Cambridge is an interesting place and full of all sorts of zany, madcap, weird, strange, loony and eccentric types from all over the world. We met and chatted with quite a few of them over the weekend spent on Parker's Piece in the middle of the city, also some very friendly and intellegent but definitely off-the-wall characters. On Sunday morning I saw a guy cycling along wearing top hat, tails, swimming trunks and shades!
The show was huge and as it was on public ground and there was no entry fee it was really well attended - we had our best sales weekend for ages.
This guy asked me if I could make some clubs for Indian Club Swinging and proceeded to demonstrate with some rounders bats.
I made a new handle for one of the Medieval reenactors fighting axes - which looked better than the original and at least was made from Ash rather than Hickory.
Yesterday toward the end of the show a guy called Julian asked if he could try out my spoon knives. He'd bought a piece of seasoned Yew in the market which wasn't very big so I showed him how to rough out the shape with the drawknife on the shavehorse. When it came to hollowing out the bowl he informed me that he was left-handed... so I did it for him. "Would I be prepared to swap one of my bowls and a spoon for a large piece of leather he'd had for ages". I asked to have a look at it so he cycled off to his narrow-boat and came back with this...
It's 3mm thick - any suggestions as to what I should use to soften and revive it?