Thursday, 31 August 2017


Today we did two organs. The first one was in a tiny church and the organ was too loud. So difficult to hear. What was clear was that the noise woke the bats up. As each piece faded into silence what replaced it was the agitated twittering of bats.
The second organ was in the city church in Naumburg and it was wonderful. Bach wrote the specification for it, someone else built and Bach was asked to inspect it  or sign it off and the report he wrote as inspector still exists. We were given a copy. Firstly , it is very beautiful and secondly it sounds wonderful. One third of it is still the original  material but every new bit meets Bach's spec.  The city is gorgeous with a big area of merchants houses of the 16 and 17th centuries.

Naumbur. A merchant's house

A Naumbur street

The organ is at the other end of the church

And just o show that I can be modern too a refinery on the way home.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.