There are so many things that put Waterhead #Bootique firmly on the 'must visit' list - fantastic local walks, runs and cycles, a characterful coffee and cake community, access to the lake, village shops hidden down quirky alleys, the list goes on and on.
We highly recommend a morning browsing the local art gallery. Owner of The Old Courthouse Gallery, Paul Jones, shares a fascinating video that shows the making of wooden vases and bowls by artist, John Shorrock. He explains more...
Eye-Catching Artwork by Local Artist
The Old Courthouse Gallery in Ambleside likes nothing better than generating interest in art & crafts. As part of that, the team love helping visitors with questions about the work on display and the artists that make them. One of the most frequent enquiries they get is about the stunning wooden vases and bowls made by John Shorrock. He is renowned for producing eye-catching work and many people are intrigued by how it is possible to create such large yet delicate pieces from a single piece of wood.
Rejuvenating Local Wood - Dead, Diseased or Dangerous
So, John has very kindly put together a short video of the work-in-progress to illustrate how it’s done. As you can see, it takes a powerful industrial lathe and some chunky tools to handle the wood he uses!
John works from his family farm near Chorley and almost all the wood he uses comes from local tree surgeons who look out for pieces they think he’ll like from around the North-West – and from trees that are being felled because they are dead, diseased or dangerous. Often John will buy a whole tree and then bring out its spirit and character in the features of his work.
More of John's stunning artwork taking pride of place at the Old Courthouse Gallery.
Another Day Out From Waterhead
We hope you like this latest suggestion for activities on our doorstep. If you'd like to tell us about your favourite day out from Waterhead just tag us at #Bootique and share your story.