The New English Workshop summer school 2015 is now in full flow. This week saw David Barron and Chris Schwarz teaching down in Bridgwater, Somerset, while Peter Follansbee and Tom Fidgen were running classes in Leamington Spa.
I was fortunate to be invited down to Leamington Spa on Wednesday to meet Peter and Tom, and see what the students were learning. It turns out that the first rule of being taken seriously as a journalist is to avoid wearing shoes more interesting than those worn by your interview subjects, as being surrounded by a sea of people taking photos of your feet is a little distracting. And definitely don’t wear Heironymus Bosch print Dr Martens, as Peter Follansbee will attempt to steal them off you…
It was great to meet Peter and Tom, as they are both incredibly knowledgeable and passionate woodworkers with a wealth of experience, and brimming with ideas. Hopefully they will return to Her Majesty’s Realm in future years, as I would love to take courses with both of them. It was also great to catch up with Jamie Ward of Warwickshire College, Matthew Platt of Workshop Heaven, and see a couple of fellow survivors from last year’s Anarchist’s Tool Chest.
Tomorrow I start the Woodworking with Thomas Jefferson course with Roy Underhill. As I did on last year’s dovetail death march with Chris Schwarz, I will be blogging daily from the course. So tune in every day next week to read about the day’s woodworking (and my daily battle not to squeal with excitement like a teenage girl at a One Direction show).