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459Never let it be said that I am not prepared to get it on a with a jigsaw should the situation demand it.

460I very rashly promised Anne Kelly (our delightful artist in residence for 2014) that of course I would run up some hard board templates for her ready for the large wall display :Giving Nature a Prairie Home . But jigsaws, I have discovered, have a nature that is contrary,mercurial and cantankerous and do not want to be tamed. A jigsaw is not a silky smooth operator ,it is a hairy ,leery ,lout of a thing. The sort of machine that swears, wears a singlet, oily jeans and a permanent sneer.It is like grappling with a noisome steer and there is a true rodeo going on to steer its nasty little teeth along the dotted line .. or along any line ..it rather prefers to veer off with a snarl and a loathsome insouciance into uncharted territories…places where we don’t want to go , places we never wanted to go, a DIY Neverland. And of course there is the ever-present cable daring you to cut its spiralling whorls and the strangely capricious way it catches in your buttons threatening to drag you into its menacing maw…. a devils tool….verily I say.

(the wonderful images in the piece have no relevance  nor bear any resemblance to any shocking handiwork created by myself during the making of the first six templates made to date ! sorry Anne , they will not be the work of an artisan !)

below a blessed state of serenity knowing I will not have to work with the jigsaw again until tomorrow…….

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