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Back in HambleDecember 2016


A selection of my yachts are now on display in the Sea Sky Gallery which is located in the Old Post Office on the High Street in Hamble. Owners, Susie and Debbie, are kindly showing a range of Windward yachts and a Salcome Yawl. The first Gallery that exhibited my work was Artamain in Hamble and when that closed I moved on to the original Sea Sky Art Gallery for a while until the then owner, Sandy, left to paint abroad. At that time it was located lower down on the cobbled section of the High Street.

The Old Post Office makes a great gallery location with Sea Sky exhibiting a wide range of artistic pieces including original paintings, sculptures, handmade ceramics and beautifully crafted individual jewellery. More details can be found on the Sea Sky Gallery Facebook page.

Bursledon Art Society Exhibition26 & 27th November 2016

Bursledon Art Society hold their regular Winter Art Exhibition on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November in the Bursledon Village Hall, Long Lane, Bursledon, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8BZ . Open 10am to 4pm daily. It has always been a well attended exhibition of excellent local artists' work and I am very delighted to be allowed to display my work.

Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park, London22-25 October 2015

Bell Fine Art are again exhibiting a selection of my yachts along with a wide range of other items on stand B7 at the Affordable Art Exhibition being held in Battersea Park 22nd to 25th October.

Salcombe Yawls - time to celebrate some local boatsApril 2015

Nick, from the Love the Sea Gallery, suggested that I should consider applying my stylized approach to the local Salcombe Yawl. I had undertaken a number of commissions where the brief was to sculpt specific yacht models but I had not applied this to sailing dinghies. I really did not think that my style would translate onto more traditional boats but I suppose that stylization provides a lot of artistic licence and simplification so that the raw shape and dynamics can be captured in wood without complicating detail. For a start I didn't need to hollow out the hull and I projected the jib beyond the bow to provide an impression of a bowsprit without actually adding one.

Perhaps this is the start of a number of new yacht series. The Salcombe Yawl may make a good introduction but I'll wait and see what Nick says.

Love the Sea Gallery displaying Windward Yachts in Salcombe, DevonMarch 2015

Nick and Tina have this enchanting gallery on Fore Street in beautiful Salcome displaying Nick's marine photography and a range of other nautically themed pieces.

More details of the gallery and Nick's work can be found on facebook or Nick Philbedge's website. .

Now displaying at the Riverside Gallery in Looe, CornwallMarch 2015

Perfectly positioned on the West Quay in Looe the aptly named Riverside Gallery displays a wide selection of local and South West artists' paintings and prints. Kaye saw that my Windward yachts would make an appropriate alternative marine addition to her collection.

Check out the Riverside Gallery website to see the range of works on display.

Yachts on display at the Bursledon Art Society Exhibition 29th & 30th November 2014

Bursledon Art Society are holding their regular Winter Art Exhibition on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November in the Bursledon Village Hall opening from 10am until 4pm each day. At last year exhibition one of my yachts was fortunately voted the First Favourite display.

Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park, London23-26 October 2014

Bell Fine Art are again exhibiting a selection of my yachts along with a wide range of other items on stand B9 at the Affordable Art Exhibition being held in Battersea Park 23rd to 26th October.

Tighnabruaich Gallery now displaying Windward YachtsMarch 2014

Located in the pretty seaside village of Tighnabruaich in Argyll on Scotland's west coast, this gallery has specialised in contemporary Scottish art but now include a wider range of works (luckily for me).

Check out the Tighnabruaich Gallery website to see the wide range of works on display.

Bursledon Art Society Exhibition Award30th November & 1st December 2013

Bursledon Art Society held their regular Winter Art Exhibition on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December in the Bursledon Village Hall. I was delighted when my Oak Windward Yacht won the "First Favourite" award having recieved the most votes from the exhibition attendees. This is a great follow up to last year when my display was awarded the Most Favourite 3D exhibit at the show.

Walford Mill Crafts - Inspire Christmas Exhibition 2 November - 31 December 2013

A range of Windward yachts will be on display and for sale at the Walford Mill Crafts' Christmas Inspire Exhibition from November 2nd until December 31st. Walford Mill Crafts is an art and craft centre based on the outskirts of the historic market town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset and are a centre of excellence for high quality craft. They provide a regularly changing programme of exhibitions presenting unique and contemporary work by local, national and international makers. So if you are in the area and looking for a Christmas present do pop in.

Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park, London24-27 October 2013

Bell Fine Art are exhibiting a selection of my yachts along with other items from their Winchester Gallery on stand B9 at the Affordable Art Exhibition being held in Battersea Park 24th to 27th October. Over 100 galleries' exhibits are on display 11am to 6pm daily.

Wood n'Art Exhibiting at the Greyladyes Art Foundation in Bursledon17-23 August 2013

The Greyladyes Arts Foundation (GAF) are opening their doors again this year to participate in the Hampshire Open Studios scheme to promote local artists.
Me and six other local artists will have our work on display from the 17th to the 23rd 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

Coastal Design Gallery in Cambletown1st July 2013

Windward yachts are now on display at the Coastal Design Gallery located in Cambletown on the spectacular Kintyre peninsular on the West Coast of Scotland. The gallery features local art and unique jewellery with a selection of coastal themed quality gifts. More details of the gallery can be found on facebook or the Coastal Design Gallery website.

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

Whitchurch Arts 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 on facebook 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.

Join us on Facebook1 September 2010

Join us on facebook You do need to be a member to join but the link will 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.

Did you see us at Swan's Yard, Shaftesbury?21 August 2010

Our latest stall was hosted at the Cygnet, Swan's Yard in beautiful Shaftesbury. Swan Yard is just off the High Street and very central to all amenities. The turnout was reasonable considering that the weather was more wet & windy November than calm & sunny August. The morning started with what appeared to be a sea fret and then hardened into regular gusty showers into the afternoon. We met and talked to many people who greatly admired the items on display.
Swan Yard display Swan Yard Stall Display Stand display

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.