Chin Up

An interesting discovery to support the latest work getting ready for Chin Up at The Chopping Block:

Below is the story of  'The Phantom Lights of Tuskar' - as told by Alun Morgan

So many wrecks have occurred on the treacherous reefs and sandbanks near Porthcawl (see Porthcawl: its History and Development for a fuller account) that it is little wonder many strange stories have been told about the coastline. Not so very long ago, when the docks were being built, it was firmly believed that a ghostly and inexpiable light could be seen hovering above the Tuskar Rocks. Sometimes the light drifted westward and could then be seen hovering over Sker Point. In either case, old salts said, the light was the harbinger of storms and a forth coming wreck.
Possibly because of this light the water around Tuskar was regarded with awe by local fishermen. It was considered appropriate, for example always to cast out three nets. If the middle one filled with crab and lobster, bad weather and a poor season would follow; if it filled with fish, fair weather and a good season were indicated.
In addition to the phantom ship described in Part 1 the sailors of Porthcawl talk a tale in the early nineteenth century of a ship from the underworld. It was a three-masted barque which, as it sailed up and down the coast, smelled abominably of sulphur – so much so that life in the coastal villages became difficult. In this ship the devil had placed the souls of sinners, but its constant meandering had annoyed St. Donat so much that he pierced the hull with a spear. The devil, who at that moment was counting the number of souls aboard, was thrown into the water and had to swim for his life. The ship was wrecked and a giant from the Gower made a toothpick from the mast and a handkerchief from the sails.
Accompanying the ghost light of Tuskar there was the ‘Cyhiraeth’. This was merely a sound but was no less frightening and was dreaded not only by sailors but by all the folk who lived within the sight and sound of the sea. It was an earthy noise, starting first as a moan heard in the distance across the waves and gradually increasing in pitch and loudness until it became a scream. It might stop suddenly or die away gradually only to come again in a startling shriek that petrified all those who heard it. It often travelled inland, frightening the people in the lonely little villages of the Vale. It was always the harbinger of a terrible storm with the certainty of a shipwreck to follow.
The Cyhiraeth sometimes brought the ‘Tolaeth’, another sound, less frightening but more ghostly. This was the noise a carpenter would hear at night after making a coffin when he knew perfectly well that his workshop was empty and locked up for the night. He and his family would hear the sound of hammering but inspection never revealed anything untoward. The Tolaeth was well known throughout Wales for in the past, because of epidemics and short life expectancy of life, coffin-making was one of the carpenter’s chief sources of income. In the coastal areas, because of frequent wrecks, more than the usual number of coffins were required and the Tolaeth was a sure indication that increased activity in the production  of this particular commodity was about to materialise.

Taken from http://hellohistoria.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/phantom-lights-of-tuskar.html


Shark Life

That's one of my sharks who now lives on top of a genuine Alexander Calder.

Next Event

This is gonna a be a rocking show that I'm taking part in..We open next week so hopefully see you there.

Blip Blip Blip Installed.

Some extremely good photos take by Harry Meadley who also helped put up the show and made for an easy install without the usual stresses... Thanks Harry..

Great opening night, very cool Leeds Foundation crowd were in the house and the standard amount of red wine got consumed.

Thank You Juan and Sean




The car is loaded and the M1 beckons.. If your in Leeds or near by, make your way to http://blipblipblip.co.uk/upcoming.html where Juan Cruz and I will be showing some work.

Leeds Show.

Take a look at the press release for Juan and my show opening Wednesday night.



From the 25th of April, Juan Cruz and I will be exhibiting at the BlipBlipBlip gallery in Leeds. I will post more details later, but for now here's some glimpses of what's been cooking.

It's grown back rather odd


Prep time for summer

The suns finally come out and I'm ready....


Competition. question 3

You may remember that I attempted to make this model, for some reason. It was so tricky that I got all rage filled an failed to complete it.

The question is this though: Who did I buy it for in the first place?