Maitlandfield House Hotel

24 Sidegate, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland, EH41 4BZ, United Kingdom | 3 star hotel
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Weeks 12 & 13 - Carving

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... 20 minutes into a demonstration of some fairly simple carving techniques I discovered that I had fallen asleep and missed about 10 minutes of the demonstration. This was going to be a long 2 weeks. and despite trying to remain open-minded I was veering rapidly towards the not enjoying it state of mind.

Most of the first week was spent carving a simple moulding and an acanthus leaf. I was so bad at it that I was too ...

Week 11 - Heart of Glass

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... early part of the 20th century. Having now spent a week smashing glass and filling my fingers with glass splinters I have to report that I I am still looking for a signature for my designs :-)

I'm glad to have learnt how to do it, but at times the actual cutting of the glass was very tedious. It broke repeatedly and the mound of shattered glass on my bench grew rapidly and embarrassingly higher. I did throw the toys out of the pram at least ...

Week 7 - Time for some Creeping Crack

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... t take a genius to work out that the main problem with the casualty was the broken rope scroll. Along with a missing brass inlay on the back rail, splits in a number of the legs, there was enough to keep me busy for a day.

I tackled the broken rope scroll and split back rails first. The trick was to remove the old glue from the mortise hole, then reassemble the pieces in roughly the right place before re-gluing. Of ...

Week 6 - First piece almost complete

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... I don't want to ruin the flow. I might make some long slender handles from the off-cuts, anyway I have a few months before I need to decide what to use, so any suggestions would be gratefully received from the readers.

Once the drawers were all constructed the last thing to do was to put the very substantial top in place. With the table placed at floor level for the first time I was a little surprised at how low it seemed to stand. ...

Week 4 Dominos, best thing since sliced off joints

A travel blog entry by antandruthybabe


... for a major screw-up, were the cuts into the lower square section of the legs to allow the shelf to be slotted in. Having learnt my *********** from week 3, I made sure I measured every cut at least six times. The legs and the shelf had to have corresponding sections cut away to get a clean join. There was absolutely no margin for even an extra millimetre cut in the wrong place. With surgical precision the cutting with the band ...

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This 3 star hotel, located on 24 Sidegate, Haddington, is near Museum of Flight, Glenkinchie Distillery, Fife Coastal Path, and Winton Estate.
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