My Secret Project Revealed!
I can now reveal a bit more about the ‘secret’ project I’ve been working on these past months. It wouldn’t have been too hard to guess that the work was to do with the London 2012 Olympics and that it was related to the equestrian events, in particular showjumping.
What I couldn’t reveal until now were any details of exactly what I’ve been working on, and until the weekend some of them will have to remain confidential because they’ve yet to be seen by the competitors. But during the last few days some of the jumps have been used in the eventing competition and I’m proud to tell you that one of them was entirely my own work.
Given that the equestrian events are happening in Greenwich Park it’s hardly surprising that there is a bit of a nautical theme to some of the jumps and perhaps less of a surprise that given the famous ‘Cutty Sark’ resides in Greenwich and that she’s just re-opened after a major re-fit the organisers decided it would be a good idea to have her represented during the event.
Well with what can only be described as a strange set of coincidences it came to pass that yours truly ended up with sole responsibility for turning a very loose design brief into a fully functioning show-jump representing the ‘Cutty Sark’!
The jump made it’s first appearance yesterday (Wednesday) and is scheduled to be used a number of times next weekend and into next week. I’ll blog in more detail next week about how I constructed it but suffice it to say that some Wharram techniques were employed!
Here are some photos of the completed jump next to an uncompleted Tiki 38!
All in all it’s been a crazy few months and already the two week holiday in Cornwall which ended only last Sunday seems ages ago. What a fantastic time we had though. Snorkelling, Dolphins, Sea Air, Sunshine, Seafood…. I could go on.
In another week all this craziness will die down and I can get back to some semblance of ‘normality’ which will include some serious boatbuilding. Looking forward to it!