Stuart Hood kindly sent in pictures of two carvings he has done during the lockdown.
He had been toying with the idea for a sign to go on my workshop door and came up with this. There was a knot hole in the piece of wood, it’s yew by the way, so after wondering whether to fill it in or not, I came up with the idea to fill it with beer bottles. After putting on dainish oil it looked a bit dull so decided to paint it. It’s the first time I’ve ever painted a carving.
Stuart wrote that he was not sure what the wood is, I picked it up from Hollingworth lake at a woodland weekend when they were planking some logs. I saw this carving in a book at the club some time ago, and seeing as my surname is Hood and I am a direct descendent, I thought I’d have a go. I have asked if he is related to the Last of the Summer Wine character, Billy Hardcastle, who also claimed to be a direct descendant of Robin Hood. I have not got a reply, but do not expect much of a revelation as both Robin Hood and Billy Hardcastle are fictional, or so I am lead to believe