I am a big believer in second chances and therefore pleased to have the opportunity to work with one of HM Prisons which offers educational courses in metalwork, painting and bricklaying etc to those that have paid their debt and are about to re-enter society.
Not only does this offer the opportunity to learn new skills but re-adjusts participants to the structure of regular employment and earning a wage.
One of the courses offered is in carpentry and woodworking and the men make the most wonderful products entirely by hand from English Oak - every one is unique and part of an individual's journey to a happier and more productive future.
We have invested in a collection of their wonderful chopping/carving boards and the money helps to fund the programme and pay the wages which in turn gives the men a sense of self-worth where perhaps it was lacking.
The products have tongue-in-cheek names to make you smile with more than a hint of Ronnie Barker!
'Big Ronnie'. At a metre long he lives up to his moniker and is the best invention ever when entertaining friends for lunch, especially al fresco. Simply arrange anti-pasto, bread, cheeses and other delicious fare in a repeat along the length and slide along the middle of the table. This not only looks stunning and theatrical but everyone will be able to reach everything at once without passing around plates and bowls. It can be hung on the wall as the size does prevent Ronnie from placed in a drawer! I hang mine on Shaker pegs and it looks fantastic and is the envy of my friends.
1m x 35 x 2.5 cm with natural waney edge.