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dave moore

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dave moore last won the day on June 20 2016

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About dave moore

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    West Midlands
  • Interests
    boating history and heritage
    working boats and boaters
    traditional music
    real ale and red wine
    all in no particular order!

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    boat decorator/signwriter
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    resolute
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    Glascote Basin

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  1. I've just had another look at the can and something stirred in the memory bank. It could, and that's as far as I'll go, be the work of a Derbyshire painter called Sue Merrick. I had correspondence with her years ago when I was involved with the Waterways Craft Guild. Laurence, I do have contact details if you want to pursue this. Phil and I thought her a promising painter then but I've had no dealings for years now. I could be wrong....
  2. Forum folk who frequent this section will probably be aware of my interest in and passion for preserving decent standards in traditional painting and signwriting. Friend and colleague Phil Speight, fellow dinosaur in this respect, is another. The attached pictures show what happens when market forces take over. Made and painted in China, I believe, some distance from our canal system, they are offered for sale at very budget prices around our network. The painting is clumsy with little resemblance to old dockyard styles, dashed on with indecent haste. Hopefully no one will use it to base their own painting on, though I fear I could be wrong. On a more optimistic note, fellow painter Jane Marshall, probably better known as one half of Day Star Theatre, has recently produced a book entitled " Roses and Castles " , a practical guide to traditional painting with sections on historic background, past and present painters too. It's lavishly illustrated with photos of historic and contemporary examples and should inspire new painters to progress in the right direction. Available from the Hustoric Boat Club shop and Audlem Mill. The book was the brainchild of Peter, the proprietor, its involved Jane in much research and writing for the last 18 months at least. A welcome addition to the limited books available. Dave
  3. Good for Mike!
  4. I'm afraid I'll be giving this a miss this year. I can't drive for another 2 weeks yet following surgery so I'm home based for a little while still. No boating either! Dave
  5. If it's too hot to boat, head for the pub....never mind aircon.... boats are too complex enough already. Dave
  6. Thanks for the kind comment, Anthony. All I need now are some more.......
  7. Your call Mark.....I've 6 more to do before I can look at anything else...this is my convalescent project after my hip replacement. All going well so far. Can't drive for another month, so I'm workshop bound for the duration. Cheers! Dave
  8. Their name is legion, for they are many....sadly! Dave
  9. I'm afraid I'm none the wiser as to the painter of the " stool" on eBay, nor as to where it might fit on a working boat, I don't think it was a modesty flap by the shape and size. Perhaps painted for an early pleasure boat conversion? Any thoughts? Previous posts have mentioned the heavy, high quality cans being made by Rose Narrowboats. I collected one a little while ago and have just finished painting it. They are very much the " Real Deal " .... for those who know and care about such things. I know that much time and trouble has gone into these and I'm glad that this has been taken. Dave
  10. To be honest, I can't see any of the top end builders I work with being interested in this, but I'll make a couple of calls tomorrow just in case. Dave
  11. Well said, Bewildered. My early boating experiences were largely with ex working craft, learning from both working boaters and those who strove to emulate them, myself included. Walking the gunnels, the cabin top and at times the top planks were all part of the boating norm. I can only deplore the mindset that adopts modern practice and seeks to impose it on others. I came to the cut as a youngster for the freedom to be found, along with the chance to use initiative and to absorb the sense of tradition. I've been very fortunate to use these in my work as a signwriter and boat decorator. Travelling around traditional yards in the course of the job, I'm in regular touch with many old timers, both boaters, builders etc. So many, indeed most, share this sort of nonsense with gloom, some of whom are no longer as keen on boating because of these modernisms. It's not just me. For several years now I've preferred to boat in quieter months. One colleague avoids school holiday weeks like the plague. Having suffered an arthritic hip for some time and now convalescing following a new one, boating is on the back burner. At the moment, I'm not anxious to start again. Time will tell...... Dave
  12. I had a good look at that too. Lots of right elements about it though I can't name the painter off hand, I'll have another look later. The handbowl Pete linked looks like Nurser to me, possibly Percy Foster. It's not always easy just looking at photographs, they don't always reveal the subtleties of brushwork. Dave
  13. As a part of the Norton Canes team, I'd like to clarify the situation. The premises and moorings remain at the Norton Canes site though production has ceased there. Graham still looks after things in retirement. Daughter Sarah is running the Glascote operation offering moorings and a full range of boatyard services. Things are busy on all fronts. Hope this helps. Dave
  14. Hi Folks I'm afraid I've only just seen your good wishes....thank you all. I was scheduled for a hip replacement just before the birthday but fully expected to be home for the day. Complications had other ideas however and I was still there, nil by mouth and only allowed to sip water. My last dry birthday was more than half a century ago!! I'm home now, all sorted, pottering round on crutches. Luckily I've plenty of stuff in the workshop here to paint, normal service being resumed, albeit at a gentler pace than usual. Thanks again all!! Cheers Dave