THE BLACKLAMP PUT TO BEDWe must say good-night to the Blacklamp. They have all sold and the limited run is done. What a ride! What a trip! A journey we have thoroughly enjoyed. We say thank you to all those involved in its development. We say thank you to the lighthouses that lent their lights and coordinates for the case back engraving and we thank James Thompson AKA Blackbadger for his input and machining of the glowing ring.We hear you say are you doing another? The answer is… maybe.
BEACH FURNITUREI found a book called Manual on the Use of Timber in Coastal and River Engineering by Matt Grossman and Jonathan Simm, inside this excerpt.… In coastal situations timber is used among other things for breastworks, groynes, piers, steps, ramps, boardwalks and as stepped reinforcement or fencing protection to dunes. In river situations timber is used for bank retention/reinforcement, ramps, steps, boardwalks and fishing platforms.Weathered timber is an important component of beaches, harbours and rivers where it often reinforces the traditional landscape character. The painter John Constable wrote of his native River Stour: “the sound of water escaping from mill dams,… willows, old rotten banks, slimy posts and brickwork. I love such things… They made me a painter and I am grateful”. Similarly, timber groynes, sculpted by the sea and part buried in sand are a classic element of many beach scenes…This photo was taken on Worthing pier and the above passage captures it perfectly.
The Point of Ayr Lighthouse, also known as the Talacre Lighthouse, is a Grade II listed building situated on the north coast of Wales, on the Point of Ayr, near the village of Talacre. Mr M took his Bronze Beater Bare Bones there and took this terrific shot. Built in 1776 and abandoned in 1883 but always occupied by a ghost that walks the balcony.
STRAP KITDo you remember our Strap Kit? It was not another copycat leather tool roll but a soft tweed thing like no other. We have made a new one and the above image shows the embroidered patch that adorns the front. The Strap Kit will remain a customer only product – you have to be in the club! This time around it has been redesigned to fit 16 straps and three of our drivers. It is bigger, bolder and utterly wonderful in every way. The Kits will be up on our website and ready to deliver very soon. Watch out for the official launch in a forthcoming Bulletin!
FERRIS WHEEL BLUES
I got the Ferris Wheel Blues
An excerpt from the poem “The Ferris Wheel” by Wyatt Prunty from Unarmed and Dangerous. With a Signalman in the fore.
Since the genius of the wheel was accident,
The always-almost that hadn’t,
A minor agony rehearsed as fun
While the lights came up and dark replaced the sun,
Seeming to complete their going round all day,
Paying to be turned that way.
Later, standing off, he felt the wheel’s mild dread,
Going as though it lapped the miles ahead
And rolled them up into the cloudless black,
While those who rode accelerated back
And up into the night’s steep zero-G
That proved them free.