Archive for April, 2015

April 9th, 2015

Chairs by Jim Parsons

As ever, it is a pleasure to be showing some of Jim Parson’s beautiful chairs in the 2015 Spring Festival Exhibition. We will have two Wenhaston carvers on show together with some Sandling side chairs, a Cransford stool and a Hoo carver – all made by hand using Suffolk ash and oak. The photographs show […]

April 9th, 2015

Painted Furniture & a new Hall Chair

The painted furniture in the 2015 Spring Festival Exhibition takes inspiration from the work of Tessa Newcomb together with early painted chairs and chests from Pennsylvania in New England. There are many intriguing connections between the easter seaboards of north eastern United States and East Anglia – and, in particular, between Suffolk UK and parts […]

April 9th, 2015

Glemham Hedge Chairs

Glemham Hedge Chairs are made at the farm’s workshop by Raymond Hopkins using small sections of oak, ash, hawthorn, elm and yew from hedgerows and woodland growing nearby. Other prototypes have been produced by Jim Parsons. The Glemham Hedge Chairs borrow designs and ways of making chairs from Irish and Welsh chair making traditions. The […]

April 9th, 2015

The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Suffolk Chair Collection was started to help promote and celebrate chair making traditions in the Alde Valley area of East Suffolk and in nearby Mid Suffolk. Mendlesham chairs are well known within UK and are highly valued – broken chairs will almost always be rescued for restoration. Lesser known East Anglian Ball Back chairs […]

April 9th, 2015

“Shelter” by Charlie Hawkins

Something interesting is taking shape in the sheep barns ! Charlie Hawkins has been stripping hazel coppice stems from the farm’s nuttery to add to the main frame of his beautiful construction “Shelter”. Last week he completed the chassis, made from home-milled oak beams and old cast iron wheels. The next step is the addition […]

April 3rd, 2015

Structures on the Farm …

… some intriguing new temporary structures are appearing at White House Farm, the home of the Spring Festival. Some are inspired by the designs of architect Hafsa Bell and the work of sculptor Sarah Pirkis – recipient of a 2014 Spring Festival Workshop Residency; others by reference books such as “Shelters, Shacks and Shanties” by […]

April 3rd, 2015

A Sister Festival in the Heart of Borneo

2015 sees the tenth anniversary of The Alde Valley Spring Festival’s sister project Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit – aka The Bario and Kelabit Highlands Food & Cultural Festival. Created in 2006 by community members in the beautiful Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, East Malaysia, Pesta Nukenen celebrates the remarkable food, farming and forest heritage of […]

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