As a young man (40yrs ago) I worked as a carpenter at Hever Castle, converting the old dairies into staff accommodation. I was instructed to make an oak 'gable end' to match the existing style of the building. In those days, power tools were not used on site, I sharpened my handsaw every morning and quietly framed up the old oak flat on the drive before it was erected. I expect its still there. I am glad to have roots in a time past that nurtured the inner satisfaction doing a thing well.
My garden structure is of course a pergola, a word from mid 17th cent. Latin, pergula ‘projecting roof,’ from pergere ‘come or go forward.’
Painting resumes in early December when again I must 'go forward'. My carpentry is rooted in the past. So it is with art, thus my current interest in pre Renaissance art, I trust will enabe me to 'go forward' again in 2013.