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Friday 23 November 2012

More Bristol Street Art... in Stokes Croft

I thought I'd put another couple of images on my blog of street art that has caught my eye whilst out and about in Bristol. These were taken in Stokes Croft, which used to be a very run down part of town but has become a bit of a trendy area in recent years. Mind you, it can still bite you sometimes and you need to respect the edgier side of the place.  

Extreme wood workshops!

I've spent the last three days working with a company called Touchwood Enterprises, helping to run some workshops for them at Bannerman Road and Whitehall Primary schools in Bristol.  The children ranged in age from 4 to about 10.

The kids had a great time and got stuck into the jobs so it was a lot of fun, despite heavy rain and gale force winds. We even got a couple of singalongs going  - 'Singing in the Rain' anyone?!  It certainly put my new waterproofs to the test but they performed well, thank goodness!
I don't think I've ever taught outside in such foul weather for three consecutive days, but the shelter kept the worst out and the young people's enthusiasm was great.

We peeled sweet chestnut logs, used froes and mallets to cleave logs and then drawknives and shavehorses to shape pegs, which were fixed into already-fitted poles to make climbing routes. All the timber worked on is to be used in new play areas being constructed at the schools.


Drawknives and shavehorses are being used to shape pegs in the photo above, with an example of fitted pegs in the play structure shown below: