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2nd Day of Construction: Doing joints, adjusting the forms, making sculptural desicions, doing some lashing with manila rope and experimenting lifting. With the help of Tim Orson, Ell Woolly, Tim gibbons, Andrew Darke and Gary Coates.
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Just started, with grading the wood, with Carpenters Tim Orson, Elly Woolley, Tim Gibbons, and helpers Rebecca Hooper, Gary Coates and Adrian Ann.
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A unique opportunity to work with the Artist-in-Residence at Gloucester Cathedral
28th May – 11th June
12noon – 4pm and 4 – 8pm every day except Sundays
Free

What’s going on?
As the culmination of his year at Gloucester Cathedral, artist David Behar will be installing three large scale sculptures inspired by medieval scaffolding and made from long green-wood timber poles. One of these will be made outside the Cathedral with the participation of the public, echoing the joint community effort it took to raise a cathedral in medieval times.
David is looking for people to help him make it happen.

Who can take part?
Anyone who is physically fit and is more than 18 years of age.

What could I do? I know nothing about carpentry and I’m scared of heights.

No experience is needed; David and his team of experts will be around to teach you. You could help with making the timber joints, help with lashing and frapping them together, or help with pulling and lifting the poles into position. You will not be required to climb, indeed you will not be allowed to.
 
What will I get out of it?
You’ll learn about the process of building a cathedral and the mindset of the medieval builder and designer. You’ll learn how to join bits of wood together and how to make structures stand up. You’ll also have a lot of fun as part of a team which has taken on the challenge of raising a unique structure in the cathedral grounds.
At the end of the project there’ll be a well-earned celebratory party for everyone who’s been involved and of course documentation of what you did.

How much of a time commitment would I have to make? 

It’s up to you; anything from one four-hour shift to a two-week outdoor working holiday. Clearly more than one session is desirable, as you’ll get more skilled.

I’m interested; what do I do next?

If you have questions or want to sign up please email David at
behar_david@yahoo.com

– from Carolyn Black blog
A unique opportunity to get involved with the Artist-in-Residence programme at Gloucester Cathedral 28th May – 11th June 12noon – 4pm and 4 – 8pm every day except Sundays Free

What’s going on? As the culmination of his year at Gloucester Cathedral, artist David Behar will be constructing and installing three large scale sculptures inspired by medieval scaffolding and made from long green-wood timber poles. One of these will be made outside the Cathedral with the participation of the public, echoing the joint community effort it took to raise a cathedral in medieval times. David is looking for people to help him make it happen.

Who can take part? Anyone who is physically fit and is more than 18 years of age.

What could I do?
I know nothing about carpentry and I’m scared of heights. No experience is needed; David and his team of experts will be around to teach you. You could help with making the timber joints, help with lashing and frapping them together, or help with pulling and lifting the poles into position. You will not be required to climb, indeed you will not be allowed to!

What will I get out of it?
You’ll learn about the process of building a cathedral and the mindset of the medieval builder and designer. You’ll learn how to join bits of wood together and how to make structures stand up. You’ll also have a lot of fun as part of a team which has taken on the challenge of raising a unique structure in the cathedral grounds. At the end of the project there’ll be a well-earned celebratory party for everyone who’s been involved and of course documentation of what you did.

How much of a time commitment would I have to make?
It’s up to you; anything from one four-hour shift to a two-week outdoor working holiday. Clearly more than one session is desirable, as you’ll get more skilled.

I’m interested; what do I do next? If you have questions or want to sign up please email behar_david@yahoo.com – he’ll be running free introductory workshops on 7th and 21st May at 11am.

Just back from a wonderful day with David Behar at Gloucester Cathedral. A privilege to spend the morning in the ancient library recording fascinating conversations between David, Colin Glen and myself about David’s residency and work there. You’ll get to hear that at a later date, but for now I want to share some pictures with you. Some show the library (note the book entitled “The King’s Master Masons” – David’s whole project reflects upon how the medieval masons built the cathedral) and others show David (and even me) doing some ‘debarking’ – stripping the bark off timber with a special tool, a ‘drawing knife’ – like cutting butter! Just shows, I really do get involved in projects at all levels! (Admittedly I didn’t do much, but only because I have a bad back at the moment!)

A great way to end a working week……

(view other images here)

come and join us in the preparations:
De Barking on Monday, Thursday 28th and 31st March and 1st April 15:30 – 19:00

A unique procession performance was created in collaboration with Master Mason Pascal, young composer Edwin and dancers/choreographers Ruth and Kathy

the video: