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snapster

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Earlier this year, Mrs S fancied forging a knife but couldn’t find a course with vacancies, so we both went on a one day spoon carving course in Newbury, now, I am hooked. I’ve made loads of spoons from salad servers to teaspoons and spatulas.
You get to play with incredibly sharp knives and axes, and amazingly, I still have all my fingers!
 

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Earlier this year, Mrs S fancied forging a knife but couldn’t find a course with vacancies, so we both went on a one day spoon carving course in Newbury, now, I am hooked. I’ve made loads of spoons from salad servers to teaspoons and spatulas.
You get to play with incredibly sharp knives and axes, and amazingly, I still have all my fingers!
Some pictures would be great.
 

snapster

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Some pictures would be great.
We are away in the van for a couple of weeks, the sharp knives axes and spoons are at home. I’ll post some pics when we get back, but just to whet your appetites, here’s a link to one of my axes. You could shave with it, it’s that sharp!
https://greenwood-direct.co.uk/greenwood-shop/axes/all-axes-1/carving-axe-double-bevel-2-detail?gclid=CjwKCAjw_b3cBRByEiwAdG8Wqgcq1fkNI6AKICYn6R27fQSzhAn28FpwYLMB55kVNxOho2wSBBYPCxoC2ogQAvD_BwE
 

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Do tell us more like where, when, who with and are you any good at it.
Well Annie, I have been doing this for many years and I am a qualified teacher of the art. Once learned you can do it anywhere in fact I've done it all over the country and at many cathedrals and even at St Georges Chapel, Ypers, in Belgium where we spent a week in February teaching a band of ex-pat Brits and some locals who want to ring for armistice day this year - we even tried to get a ring at Henley during the music festival but there weren't enough locals to make up a band. I've rung at hundreds of weddings for happy couples although this is not about religion it's just that most bells are in churches. There are some exceptions - Manchester town hall and Bristol university have peals of bells.
I ring Sunday for the service, Monday is our practice night, Tuesday afternoon we have a U3A https://www.u3a.org.uk/ ringing group, Tuesday night is beginners practice night - currently I have 24 learners from surrounding towers on my books, Wednesday I travel to another local village to help a new band to extablish themselves, and Thursday evenings if anyone needs individual tuition. When we're out and about we look for a ring in a local church where we're always made welcome by the band. We also ring for local, national and international events in fact any excuse really. Overall, I'm trying to perpetuate a great British tradition that is in danger of dying out in many places.

Bore over....ha ha..
 
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Campervanannie

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Well Annie, I have been doing this for many years and I am a qualified teacher of the art. Once learned you can do it anywhere in fact I've done it all over the country and at many cathedrals and even at St Georges Chapel, Ypers, in Belgium where we spent a week in February teaching a band of ex-pat Brits and some locals who want to ring for armistice day this year - we even tried to get a ring at Henley during the music festival but there weren't enough locals to make up a band. I've rung at hundreds of weddings for happy couples although this is not about religion it's just that most bells are in churches. There are some exceptions - Manchester town hall and Bristol university have peals of bells.
I ring Sunday for the service, Monday is our practice night, Tuesday afternoon we have a U3A https://www.u3a.org.uk/ ringing group, Tuesday night is beginners practice night - currently I have 24 learners from surrounding towers on my books, Wednesday I travel to another local village to help a new band to extablish themselves, and Thursday evenings if anyone needs individual tuition. When we're out and about we look for a ring in a local church where we're always made welcome by the band. We also ring for local, national and international events in fact any excuse really. Overall, I'm trying to perpetuate a great British tradition that is in danger of dying out in many places.

Bore over....ha ha..
Wow that’s brilliant thank you so much for expanding on your original post. ?
 

trixie88

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my hobbies DID include, walking ...easy cycling, boating, camping,lldone a bit of sailing

fashion,,,,designing....dressmaking,,,,,including wedding dresses, evening dresses....

craftwork......diy.etc..................photography

done some welding....and maintained my own vehicle........
 

milton

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It is great to see many of you have hobbies which can fit in your van, even if it is just sitting in the rain with old people (which most of us do at some time!)
My main hobby now is playing the fiddle so I had to ensure the van is big enough for me to use the bow without hitting the roof, and it also gets a bit noisy. When I am travelling alone it is not a problem playing indoors, but when travelling with my unmusical other half I find myself having to play in strange places such as bus shelters, cemeteries, beachside launderettes, clifftops......
I have found it quite useful when somebody pulls up too close to your van on a French aire......when I start playing with the windows open they soon get as far away as possible.
 
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