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Collaboration Summation

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 2, 2014, 1:17 PM


:iconaldwarke: aldwarke Harry Wells (from here on referred to as Harry)
and
I have just completed our third and certainly most ambitious
WellSnazzie collaboration to date.
Please click here for details of our first collaboration

The idea started off initially as a diptych, and evolved into a triptych
based on the W.B. Yeats poem “The Song Of Wandering Aengus”.

A triptych is a work of art (usually a panel paintings) that is divided into three sections
respectively, which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.


The Song of Wandering Aengus Triptych - Inside by snazzie-designz

The project went on continuously for three to four months,
with the aim of having it completed in time for the Winterton
Agricultural Show on 5th/6th July 2014. We just got it finished
the day before the show, and were delighted to find that it
had won first place in the “Miscellaneous Crafts” category.

:iconaldwarke: aldwarke Here’s an account of Harry’s experience of
the collaboration:


International Collaboration on Deviant Art

Earlier this year I shared a wonderful collaborative experience with DA
member snazzie-designz (from here on referred  to as Snazzie).
Together we made a wooden box to contain runes made by Snazzie.
(aldwarke.deviantart.com/journa…

I made the basic box which was then decorated by Snazzie to show my
name in the Runic script together with my birth sign.

We originally 'met' through the pages of Deviant Art and continued
much of the design correspondence through this channel and later by
email. At times it was necessary to send parts backwards and forwards,
Ireland to England. Thanks to DA a wonderful partnership developed.

Flushed by this success we decided to do a more ambitious project
which Snazzie has submitted to DA.

We came up with what we considered to be the ultimate in
international collaboration, Snazzie is Irish living in Ireland. I am half
Irish/English living in England, so who better to commemorate in our
triptych than W.B. Yeats, the Anglo-Irish poet. We chose his mystical
poem 'Song of the Wandering Aengus'.

We co-operated on the triptych for over three months by email and
parcel post as various bits and pieces again went back on forth. At one
time I began to think that the piece spent more time on the Irish Sea
than on land. Eventually it was necessary for Snazzie to come and stay
with me for a week in order to get it into shape.

I don't like deadlines but I was vain enough to want to enter it into a
big craft show in England. We finished it in my workshop the night
before the show.

It was an inspiring though perhaps tiring process at times but from it
I learned a great deal from Snazzie about design, patience and
personal application to a task.

It was part of my pleasure to see Snazzie working under guidance,
with feminine panache, on woodworking machines. Working on a
pencil box for herself she used the router table, saw table, planer and
had an interesting experience with a Japanese pull-saw - not the
slightest sign of blood either.

----- End of Harry’s Commentary -----

The triptych frame was designed, and hand-made by Harry, including
coming up with the innovative idea of sandwiching layers of smooth
plywood to a hardwood core to allow for two perfect burning surfaces,
front and back, with a strong core to allow the frame to stand upright.
When the triptych frame arrived over the Irish Sea to me it was in a
self-assembly kit form, and I was astounded at the absolute precision,
and alignment of the frames, and the perfectly smooth and clean
surfaces I was given to work with. I knew I had my work cut out for me
to keep my end of the bargain up.

All of the parts were burned separately. The outside edges of the
frames have a hand-burned chequered pattern which took 3 weeks to
do. The link between each of the verses is blossoms and fruits of trees,
so each frame has similar knotwork, but with fruit corresponding to the
verse.  The panels themselves contain original artwork corresponding
to the verses.

When the pieces were burned and ready for finishing and assembly I
was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Harry the week before
the show, and it was even more of a delight to work with him in person
than it has been to collaborate over emails. I am eternally grateful for
having been made to feel so welcome by both Harry and Pam (a
prodigious artisan herself) who opened their home wholeheartedly to
this unknown stranger, so much so that I felt right at home there.

People often underestimate the skill involved in the finishing process,
and many of my earlier projects have been destroyed by using the
wrong products to finish it, or using them incorrectly. Harry has vast
experience of these techniques, and deftly and perfectly finished all of
the pieces. The sign of a true master is someone who makes it look
easy.

Finally it was ready for assembly. Harry had chosen the perfect hinges
to match the chequered pattern on the frame edges, and it took the
two of us to balance the piece and accurately mount the hinges. When
it was complete we both just stared at it from all angles for about
fifteen minutes with a sense of disbelief. The piece suddenly made
sense, all unified into completeness, and has now become more than
the sum of its parts.

In the days after the show, we had some time to spare, so Harry was
kind enough to show me how to make my very own box; a first for me.
There were quite a few “firsts” for me in that process; the first time
using a router, the first time using a band saw, the first time using a
plane, the first time using a circular bladed table saw  to name but a
few. All of these machines seemed fairly daunting monstrosities, but
with Harry’s excellent guidance, encouragement and blind faith, I
managed to use them and even started to get the hang of one or two
of them by the end of the day. There wasn’t even one instance of him
cowering in a corner in terror whilst watching this newbie work with his
valued machinery, which I thought showed true grit! I now have a
beautiful pencil box as an eternal keepsake of this wonderful journey,
and look forward to the next WellSnazzie collaboration with
excitement.

If you want more information on the burning and construction process,
seeing work in progress pictures, and sample pieces that didn't make
it to the final piece, click here.




  • Mood: Anguish
  • Listening to: The wind in the trees
  • Watching: The stars in the sky

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