Open House exhibition As you can see from other pages of my website I make mechanical models and other weird and wonderful creations. We occasionally have an "Open House" exhibition during August. In 2019 we must have had over 100 visitors enthusiastically operating the models - from age 4 to 84 everyone was having fun and it was a joy to see. Lots of visitors had tea and home-made cake in our lovely garden. We hadn't had an Open House exhibition since then (for various reasons) but in 2023 we did! on 5th and 6th August 2023. l had the vast majority of my 90 automata on show and visitors were free to operate them. I will also had some of my bird and animal carvings on display. There was no charge for the exhibition, but donations were accepted and we raised over £300 which went to local charities. I have now moved to Ringmer, near Lewes, so any future exhibitions I put on will be there.
Videos If you haven't been to one of my Open House exhibitions or would like to remind yourself of the automata that you saw on your visit you can view them on my YouTube channel called Positivelycreative (no spaces) or view some of the videos directly from this website. I have had over 450,000 views of my short videos so far.
Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum The Woodfair at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum had been an excellent venue to display lots of my craftwork and Mechanical Models for many years but, alas, the place has now closed to the public. The Woodfair did take place in 2019 at the end of September and I was there with Bentley Wildlife Carvers. This was the last occasion that we took part because we couldn't get enough of our carving group together to put on a display and we now do not have the facility to store our exhibition equipment on site.
Bentley Wildlife Carvers The carving group that I belong to is still surviving so if you are interested in wood carving why not join Bentley Wildlife Carvers (visit our website on www.bentleywildlifecarvers.uk). We meet at the Arundel Wetlands Centre once a month (usually the second Sunday) to sit and whittle and swap tips. We display our beautifully carved and painted ducks and birds and are keen to chat to anyone interested. We also have classes at Landport, Lewes on most Thursday evenings so let us know if you are interested in joining us . We are keen to keep our connection with Bentley Farm but they cannot accommodate us at the moment.
Published Articles I have had articles published about my automata and carvings in the BDWCA Wingspan Magazine and in Automata Magazine, an online magazine at www.automatamagazine.com which I can recommend. I have also written some poems but they have not been published.
Here is a video of a marble run which is small so has ball bearings instead of marbles. Otherwise it would have been called Don't lose your Marbles! Other videos can be seen by clicking HERE