they live at different locations and times.

This survey is being conducted at part of the Co. Lab Modern Gazetteer module (http://birmingham-colab.org) of the M.Arch course at the Birmingham School of Architecture (Birmingham City University.) As with the 1974 survey, this survey is being conducted at random houses and locations across Bournville.

The aim of the study is to inform content for an exhibition to be based around the idea of Bournville as an archive in 2014. The information collected from this survey will be anonymously used.

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Wooden Spoon Carving V.3

I decided to carve this spoon with a point to use to pick up items or fork things.

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Wooden Spoon Carving. V.2

A quick spoon that I made this morning, took just 1hr 30 minutes to complete. I believe the log used was hazel, it was a bit too green when I carved this so I expect it to need a bit of a re-carve when it dries.

Carving a Wooden Spoon: Part 4 | The Carve is Complete

I have just finished my latest spoon, a bit of a bugger as the wood log that I had available was oak that wasn’t very green. It has lots of knots in it but hopefully I have managed to navigate my way around it and produce something to use in the making or porridge.

It now needs to be allowed to dry and I will oil with a mixture of Walnut oil and bees wax.

Tools used: Fiskars X7 hatchet, Mora 120 carving knife and a Ben Orford Hybrid Small Crook knife.

Carving a Wooden Spoon: Part 3 | Rough Carve Complete

The basic spoon is complete, now just to leave for a few days to dry out some more and then a clean up with the carving knife and some sandpaper then the drying and oiling process begins.

Carving a Wooden Spoon: Part 2 | Knife Carving

I took my Mora knife to the spoon blank to tidy it up and thin it out. What has been produced is quite a nice spoon with a gentle curve working around a knot in the wood.

Carving a Wooden Spoon: Part 1 | Axe Carving

A few weeks ago I decided on carving a wooden spoon, a life experience that anyone should try. To create a usable object from a slab of green timber is an incredibly liberating thing to do, the unknown of what will be created from the timber is brilliant. It is just you and your axe, if you take away too much you ruin it but you could also improve it.

You would usually use some fruit wood to whittle a spoon but as the oak was available I thought I would try one of the hardest woods to carve by hand.

I am using green oak from a fallen branch, Fiskars X7 (wildlife style) axe, Mora carving knife and a Ben Orford Crook knife to cut the bowl.

Corrymoor Socks

Corrymoor socks have been a friend to me ever since I saw them way back on an episode of BBC Countryfile. The program was about local producers with the main ones being the aforementioned sock company and an rake company, the program saw each of their websites crash and demand went through the roof.

I like many others, purchased a pair there and then and also purchased the rake but that is another story. It took a while to arrive but the appeal was there, a made in UK product that was natural and came in funky colours. I had never before tried mohair socks and my experience from wool socks is that when they get damp, they get damp and your feet get cold.

The first pair arrived and I was amazed, they fit perfectly on your feet and the advantages of the Mohair goat wool were there to feel. They adapted to the temperature so they are cool in summer and warm in winter, when they get wet they still keep your feet warm and toasty and they still have the quality of repelling sweat and smells like they would on a goat.

The best bit is that you can chuck them in the washing machine totally fine. Naturally I now own about £100 of socks and they are all wonderful, you have to be careful though as some colours do not shrink but some do (like the purple.)

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I am not endorsed or affiliated with Corrymoor Socks, my views are my own.

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