I think that it is time to introduce a particularly creative member of my family to you. This is Phil - the wood-working son in law. That is too long to type so he will be known as TWWSIL. Husband of Fiona, who many will know from WoW. He is to wood as we are to fabric - can't resist it. He has a stash and going with him to a woodstore is just like being with a quilter in a fabric shop. The furniture he makes is lovely - very Macintosh and he uses his own designs. He sometimes makes frames for me. Here are a couple - not good pics but I've sold both pieces so can't take new.
I hope he doesn't see the one I distressed - when I got it, it was wonderfully smooth and oiled, but I soon put a stop to that!
Phil writes for lots of the Woodwork magazines and has always wanted to write a book so yesterday we had a meeting with Michael Wicks, who did such a wonderful job on Embellish and Stitch. Michael is well known as a photographer but he is also skilled at book layouts, as E&S proves. He was very excited about Phil's work and I think the book will happen. Michael turned out to be a keen wood worker too, so we lost them in Phil's workshop for ages.
I must say that I loved the immediacy of doing a book with MW. The pages were constructed around the pics and anything that needed changing could happen very quickly. It would be impossible for any main stream publisher to work in this way.
I will keep you posted on the Phil book but now, it's time for coffee.