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Pour It! Weld It! with Caro Burberry: an update

Posted on August 9, 2017

A triumphant end to Caro's US residency

Dear Friends

I’m late. I’m crushed, grubby, happy and fulfilled. What wonderful people to work with – we installed my big sculpture this week (still to be named) – 1423lbs of Cast Iron. Here are some photos.

Final update when I reach New York in a few days. And have a proper mattress to sleep on. And constant water supply. I will strangely miss my tent and certainly the wonderful Masse family, crew and artists who have helped me realise this sculpture project. I am proud to be part of their 'family'.

Big hugs from Sculpture Trails, Solsberry, Indiana.


Preparing the cement base

Preparing the base

Waiting for the cement to dry!

Waiting for the base to dry out

Winching up the sculpture

Winching the sculpture

Hoisting the sculpture onto the base

Hoisting the sculpture onto the base

The finished piece...

The finished piece

...and the celebration!



Brainstorming around jacket potatoes

Posted on August 9, 2017

How to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Big Storm of 1987

A few anniversaries are coming up in the world of tree lovers and green wood. The bicentenary of Henry David Thoreau, the 800th anniversary of the Charter of Trees, the bicentenary of Herefordshire chair maker Philip Clissett (did you not know about him?!), and finally the 30th anniversary of the Big Storm of 1987, which pulled many trees down, and triggered a revival of green wood craft.

On 14 and 15 October, you can expect a lot of tree lovers/green wood craftspeople to be at Out Of Nature, demonstrating and talking about the value of our woods and how best to manage them.

Wind of Change at Out of NatureGreen wood work stars Mike Abbott and Gudrun Leitz, together with Out Of Nature organiser Brontë Woodruff and tree photographer Archie Miles, met to discuss the exciting programme of events. Another few jacket potato dinners and there should be some event details on the website!

The result of this jacket potato meeting is https://goingwiththegrain.org/the-wind-of-change/.

Photo (top) – from left to right: Gudrun Leitz, Brontë Woodruff, Archie Miles (Mike Abbott is behind the camera).

Pour It! Weld It! with Caro Burberry

Posted on July 24, 2017

One of our Out of Nature 2017 artists is on residency in the USA this summer

Out of Nature 2017 exhibitor Caro Burberry is over in the US for a summer residency. She reports on Week 7 of an exacting schedule.

Caro Burberry US residency

“It's been a week of full-on work at the foundry for all artists making carvings and models, moulding them and pouring in iron, then metalworking to cut off spruces that feed the metal into the mould and bleed gases from them to ensure best possible casts. Artists have interns allotted to them – Eve, Victoria, Devon and Paul so far for me – depending on what work we have on the go and need extra skilled hands for...

So here’s a round up of the week’s activity from my workbench. Photos: Ariana (who carries the meanest knife I’ve ever seen) on the pour line levelling out moulds and glueing on pour cups with core paste, a fire proof glue; one of my castings with its spruce system still attached; and a pink styrofoam carving waiting for its spruces to be attached before sand moulding.

I don’t want to hear a single complaint about a heatwave in the UK – today was 100 degrees and we still pour metal! Anything for the art! Onwards and upwards...”

Caro Burberry work in progress Caro Burberry styrofoam carving