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White wood proposal

Postby davestovell » Wed May 30, 2012 5:23 pm

I would just like to share with you my proposal for a feature at this years Tent London exhibition to be held at the old Truman brewery in Brick lane during the London Design Festival. It has been shortlisted to the final ten and is now out for a public vote.
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Basically, I propose to make an area which is painted entirely white, floor, tools, pole lathe, chopping block clothes everything, even the logs that I will be working. Then as I gradually work the wood the colours will be revealed and accentuated against the white background.

A more in-depth description can be found here: http://www.davidstovell.blogspot.co.uk/

So why am I doing this? well I sit between two worlds, the design world (which sometimes gets a bit of flack from here) and the green woodworking world and I like to think that both could gain from each other so I entered the 'White Wood' proposal and have got to the shortlist, fingers crossed, If I am successful and do manage to get a space for the September event I will feed back any interesting information or comments.

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Re: White wood proposal

Postby ToneWood » Wed May 30, 2012 10:28 pm

Interesting idea. I guess all the bits and pieces we work with can become a bit of a visual jumble - but I love that woodland jumble feel. I guess it might be interesting to see what is left with that all removed. The focus being entirely on the emerging wood. I like piles of wood chips and shavings, so good to see those will be part of this. It kind of gives me the creeps though, sterile, Randall & Hopkirk vibe. :D
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby Bob_Fleet » Wed May 30, 2012 11:07 pm

All the best
Interesting idea and hopefully it will accentuate the colours from the wood.
Don't use holly though :D

Isn't there room for a white POLE instead of that elastic stuff (spit and wash my mouth out).
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby davestovell » Wed May 30, 2012 11:18 pm

Dear Tonewood, thanks for your thoughts.

It kind of gives me the creeps though, sterile, Randall & Hopkirk vibe.


Well that's exactly what I am not trying to create but I can see where you are coming from. My intention is to not re-create a woodland workshop in a city with fakery all around but to use the whiteness as a way of focusing on the material. In this exhibition space there is a steady flow of people and it isn't the sort of place do a demonstration of a particular technique, rather it is the sort of space where catching peoples attention is very difficult with most just watching for a small amount of time or for a single process, I certainly don't imagine that anyone will stay to watch a whole process(like log to leg). I am wanting to create a ripple of interest as many would have been to several shows before this one on the same day. This much visual stimulation creates a sort of image overload and people just switch off so I am trying to create an interesting space for tired eyes. hopefully they will go away with a few taste-buds tickled.
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby davestovell » Wed May 30, 2012 11:25 pm

Isn't there room for a white POLE instead of that elastic stuff


mmmm. My set up at home is with the devils knicker elastic :evil: and I haven't used one with a pole (heretic) and whilst it would be nice to have one,I fear it would add another possible headache, also isn't there a danger of the paint flaking off from the pole?
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby Bob_Fleet » Wed May 30, 2012 11:39 pm

davestovell wrote:isn't there a danger of the paint flaking off from the pole?
Could always use a flexible/rubberised paint. (almost back to that elastic again)
A peeled sycamore is white and plenty of time to dry one. Possibly ash.
Usually plenty courtesy of the local council or parks dep't. Maybe railway or canal side even but probably best to get permission there - especially BR.
As they're no longer dormant you'll probably need to scrub it so you don't get dark mould etc growing on the sap though.
Same for the supports for the pole.
Mine lives in the rafters of the garage so its dry.
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby davestovell » Wed May 30, 2012 11:44 pm

Thanks for that Bob, I will bear it in mind and see if it's possible, It would look better as well.
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby gavin » Thu May 31, 2012 9:01 am

davestovell wrote:
Isn't there room for a white POLE instead of that elastic stuff


mmmm. My set up at home is with the devils knicker elastic :evil: and I haven't used one with a pole (heretic) and whilst it would be nice to have one,I fear it would add another possible headache, also isn't there a danger of the paint flaking off from the pole?


Try a lathe with a pole yourself then and see how you like it. You probably will. Poles can be difficult to tune and fettle so they run sweetly. Rubber is therefore a good solution, especially as poles need fixing to the floor. If you cannot anchor your pole-end you are " scunnered" as they say in Scotland. You could anchor it to a sheet of plywood, but that means you have to transport one more bulky thing on site.

Poles really grab the public's attention and would be well worth the effort. You could have the pole-end outside your fence, and a sign saying "Hold me" on it. Folk will then come and touch it and they will love it - esp any toddlers who will stagger over and grab that pole and then beam and smile. You see, they remember a time not long ago when they heard a noise at a similar rhythm to your foot-stroke: mum's heart-beat :D !

You can make the pole white by wrapping cloth round it, or sheathing it in cloth. Do leave the "hold me" section bare so folk can connect.

Well done for getting shortlisted!! let us know when & where the show is if you get the gig.
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu May 31, 2012 10:21 am

Nice one Gavin - rubber solution, I see what you did there.
If I'm doing a demo on paving slabs then two cold chisels hammered between them do the job.
Not always possible especially with expensive river washed sandstone or indoors, the organisers don't seem to like chisels hammered into their floors.
You may find that part of their barrier system helps. Perhaps the stanchion for a rope fence.
A 'mega' tree stump with a hole in the side looks great - again painted white and as Gavin says it could be outside the 'arena' and folk could even sit on it.
Urban equivalent is 4 or 5 cinder blocks but you really need the weight.They'd look good in white too.
If you could borrow an old 56lb weight with a ring it could look really good, pole through the ring so it touches the ground too.
Looking forward to seeing the outcome now.
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby ToneWood » Thu May 31, 2012 12:46 pm

davestovell wrote:... it is the sort of space where catching peoples attention is very difficult with most just watching for a small amount of time or for a single process, I certainly don't imagine that anyone will stay to watch a whole process(like log to leg). I am wanting to create a ripple of interest as many would have been to several shows before this one on the same day. This much visual stimulation creates a sort of image overload and people just switch off so I am trying to create an interesting space for tired eyes. hopefully they will go away with a few taste-buds tickled.
You may be onto something. Big city/big exhibitions can be exhausting, over-stimulating for those not used to it. (How about a broad brimmed hat, like Bob's, in white?)
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu May 31, 2012 1:00 pm

Here'sthe hat thread.
H&S too.
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby nic » Thu May 31, 2012 2:00 pm

I like the idea of the wood inside being exposed as you cut through the paint. There was an artist that did a series of pieces were he removed successive growth rings from a tree to show what it looked like when it was smaller / younger. Reminds me of that in an odd sort of way.

I don't think paint would peel of a pole- the actual radius of bend is very large. But if it did wouldn't that be part of the process?
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby davestovell » Thu May 31, 2012 2:19 pm

I like some of your ideas, especially being able to feel the rhythm, unfortunately there are strict rules at this exhibition about access and nothing is allowed outside the barrier but I will keep thinking as to if this could be done.

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You can vote by signing up for the newsletter (and then canceling if you want to). There are ten ideas and four spaces so there is a 40% chance of getting one. the link for the news letter is : http://www.tentlondon.co.uk/ then fill in the box on the right hand side.

How about a broad brimmed hat, like Bob's, in white?


What a bit like this?

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or do you think the flower is a bit showy :D
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby ToneWood » Thu May 31, 2012 7:03 pm

No, that's perfect. Very fetching :D
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Re: White wood proposal

Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu May 31, 2012 7:09 pm

You can vote for Dave HERE

Do it NOW !!
last date 6th June.
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