A new year new projects

Posted by David Ratcliffe on

After a very busy Christmas season it is about time I updated by Blog.

Thanks you to all of my customers for making 2019 a very successful year.

The Iroko wood featured in my Blog of June 2019 photograph, was taken from Phoenix Wharf Plymouth during the 2019 restoration in preparation for the Mayflower 400 celebrations in the city in 2020.

The Emigration Depot in Plymouth was constructed in 1847. Phoenix Wharf was used from 1847 for over 50 years to allow the loading of passengers bound for a new life in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Emigration depot was one of the most popular in the UK as it had some of the best facilities to house more than one thousand emigrants while awaiting passage. At its height a record of 1800 people left in a single week.

An excellent painting By Gordon Frickers depicting the Wharf at its height can be seen at  Frickers Fine Art

I will making more pens from this wood over the next few months to celebrate the Mayflower 400 anniversary. The Mayflower steps being situated in the same area as Phoenix Wharf and with the emigration connections I believe it to be a very good fit.


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