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Post by Adrian on 24th March 2010, 1:37 pm

Wow, just wow

Loved it - never thought that it would every appeal to me as much as green woodwork, but the level of skill achieved was astonishing

I did love the final pieces as well - though the combination of water and stone made the winning piece and winner for me as that's what I like to work with as a landscaper.

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Post by Compostwoman on 24th March 2010, 5:28 pm

I enjoyed it as well and thought the right person's design won....although they were ( yet again) all great stuff

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Post by MrsC on 25th March 2010, 8:41 am

Once again I forgot this was on and forgot to set my magic box to record it. Off to find it on iplayer later...

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 25th March 2010, 9:36 am

It's been an interesting series all round - especially to see where people come from when they signed up for the different challenges and how their perceptions of it had changed when they reached the end. I'm glad the sundial I liked best was chosen as the winner & it just goes to show how it needs just the right amount of patience, technical skill and flair to blend to get something stunning. Nothing's ever as simple as it looks!

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Post by Dandelion on 25th March 2010, 9:41 am

One thing which has struck me if how each of the crafts which has been shown is based on slow, repetitive actions, which must initiate a certain pace of life and way of thinking. My training was in ceramics, which isn't so slow per se, but repetition is needed to become good.

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Post by Adrian on 25th March 2010, 10:32 am

Dandelion wrote:One thing which has struck me if how each of the crafts which has been shown is based on slow, repetitive actions, which must initiate a certain pace of life and way of thinking.

That's my feeling about Voluntary Simplicity, a slowing down of the pace of life. Of course we are v busy day to day, but overall, the taking the time to do things, like those craftspeople we have watched, rather than purchasing goods/service/lifestyle, all these things lead to a clearer and more appreciative frame of mind.
Not that I am advocating us going back to banging the rocks together, I am way to partial to the pre-grown, pre-roasted coffee beans we buy and I do rather like our coffee maker and other appliances, but those conveniences do free time up for me to do other things which give my life meaning and worth.

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Post by Compostwoman on 25th March 2010, 11:10 am

I posted before you Badger, along the same lines? but it seems to have got lost...

But yes, I agree...making things and growing things and having to slow down and think a bit about it all...and learning by repetition and careful work all seem to help the VS process along

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Post by Guest on 25th March 2010, 1:25 pm

Wood Troll managed to down load it from UKnova (thanks for tip Badger)...so we can put in out twopennith soon!!!

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Post by Compostwoman on 25th March 2010, 8:06 pm

You will enjoy them I think Zoe and Wood Troll

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Post by Guest on 25th March 2010, 10:15 pm

Watched the stone mason one now. They do show courage! I agree about the repetitive action. It’s the same on the pole lathe. You have to have a rhythm. I'm not surprised the test electrician struggled as he needs to find his "balance" first. I realised how much I had lost from doing the work I used to do. I couldn't draw any more or sew. So I realised I had to learn again and started by sweeping the floor with a broom. Not fighting it but working with it.

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