The British Craft Trade fair is just under 3 months away and I am still working on my bespoke display for the event.....
I am now a fully paid up member of the British Craft Trade Fair of 2018 in Harrogate.
As you may remember from my previous blog posts in this series, I found out that I have paid for a 2.5 x 1 m lighted and carpet space at this event.
And have found out that a trade show is a completely different kettle of fish when it comes to displays compared to craft fairs and markets.
However not all is lost as it has given me the opportunity to work with a local wood turner/furniture make to create a fabulous wooden portable display for the event.
The plan was that by this time I would have my trade show display sorted by now, but as per usual me and plans rarely go hand in hand.
And although things started well we have now hit a few design stumbling blocks.
So after finding out that my display space is a mere 2.5 x 1 m display, I decided that I would something that was naturally stunning that I could breakdown and transport in my car.
It was with this remit I started working with a local wood craftsmen, with the idea that I would have my complete display completed by know.
We started off so well, by deciding and buy the Elm wood slab, to be the basis of the table and then using a Yew wood slab to create some simply stunning shelves and an earring stand:
We measured the maximum length of the car, and worked out the best way the cut the Elm slab to fit in the car and hold as much as I need for my display.
Table top was coming on nicely, it was all planed, ready for the lacquer to bring out its natural beauty:
We had come up with different solutions for attaching the legs quickly and simply, and finally decided and using a steel bracket to give the table some stability and to stop the wood from twisting when stored, and two was fashioned, just waiting for the wooden legs to be sourced, and job done.
But here's where the wrinkle starts, the initial supplier for the wooden legs all of sudden has gone awol or is ill and cannot source the legs for us.
On top of that no-one had taken into consideration of the steel brackets especially in relation to the wooden table top!
So it's back to the drawing board with regards to the steel brackets, which need to be made lighter.
There was also some wood left over from the table top, which now form the basis of my leaflet stand, so that's an additional bonus.
So fingers crossed my bespoke display will be completely finished by the end of the month, so that I can see how everything fits together.