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Here is another beautiful video celebrating craftsmanship.
It features Tom Ellis who started building mandolins from his rural workshop in late 1970′s. Tom has recently relaunched his instrument line in collaboration with Pava one his co-workers.
The video was produced by the Fretboard Journal a very high quality magazine that features stories and photo’s about guitars, players and makers.
After years of exposure to Permaculture and having spent several years a decade ago implementing a disparate set of its common patterns at our previous property in Northern NSW, I am now taking a much deeper dive into it after enrolling in Geoff Lawton’s Online Permaculture Design Course. Its been running a few weeks now and my partner and I are both finding it a revelation. So many concepts and themes that we had previously read about but not really understood are suddenly making sense. Geoff’s an excellent teacher and the online format works perfectly for a couple of introverted types. We can take our time and review material as we go.
There were elements of classic internet marketing1 wrapped around the promotion of the course that had me a little worried, those concerns have proven groundless and I can understand that using the marketing approaches that work makes sense when your goal is to get this material out to the widest audience and in a sustainable way.
As a taster, check out this video Absolute in Abundance, they will want your email address however if you are at all interested in this stuff you will get a steady stream of really good links and content as a result.
I would highly recommend that anyone who has been interested in doing a PDC but not found the time or the right teacher consider taking one of Geoff’s courses.
Meanwhile, check out the many videos and resources that are freely available at the Permaculture Research Institute. The links to several excellent related documentaries can also be found here.
The site is an aggregator of several of my favourite authors including George Monbiot who has a new book – Feral – A manifesto for rewilding the world.
Surfers interested in Permaculture should enjoy this chat with Geoff about the links between surfing and permaculture.
You know the style – “..wait there’s more..an x$ value free..etc” ↩
Goldmark have produced another fascinating “day in the life” video, this time featuring French potter Jean-Nicholas Gerard who makes beautiful slipware pots.
Although these videos are obviously produced to promote the artists ahead of upcoming exhibitions at Goldmark, they are in themselves a tremendous service to the ceramics community. The gentle pace and broad scope allow the viewer to be transported into the rhythm of these artists lives.
I have been enjoying the album Lost in this Beautiful World by Jon Lacey. It’s a melodic piano and guitar driven folk album with an authentic feel, partly due to the raw quality of Jon’s voice. The songs are introspective and engaging.
I discovered Jon’s music while searching for recordings by one his collaborators on this album Tom McConville. We saw Tom play at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis during our last visit to England in October 2011. It was fun night with a small enthusiastic crowd of locals and the odd traveller. His playing adds haunting depth to some of the albums best songs.
When it comes to downloading music I usually find eMusic has the best deals. The album is also available from Amazon, using iTunes Match I upgrade the MP3′s from eMusic to Apple AAC files.
Get the Album from at eMusic or at Amazon