RECAP OF 2016
RECAP OF 2016Date
This is Thomas Carving’s first blog of 2017, and I would like to start by recapping on 2016. I’m Victoria and I’m going to be letting you know, every month, the adventures the boys are having whilst carving their way through the weeks.
I thought it would be fun, and to give you an idea of their work, to recap on what carvings were made and shows were attended in 2016. So, I’m going to start off in January; Which fortunately Harry and Danny were eased into gently after the Christmas rush. The commissions they received included a Chihuahua dog and a Meerkat, this is just a small example of the variety of orders that come through. Harry also carved a 3ft bear which was destined for the outback in Australia and a 6ft bear to be pack off to Germany via Kent. Some pretty complicated logistics!!
February was the month that all these logistics were put into place, and I’m happy to report they all arrived without a hitch. Many thanks to Dave Lewis from Inexpress, who helps me with all our delivery admin.
March, April and May were all consumed by carving stock for the up and coming summer shows. We had many commissions in-between but now is the time that we upgrade and maintain the kit including vehicles, have a clear up and give the studio and workshop a makeover. With all that done we were ready for the spring and summer shows to commence. Always busy, always fun!
The first show of the year was in East Germany, hosted by another carver who has been a stalwart in the carving world. He has done much promotion for the art and is a fantastic host. The boys did a joint carving of Bear table and bench, which consisted of 4 bears in total. They also managed to carve a 5ft bear in half an hour, this was a rare occasion that two carvers got together and worked on the same carving at the same time, Dangerous stuff!
The next show was Woodfest in North Wales, a great show run by the Belfield Family, and now in its 12th Year. The Boys carved a massive bear that came in at a whopping 11 feet tall!
July was a month of replenishing stock and Danny attended a couple of smaller shows. One of our daughters got married so July was very busy for us on the family front! Although, Harry carved a stunning 6ft Bear and cub, carved out of one piece of oak.
August arrived with lovely weather and a chance to sort through the wood and buy in some big logs and planks for benches. The end of August was all about the big show. The boys love this show, carvers from all around the world gather to compete for the prestigious title of 1st place, English Open Champion. I am so proud to announce that our Danny won that title with his carving of a pair of African Elephant heads, indeed a wonderful work of art.
We then marched into September with the boys all fired up for the APF (The UK’s largest Forestry, Woodland and Arboricultural exhibition) a biannual show. The weather was great and this show, the European championship, is another chance for us to see many of our carving family and as always the standard was high. Once again I am extremely proud to announce that Harry came 1st and Danny 2nd. This was a fantastic result and the boys worked extremely hard for it.
October and November were spent, as always, getting ready for Christmas and usually what we call, stump jobs, this is when the boys are commissioned by a customer to carve a standing tree, usually in their garden. These are hugely popular for people who have trees felled and must have a stump left in, some people aren’t sure at first and are later inspired, usually by Thomas Carving! But many have their trees felled with the view of having a carving done. There are beautiful examples of these on our website.
December was full of a delightful mixture of steady orders and Christmas preparations. The workshop and gallery were elegantly decorated with hanging lights, much to the boy’s dismay!
So, our year has been a successful one with Harry and Danny getting fantastic results from the competitions, and a steady flow of orders, with the odd unusual request!
Stay tuned for the next Thomas Carving blog.