Friday, October 16, 2020

Queen Anne House

Lavender House in the Day.

Lavender House at Night

Starting in the attic, there is a painters studio,

where the turret serves as a light room for painting.

Along the corridor is a sewing room and

the painters store room. Most of the works stored are Gek's "master pieces" with some of the miniature art collected on our travels. 

Down the stairs to the first floor is the Chinoiserie Room furnished with hand made and painted pieces from China.

The master bedroom furnish with pieces done by Jane Newman.  

The second bedroom with Queen Anne furniture.

The bathroom.

Down the spiral stairs to the ground floor,

to the reception.

Dining area.

Kitchen. Table, dresser and sink unit by Jane Newman.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

B & W Outhouse Progress


A start.

All in days or twos work, or should that be play?

Doing a bit of 'reburb' on the kitchen half.  When complete, the B & W house will have accommodation for a cook, a houseboy, a gardener and a driver.  Also a kitchen and a garage.

Friday, August 21, 2020


Determined effort to get the job done!!!!

Monday, August 17, 2020

New to the Chinoiserie Collection.

 Think the room is completely furnished now.

Saturday, August 8, 2020


 Varnishing day tomorrow.

Not quite finished inside and hinges providing a challenge.

After varnishing, fitting the drawer handles.  black cloth to make finding things I drop easier to find.  Covers the floor as well.

In place. Still no hinges

Monday, July 27, 2020

Highboy - The Beginning

Photo from Norman's book.

Four legs completed, bar the cropping and front apron and back panel profiled.

The ornamental top is the next challenge.

Proofing top ornament done. 5 drawer bodies completed.

Bodies completed and fronts added.  Now for the varnishing.

Highboy - The End

 Working towards perfection........I wish.  couple of issues to be resolved on the next make.

But looks OK in the bedroom setting

Friday, July 3, 2020

Rhode Island Progress

 From Norman's book, through the chaos

to four mates waiting to be clothed.

The beginning.

Just the cushion and the back embroidery to do.

Still need to improve the upholstery to match the quality of the embroidery piece done by Gek as a nod to

 the embroidery on the  late 16th century chair.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Candle Table

First,turn the post.

Machine the slots to take the legs. Use template to achieve 120 deg spacing.

Cut out the legs.

 After turning the top,

and adding the hinge, folding table.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Gek's Embroidery

An embroidery frame.

and in place in the sewing room.

A fire screen,

and in place in the San Fran dinning room.  Lots to do during the lockdown!!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Rotating Display

For The Gek Contemporary.

The power unit.  A motor and gear box, 1:250, from China plus a further reduction of around 1:3 with a Lazy Susan to carry the display boards.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Gek's Mini Gallery

 Atop the Queen Anne stairs.  The idea is to replicate Gek's painting kit in miniature,

in an attic studio. Now need the bits and pieces, tubes of paint, bottle of white spirit, etc. That will take some time to source.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Gek Contemporary

Completed and in place.