Cressing Temple 2014

The European Woodworking Show


Cressing Temple Barns


Saturday 21st September, European Woodworking Show at Cressing Temple Barns, just southeast of Braintree. These two very large barns are well worth looking at, built just after 1200AD for the Knights Templar.


All in the car, left home at 9.45. Tickets in hand, in we go, first person we meet was Bob Neill’s wife Dell, into the marquee we go and there was Bob welcoming as usual, ‘pyrography’ par excellence. Jeremy and Andrew of Treeincarnated, known for their beautiful Windsor chairs, had some superb examples on show.


Fiona Kingdom had some very intricate pieces of scroll saw work, with some pink guitars with fancy inlaid fingerboards.


There was a collection of old fashioned string marionettes, upstairs in the granary the B.W.A. held a carving competition, damned good pieces, judged by us the public (which piece would you like to take home), on show was last years winner, a green turtle, spalted beech body shell, with lime flippers head and tail, a really nice piece (both of us voted for it last year)


I must say it was very nice of Mark Hancock c/o Classic Tools, to donate £1000 for first and second prizes.


Put side, Hawthorne heavy horses had logging demo’s, whilst Jon Tiplady, Suffolk wheelwright, was heat shrinking a metal tyre onto a wooden cartwheel.

There were also demonstrations of oak timber framing, willow baskets, hewing, greenwood furniture, and hand made knives etcetera.


In the wheat barn, furniture making, wooden plane maker, joiner and cabinet making, Veritas Demo’s. Lie Neilson Toolworks and workbenches that are too good for the workshop.


The Barley barn the AWGB had an assortment of pieces for the Loughborough Seminar, including one from Ryan Barker. There were a couple of companies with computer controlled CNC routers. Chelmsford Marquetry had some fantastic pictures, boxes, jewellery and furniture items.


Terry from Chestnut Finishes was there, along with Rodin Storey with assorted woods. Robert Sorby/Turners Retreat with their usual selection of tools, it was nice to see Chris Pouncy again.


There was a nice table set out with assorted veneers, I did not know that trees came in so many colours (Missed some from your ‘Tree of Woods’ Howard? Ron). Mark Hancock and Nick Agar were there with our hosts, Classic hand tools. Magma lack Line had Titan Lathes at £6000 plus also in the doorway was a Magma lathe looking the same as an Axminster Power Tools version that we looked at o the way home from Detling back in March at Axminster’s depot at Sittingbourne.


We used the Wok and Roll for a chicken and duck Chow Mein, Ron and Vic also in the queue for Chow Mein, poor old Mick had to look on!


There must have been 16 or so Bury Club members at the show, I hope you all had a good day, as we had.


The above mentioned demonstrators and trade stands are a sample of what was there, many thanks to Mick Hancock and Joy Allen c/o Classic Hand Tools for putting on the this fifth at Cressing

Thanks to Ron for getting cheaper tickets


Howard Dyson



By Ron Davis on October 31st, 2013