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The lovely SR just sent me a link to this site, all about the use of copper in modern design:

COPPERINDESIGN.ORG

COPPERINDESIGN.ORG

There are some really interesting pieces on there, as well as lots of useful resources and links to relevant sites – there is even a wonderful design competition running at the moment but I am mortified to learn that I am too old to enter!? Damn my aged limbs. . .

Despite that, this is a ‘must visit’ site for all copper/steampunk fans – visit the site here >>

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Last night The Cakes went up to Coventry to play at Dick Dixon’s Folk Club.

A long trip up in the rain, followed by ‘running the gauntlet’ across Coventry’s numerous roundabouts / twisting road systems, saw us arrive in good time at The Maudsley Hotel good. . . only to find that the room the folk club normally used had been hired out to two girls singing Abba songs to backing tracks!

Undeterred, Dick and the regulars quickly sourced an alternative venue (the function room of The Oak pub, a few minutes away and complete with roaring wood fire) and we trekked off there in convoy of several cars, all packed full of dyed-in-the-wool folk fanatics.

A fab time ensued, with the silence well and truly broken following our shared nighttime flit across rainy Coventry.

The Cakes acquitted themselves well, and we are delighted to have secured a spot on the bill of the forthcoming Warwick Folk Festival – many thanks in advance to Dick!  Also playing that night was the great Keith Donnelly, fresh from his tour with Fairport Convention.

Here’s a  (unfortunately very blurry!) picture of the girls taken in front of the steampunky-style fire-place in The Oak:

Coventry Cakes

Coventry Cakes

We are not sure what day we will be on at Warwick as yet, but stay tuned for more details!

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Yesterday saw the start of work on the second Navaro album, the follow-up to Under Diamond Skies.

After lots of preparation and rehearsals, the band spent an initial day in the wonderful studio of Mark Stevens (recording engineer/producer extraordinaire and drummer with Little Johnny England)

Over 12 hours later we emerged tired, but extremely pleased with progress. There  is a lot more to do obviously, but we’ve got off to a great start.

Here’s an early-on shot of Pete, Steve, Mark and Beth – this time round we are going for a completely ‘live’ feel to the initial tracks so I am delighted that both myself and Will the drummer will be on everything this time also.

Stay tuned. . .

Navaro in the studio

Navaro in the studio

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Following on from my iron work guitar stand, here’s a similar thing I’ve just made for Karen in King Alfred’s Cakes for her flute:

This one is made in the following way:

  1. The legs are made from three old drill bits, welded together in a triptych of 120 degrees.
  2. These are then welded to a base assembly, formed from an old Ikea candlestick (bought from a sale bin for the grand sum of 30p!)
  3. The metal upright, which slides into the barrel of the flute, is made from another old drill bit (a differently patterned bit, possibly for wood?) with the end point filed away. This is secured into the candle holder base (in the place/position a candle would normally occupy) with some judiciously poured melted lead (which also adds a nice bit of stabilising weight)
  4. A coat of matt black paint finishes the whole thing off. . .

Here is a Work In Progress shot, as well as the finished (or so I thought!) item.

flute stand in progress

flute stand in progress

first version completed

first version completed

When I showed it to Karen she was worried that the sharp drill bit may scratch the inside of her flute, and also that the bottom resting area was not quite wide enough. Taking these iterations on board, here’s the second/final version – I welded a much wider base plate (made from an old washer) in place , and I found a transparent plastic sheath to cover the drill shaft. It’s not quite as attractive with this sheath in place, but it is removable and I may be able to find something better to cover it with in the future?

Here’s the second iteration (minus the sheath) – below that is a comparison shot showing how it looks with the protective sheath removed/in place

Second version completed

Second version completed

Side views

Side views

It’s not exactly portable (most flute stands unscrew into manageable pieces) bit I hope it adds a bt of old world character on stage!?

Now I just need to make something for Carol the cello player – stay tuned for when inspiration hits me!

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On Saturday I spent a fabulous day with the lovely ladies from King Alfred’s Cakes, having our photos taken by the remarkable Rhys Frampton, photographer par excellence.

We spent a fantastic day in Rhys’s state of the art studio, where he put us completely at our ease and took some wonderful shots for our new publicity materials and website.

Here are just a few shots from the contact sheet – stay tuned for more images!!

King Alfred's Cakes 1

King Alfred's Cakes 1

King Alfred's Cakes 2

King Alfred's Cakes 2

King Alfred's Cakes 3

King Alfred's Cakes 3

King Alfred's Cakes 4

King Alfred's Cakes 4

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