A Bristol Winter

So Dan and I have made our plans for winter. We have left Hestur on her swinging mooring in Falmouth in the harbour and have come north to Bristol. Dan has been offered a job a with good friend, Tim Loftus ( who we sailed with last year to Jan Mayen and Iceland) . Tim is a boat builder working in Bristol and he has various projects on this winter which he was keen for Dan to help with. They are working on a new 26 foot, long keel sailing boat which Tim has designed ( and which will be junked rigged!) this is for another Tim, who owns woodland in Shropshire where they felled the timber for the boat and cast the led for the keel. There is also commission for another boat to start early next year, so a busy schedule.

We came up last weekend. We hired a car and took with us our tools and a few clothes etc. and our Bromptons which seem to be fitting in a treat to Bristol’scycling culture.  Dan has had his first week at the boat yard, which he has really enjoyed and is keen to be at such an early stage of an interesting build.

And I have had the greatest success in finding a new studio ! So for the next few months the Starboard Locker will relocate. I have a studio in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol, a really exciting and vibrant place, many of the buildings have been taken over as artists studios and dance spaces, independent shops, cafes, bars etc . My studio is in in a large old office block which is now studios, and offices for creative businesses, there is a great cafe/ bar/ music venue there a gallery and a bike workshop. I have had a great first week in there, I love it. – great space, friendly people, wi-fi and warm.

I have decided to apply for various winter markets around Bristol, and am delighted to have been selected for various. – including the Made in Bristol Gift Fair at Colston Hall. http://madeinbristol.blogspot.co.uk/

I have been working hard on my stock: sliver, drawing, printing, wooden Christmas creatures … and to transport my work… Coming Soon …. CARGO BOX (  following CARGO1, 2008 and CARGO CANOE, 2011)

I will post photos and details soon.

In the mean time, although we have temporarily moved off Hestur, we have not moved off the water. Last night we moved into our winter accommodation : Broadleaf of Red Cliff Warff, a narrow boat in the Harbour! She belongs to Tim who has commissioned the new sailing boat from Tim Loftus. She is beautiful! has a wood burning stove, belfast sink, comfy bed, a shower! And we are delighted to be on her.

Looks like its going to be a fun and busy winter. DSCF0402DSCF0398DSCF0405DSCF0407


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