I am starting to currently study and examine tools and equipment inherited from my father in his carpentry trade. As a Bideford Boy he lived in rented accommodation at Mariners restaurant Cooper Street, at the age of fifteen my father was apprenticed to the shipbuilders in the North Devon port of Bideford, his tools were bought by a charity to enable his to be apprenticed since his mother was a widow and very poor. The tools changed his life. The industry of ship building is in the last death throws, the generation of men that build in this way are dying and so are their skills, the remains of a past history and person. I will be exploring the language of the industry and using it within the work and text will form a strong dimension of the printed surface treatment.
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