Pull this one.Alas! The misuse of modern technology.Pull this one. by aldwarke
'Hi! Our records indicate that you qualify
For a new boiler under a Government scheme'
Beware of geeks bearing gifts.
Tedium or Te DeumThe days pass by so quickly now,Tedium or Te Deum by aldwarke
Not much time to do anything.
The dustbin men come and go,
Brown bin this week, green one next,
The window cleaner's here again,
I'm sure he came only last week.
Those kids should be back in school now.
Hey up! That postman's late today.
Is this how life is measured now?
As Eliza Doolittle might have said:
'What me? Not bloody likely!'
Not if I've anything to do with it.
Sleepy Summer EveningLate swallows swoop and pipistrelles skitterSleepy Summer Evening by aldwarke
To and fro across the house, skimming the eaves.
Against a soft darkening sky streaked with red
Gulls return to the bosom of mother sea.
The smell of grass rises sweet on the damp air.
While daisies quietly close their eyes in sleep
The blackbird sweetly sings a lullaby
And I to bed until his reveille.
This has been my first craft collaboration and an international one at that. Many packages have passed back and forth across the Irish Sea in this wonderful journey of co-creation. The collaboration was not something either of us had initially planned on; it came about through a natural process.
I was inspired by some of the beautiful pieces by aldwarke and commented on them. In his reply the topic of runes came up. He had seen some in my gallery and it went from there. Generally, I don't make runes for people unless they are genuinely interested in them.
We share a common interest in Celtic/Norse culture; working with a like-minded person is a very refreshing and enlightening. We both intuited each other’s next steps. Aldwarke sent me the perfect wood to burn for the lid. This close grained Scandinavian wood (a dream to burn) tied in nicely with the texture of the runes. Aldwarke matched the copper on the inside lid’s scallops to the copper I had had added to the lid’s outer surface. The runes themselves are a deeply personal thing for me as the maker of them. They all come from the same branch of a tree and are specifically made for one person.
It has been a delight from start to finish collaborating on this project with aldwarke. We have brought out the best in each other and I have learned a great deal from aldwarke’s knowledge of wood which he is most generous in sharing. Maybe I taught him a thing or two about copy and paste along the way though. But the very best things for me are the fun and stories that we shared along the journey and that I have found a new friendship that I think will be as strong and as meaningful as the rune box which started it all.