Kit-making Party - 22nd October
With an influx of new members we had to manufacture some rag-jackets and we were down to our last two spare sticks. So, we arranged a stick-making party, to be followed by the usual mucking-about.
The workforce included Alison, Chris, Colin, Dave K, Dave Y, Diane, Doug, Eddie, Isobel, Jane, Jenny,Joe, Linda, Mike G, Pam, Susie,and Vera.
rag-jacket-making process starts with an awful lot of
shopping for material, and the tailoring of hand-made
black waistcoats. This takes a while.
Once the party convenes and stops drinking tea, the first step is to take the carefully-purchasing material and reduce it to rags. Eddie demonstates the cutting process.
|The cut strips
after then pinned onto the waistcoats following a
carefully designed sequence.
Susie instructs Eddie in this mystic art, while Jane and Diane do some more cutting-up.
|Vera quality-checks Isobels pinning.|
|Then the happy
workers in the machining department sew on the layer of
Pam telling Alison how much she enjoys her work.
in the garage, something stirs.
Jenny, Doug, Mike G and Joe are whittling, shaving and sanding the sticks that we coppiced a year ago.
|Dave Y, Dave K
and Mike G on the final strokes of sanding their sticks.
Dave K seems to enjoy this.
|The end product
of the stick-making.
I think we made about 40 sticks that day - nearly enough to last us a year.
that keeps the wheels turning.
Chris with some of the tea consumed during the day.