Under a round wood timber framed canopy our slate head listened intently to the morning birds and the ancient sounds of pole lathe woodturning.
Gareth, CAT’s woodturning craftsman, took us through the stages of green woodturning, removing the bark from a split quarter log of ash on the handmade shave horse right the way through the turning process, describing each specific tool as he went until he finished with a beautifully crafted and polished baby’s rattle. He described how, with each bark ring he shaved away he revealed the unique story trapped inside the locally and sustainably sourced log.
As the layers and years were stripped away the sound of the wood being rotated on the handcrafted pole lathe changed, picking up every knot, imperfection and new growth as the wood was smoothed into shape.
With the Welsh sun rising high at midday we gently placed Geoffery next to CAT’s new beehive. He listened without fear as excitable worker honeybees whizzed in and out of the hive entrance often burdened by legs bulging with bright yellow pollen.
Following the bee’s flight path we relocated Geoffery again this time into the sunshine where we were joined by afternoon visitors who were all keen to share their day with him on their way round the centre. It seemed that everyone at CAT was feeling the positive affects of the sun and with it the relaxed atmosphere as many people told Geoffery how inspired they felt.
As the sun sank lower and the visitors made their sleepy way home CAT’s own Sally Carr began to sing. Gliding past our slate head her voice intertwined with the aromatic scents of head gardener Roger’s multi-coloured flowerbeds, bouncing from pollinator to petal.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova