Sharing our Gratitude20th February 2013
OK we admit it. We are proud owners of a wooden sailing boat too. Not just any boat but a Moray Firth Skaffie lugger, clinker built in
Scottish larch on oak called Gratitude after the original of the same name built in 1896.
So as well as spending a lot of my time chopping, sawing, carving, sanding and waxing wood, I now spend a lot of time
sailing , repairing , varnishing and antifouling it too. Great isn't it?
In order to brighten up the website I have now started a
gallery cum blog of our experiences. We hope you can take the time to have a look.
Sea Sky Art Studio19th February 2013
Windward Yachts are now on display in the Sea Sky Art Studio Gallery which is located on the cobbled High Street of Hamble leading down to the famous sailing river.
Sandy exhibits her own work and that of a number of local artists as well as providing Art courses and creative workshops.
More details can be found on the Sea Sky Art website.
Most Favourite 3D Exhibit Award at the Bursledon Art Society Exhibition1st & 2nd December 2012
Bursledon Art Society held their regular
Winter Art Exhibition on the 1st and 2nd December
in the Bursledon Village Hall. Attendance at the preview evening and during the exhibition was very good with an excellent range of work on show.
All paying attendees were asked to nominate their favourite painting and 3D piece. I was very grateful and delighted
to have the Windward Yacht "tacking duel" voted as the Most Favourite 3D exhibit at the show. My very first award although I have to admit
that there were many more paintings than 3D exhibits ☺
Whitchurch Arts Exhibition3rd & 4th November 2012
are organizing their 2012
Art exhibition for local Artists at the Gill Nethercott Centre in Whitchurch on
Saturday 3rd ( 11.30am-4pm) and Sunday 4th ( 10am-4pm). A range of the Windward yachts
will be on display along with many exciting works of other local artists. Entry is free.
Autumn Fair at the Greyladyes Art Foundation26th October 2012
The Greyladyes Arts Foundation
(GAF) invited me to have a stall selling yachts and boards at
their annual Autumn Fair
to be held at the GAF centre
on School Road, Old Bursledon 10.30am til 2pm on Friday 26th October.
There will be range of craft stalls selling seasonal goods as well as garden produce, cakes, deli food and more. Please drop in if
you are looking for that early Christmas present.
Something Even Bigger30 September 2012
I have been asked many times if I make any larger windward yachts than the current large range. In September I thought
that I would give it a try and this is the result. The sails and hull are made from oak on a substantial spalted beech base standing about 1 metre
high. You will find the yacht on display at the Dansel Gallery in Abbotsbury.
Wood n'Art Exhibiting at the Greyladyes Art Foundation in Bursledon18-24th August 2012
The Greyladyes Arts Foundation
(GAF) have opened their doors to participate in the
Hampshire Open Studios scheme
to promote local artists. I and
four other local artists will have our work on display from the 18th to the 24th August 1pm to 5pm every day.
Further details can be obtained on the GAF web site page
Please drop in if you are in the Bursledon area.
"There is some great art out there, go out and find it" - Hampshire Open Studios
Azure Gallery in Sidmouth14 July 2012
The Azure Gallery is located in the centre of Sidmouth displaying a collection of British Art, Glass, Ceramics,Jewellery and Gifts.
Joint owner Nigel invited me to display my yachts there after buying one at the Dansel Gallery. When we delivered, what hopefully will be the
first batch of yachts, it was my first visit to Sidmouth. We found it to be a delightful seaside town and we were really impressed with the
range of beautiful work that Nigel And Angela have on display. More details of the gallery can be found
or on their developing Azure Gallery website
Yachts on display at Hardings Art Gallery in Warsash1 December 2011
Hardings Art Gallery and Picture Framers is situated close to the River Hamble in Warsash. It is a delightful gallery with a wide range of
marine paintings and a interesting selection of wood craft items. Warsash is very much a sailing area and I was very grateful that they
agreed to display my yachts. The gallery is at 11 Shore Road, Warsash, Southampton SO31 9FS and telephone no. 01489 571882.
Yachts on display at the Dansel Gallery in Abbotsbury15 November 2011
The Dansel Gallery specializes in contemporary British woodwork displaying an amazingly wonderful variety of wood craft items and
so I could not be more pleased when they agreed to show some of my yachts. The gallery is located in the picturesque village of
Abbotsbury situated on the B3157 coast road between Weymouth and Bridport in West Dorset. More details of the gallery can be found
on the Dansel Gallery website
. If you are visiting that beautiful coastline I would
encourage you to drop into the gallery to view their superb collection.
Christmas Gift Fair in Amesbury12 November 2011
The Craft Fair held at Antrobus House in Amesbury was great fun and well attended. The house itself was a beautiful
Georgian building not far from the town centre. I had on display my usual range of latest items but added a few more fruit themed boards this time.
The small lemon boards went down a treat and we had great suggestions from a number of browsing customers on what other types of
boards they would like to see too.
Windward Yachts at Broughton Crafts in Stockbridge5 September 2011
I have visited this fascinating craft shop many times located in the High Street in pictureque Stockbridge and noticed
an ever increasing range of wooden craft items. So I was very pleased when they agreed
to sell my yachts. Established in 1983 Broughton Crafts remains a family owned and run
business specialising in British crafts well known for their unique and ever changing
selection of crafts and gifts. Contact details can be found on the
Broughton Crafts website
New Styles and IdeasJuly 2011
I have been exploring a range of different styles for the WW yachts as you can see from some of the photos. I have
even taken an old woodwormed piece of beech to experiment with carving spinaker shapes as shown below.
This needs to be delveloped a little further to make it more practical but aesthetically it is looking good.
I will show these in the gallery when finalized.
Christmas Gift Fair6 November 2010
The Christmas Gift Fair in Figheldean Village Hall was a
well organized event with something for everyone.
Besides our woodfest, there were handmade
bespoke jewellery, pottery, stained glass,
chocolates,soaps and specialist folk art pieces.
Great interest and purchase of yachts and boards
plus ringed mushrooms and tealight candle holders.
Figheldean is a few miles from the famous Stone Henge
and the not so well known Wood Henge is just over a mile
away so we decided to supplemented these local
attractions with our own version.
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provide a view of what is available.
My son, Mark's idea supported by my facebook
loving wife. We have not considered Twitter as yet.
Windward yachts at the Bell Fine Arts Gallery in Winchester25 August 2010
Bell Fine Arts
is a wonderful
gallery on Parchment Street in Winchester, Hampshire.
They exhibit and sell a wide range paintings and
sculptures with a fine marine range.
Artamain Gallery sells Yacht sculptures1 July 2010
Artamain Gallery wonderfully located on the High Street in
the yachting centre of Hamble, has agreed to display
a selection of the Windward series of Kevin Longstaff's
yacht sculptures. Owner, Hellen Bartholomew, felt that
locally produced sculpted boats with local traditional
hardwood complimented the nautical theme of the gallery.
Hamble RAF Yacht Club Open Day 27 June 2010
We had a stall at the open day selling our wooden boards and yachts. It was a great turn
out in the sweltering heat but luckily the YC is right
by the cool River Hamble. The only disappointing aspect
of the day was England's performance in the Worldcup.
Website created!...30 June 2010
Welcome to our new website. Feel free to browse and any
feedback would be very welcome.