A blogged progress on the building of this years bonfire sculpture. Built s part of the village of East Hoathly, East Sussex's celebrations.
This photo shows last years bonfire
So onto this year, following the very organic feel of 2012's effort I felt I wanted somethnig much more geometric. For some incredbly silly reason I though balancing a cube on it's point would be a huge and exciting challenge. I originally intended to cover each face of the cube with a very free form trailing "vine". The geometric contrasting with the organic. However since loosing my sister in law to cancer earlier in the year prompted another inspiration. Helen had had a life long interest in wildlife, particularly pondlife. As part of her ecology and conservation degree she took part in mapping the genome of the threatened natterjack toad. So I have suplanted the vine in favour of swimming frogs- if, for no more reason than to say our fire is as mad as a box of frogs....
We had a light start this weekend 19th and 20th October. Saturday we travelled to nearby woods to cut the main poles and Sunday these where put up to form a tripod- Serious work starts this weekend.
Check back for updates I'll post as regularly as I can.
If you believe in this things, something a little odd given the context of the background of this years fire, we were trying to get the bipod up and had to put it down and have another go- I went to clean the soil out of the holes and found an enormous toad stuck at thte bottom. I fished him out and my nephew re homed him in the nearby hedge.
26th- 27th October
Very tough weekend- spent most of Saturday morning (with a very small workforce) trying to sort out the mountian of waste wood that was delivered during the week (including an amount of fly tipped rubbish). Sunday was a much better turn out- a brilliant team effort- Mike and his Dad Trevor were on fire with problem solving - building the cube is prooving to be an even bigger challenge than I dare imagined- spent most of the morning head scratching- Tim, Sam and Si proved invaluable. Whilst Shaun, Sid, Andy and Tony had the unglamourous job of continuing the clear up. We think we've cracked it though- and we're looking forward to next weekend when we can really crack on and make some much needed progress.
Here's how we left the fire sight Sunday. I'm glad to say I've poped down to the fire site this morning and it survived the winds!
2nd November 13
Just in case you missed it here's the other bonfire sculpture we built in the week- A Basket of Flowers-
Thought I'd pop these latest photo's on the blog now- weather forecast for tonight is horrible again- the fire might not be there in the morning!
Good day today- we was without the JCB which in the end we couldn't do any more so we finished early afternoon.
The fire has come together really well though it really has taken shape- still a huge amount to do though.
Mike (and my hand) fixing the last joint on the cube.
Thanks to James for taking the photo's today.
Progress from Yesterday- 3rd November 13
Had a really good day on the fire yesterday- a very long day- but none the less a good day.
Loads of people out helping- the fire has been nearly completed- a couple of hours of work still to do, unfortunately the JCB forloader we use to get up to the high points is a very busy piece of farm equipment- so we have to fit our use of it around the farms needs. Hopefully Mark will be able to organise his days duties on Thursday to enable us to use the JCB Thursday afternoon/ evening- I think a couple of hours should see it done.
Over half the challenge has been sifting and sorting the donated wood (and dealing with the flippin fly tipping) here work progresses on the cube whilst the endless sorting and tidying goes on around it
Fortunately we had lots of awesone tiddle poms helping out- they were an absolute asset.
Here's the cut frogs ready to be put on the fire- and in the background the faces of the cubes are being worked on
One of the frogs going on
As dusk fell the fire we have had to have to get rid of the fly tipped stuff and the excess wood- burned on.
And here we are- the merry few- almost finishing for the day- just some of the bonfire builders in shot- L to R Robbie, Sam, Mike (in the cube), Si (in the cage), me, Tim and Mark in the JCB.
As far as I know the fire survived the nights storms, I'm really looking forward to finishing the fire on Thursday and adding the electric lights for Friday night.
Thank you to Bryony for a lot of the photo's today.
Mark good to his word was with us just after 4pm we got straight on, darkness soon closed in. Mike had to get back inside the fire while I worked form the cage
While we finished the bonfire Tim, helped by Tony and Sam sorted out the lightin, so here it is East Hoathly Carnival's bonfire sculpture for 2013 'A box of frogs'. It has (as always) been a massive privilege to work with all the guys- without their help this wouldn't happen- so thank you!
If your coming to East Hoathly Saturday night the roads close at 5.30 and the first procession is at 7- have a safe, happy night and give generously to the collectors- Thanks ever so much for reading- give me a shout if you fancy a bonfire sculpture for your own event.
Just has some wonderful photo's sent to me of the 'Box of Frogs' being burnt- taken by Russell Fielding. Thank you for sharing them with me.