Welcome to the home of the Gnome


{Sam and Pete at Crag Head}

Gardens-by-Design: A wonderful name for a Garden Gnome to trade under, but it sounds good any way. This site is a bit of a rag bag of various things, but many are related to Brantwood (Home of John Ruskin 1872-1900) because (a) I spend a lot of time there and (b) many of the things that I do are related to woodland crafts. Also there are links to some of my more obscure ramblings and interests, for any Alan Moore fans out there there is a link to some pages I am putting together of his early work. "Hey he's just some guy I used to know".

I have tried to keep the pages as simple as possible to allow access from all browsers and to keep file sizes small, some images are larger than I would like, but to get an acceptable resolution I had to compromise ( that is my excuse and I'm sticking to it).

To people who do not know me and wonder where the *Gnome* reference comes from: What would you call a small bearded indivual, with a propensity for wearing silly hats and is usually found lurking in a garden somewhere? If you are having difficulty with this site ie. slow downloads, please try a mirror site at http://www.gbd.freeuk.com/ or http://www.gbd.org.uk/ or http://www.g-by-design.freeserve.co.uk/

Please note that this site (www.gbd.org.uk, mirrors will be updated when this site is fully tested) is currently being updated and not all links are included in the site map, also not all pages are complete,but hopefully within a few days all will be revealed ;-)


Current projects:

Yes there is certainly never enough time to do everything that I would like to do, in fact there is not enough time to do all the things I have to do. There are several projects *ongoing* I have Trellises to make using oak lattice work, a woven panel fence (also in oak), hurdles, 19th century walkingstick stand!, four double Windsor style seats (mostly in oak) and a riven fence to make (bet you can't guess the wood!). I do work with other materials but at the moment it does seem that oak is the flavour of the day. See examples of some of the woodland products here

Charcoal Burns will be undertaken occasionally throughout the year at Brantwood, also most Fridays will find me there doing some form of green wood work or carving.

Pole Lathe

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