Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 21 May 2012
Ok, here it is - the moment you have all been scratching your arses for - the finished pear-tree surround in place in the 17th century Dorset study.
Well, my bit's finished, but the builder has to build an entire new wall surrounding it, then plaster it flush to the face of my stonework, so it will appear as if built in. That will also hide the oak beam you can see either side of the frieze, and the fixings above it. He will lose about 4.5 inches of room in his study, but for what spiritual gain? Man cannot live by bread alone.
It's funny, but it looks quite small now it is up, but the frieze alone weighs a quarter of a ton, and the rest of it weighs about half a ton. It is six feet three and a half inches wide - a half an inch wider than I am tall.
I am not showing you this out of simple pride in my achievements, or because you have held my hand for a short while down the arduous path which lead to it's design and creation. Oh no, there is more to it than that.
I am hoping that one or two of you people that call yourselves interior designers will persuade your 'clients' that they need a good piece of English stonework, made by someone with an art-school training and 40 years of experience.
You can find my email address somewhere on this site.
Well don't just sit their staring, make a few phone calls! Now!