neil cummings

DIY

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04 Apr 2023

I wanted to make a lounge or garden chair for sitting outside. And, I'm interested in simple constructions using readily available materials, handtools and my amateur carpentry skills.

While researching,…


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10 Mar 2023

Early March 2020. I could see the Covid pandemic overwhelming hospitals and cemeteries, decimating towns and cities in Italy – news from China was harder to discern – taking hold in Spain where I had just returned from, and forcing governments to implement lockdowns and quarantines. I imagined…


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01 Feb 2023

A cold overcast Thursday in March, it’s 1914. After a lazy lunch with Eva at la Rotonde I pick-up an old broken wine crate abandoned outside the cafe and carry it to my studio. The one on the boulevard Raspail. With a hammer I break the crate down and save a thin but broad strip from the bottom…


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20 Jun 2021

In the pile of stones I installed some kitchen counter tops


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30 Oct 2021

I bough a cheap classic 'Andalusian' wooden chair. They're super-popular all over Spain. Unfortunately the straight legs and back made the chair very uncomfortable, almost…


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21 Dec 2021

I assembled a vase for my daughter and her family for Christmas. It's made from a glass light bulb diffuser and cardboard from home delivery packaging. The bulb in my…


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16 Feb 2021

I'm slowly learning to live with less and experimenting with how to consume fewer resources. As part of these processes I'm making some of the things I might need or want. I recently made a bench.


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15 Apr 2016

I wrote a text Socialised Afffection about my grandmothers love of woodgraining for Specialism, a new publication from Open Editions.

Here is a short extract....

I remember the parlour. We…


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14 May 2019

So, I'm slowly learning to live with less, and experimenting with how to consume fewer resources. As part of these processes I'm making some of the things I might need or want, not in any dogmatic 'alt-right preppers' kind of way - I'm not about to be refining ore and forging weapons.…


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03 Nov 2019

First prototype of a possible chair. It's inspired by Enzo Mari's ideas of being able to make domestic necessities, using stock timber, simple hand tools and everyday skills. There's an echo of Utility furniture from…