Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 25 February 2013
Cro has just been saying how awful it is to get old and injure yourself through work. The other thing about getting old is the tendency to repeat yourself - you've seen these photos before, but I know you have, so I am relying on another symptom of old age when I show you them again - forgetfulness.
False economy: I bought this massive block of unidentified French stone from a bankrupt mason's yard because it was so cheap - about £30, I seem to remember.
It sat in my yard for a year or two until the owner of an ancient manor-house came to me because the egg-shaped finials either side on the gateposts to it had been stolen, and he wanted to replace them using photographs.
He also said that he wanted a few mice to be crawling around on top of the new ones (which greatly upset the local planners), and the name of the manor carved into the eggs. His girlfriend liked mice.
The scale and hardness of the stone meant that he ended up with rats rather than mice, but he didn't seem to mind. I split the block, then took the smaller piece to a stone yard to be roughly turned into two, egg-shaped bits which had excess left on for the 'mice', and when I went back to pick them up, the turner looked at me with utter hatred and told me never to bring him a piece of that stone again.
Some years later, I had forgotten the look of hatred in his eyes, and used the rest of the block to make the head below - because it was there.
Another picture of the top of my head - a view that most average height people rarely get unless I am kneeling in front of them, for some reason. It's a view that I keep expecting the Queen to be treated to (Services to Blogging), but I keep being passed over.
From the first whack I gave this block, I understood the hatred in that turners eyes. Sometimes it's better just to throw something away and start all over again, but at least the owners know that these items will last for hundreds of years, no matter what weather is thrown at them.