Ron Tocknell

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Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire, UK

I am not a woodworker as such. I am a retired old fart with way too much time on my hands and I enjoy indulging in a number of interests. Woodworking, however, does have a very special appeal (as all woodworkers will agree). I like to make boxes partly because they are relatively easy but also because there is something magical about them. If I can, I like to include a secret compartment in the box... and I don't always tell the recipient that it even exists. In these cases, I like to include a little gift (packed out with tissue paper to avoid the give-away rattle). There is something I find quite exciting about the possibility that the new owner of the box may come across the secret compartment... but also may not. It may one day be sold or given away or pass down the family and, quite possibly, that secret compartment may remain a secret indefinitely... or may, at some point in the future long after I am gone, be discovered by someone. And that someone will find a little gift from me. It's a way of making a connection across time.
So, as you might have guessed, I'm an old romantic. I have placed little doors in old trees in the woodlands around my home in the Forest of Dean and occasionally, just for fun, I like to make something that LOOKS as though it may serve some kind of purpose... but doesn't. Made of copper and brass and other less perishable materials, these are buried for some future archaeologist to dig up and wonder what the hell it is. Yes, I have WAAAAAY too much time on my hands. Lucky me!
I also paint and draw and sculpt. I enjoy photography and also have a small collection of four microscopes through which I gaze at (and sometimes photograph) the wonders of Nature that never fail to amaze me. I enjoy writing... anything from poetry, humour to letters of outrage to the press.

So my standard of woodwork is definitely amateur but gradually getting better. Hopefully, this site will help me to develop further.

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