Friday, May 28, 2010

We Make London summer spectacular

Chelsea, London UK

Viva la Craft Revolution! The ultimate comeback, its official...Craft is cool.

This summer on Saturday 26th June 2010 from 11am – 5pm We Make Summer Spectacular opens at Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, London. If your making the trip down South the Salvo Fair at Knebworth why not drop into We Make London with over 80 hand picked exhibitors to choose from and a wide range of eco-friendly hand-crafted gifts ideas including jewellery, fashion, graphic art, fine art, bath and body, toys, children's clothing.

We Make London was formed by a group of like-minded designer makers with a can do attitude, united by the lack of affordable places to sell their products. A year and half and five successful events later, We Make is now the showcase for the talents and crafts of the most exciting UK designers.

Organiser Mary McDermott says, “It’s time to take a refreshing break from high street monotony into the exceptional world of handmade, with beautiful items made with love by some very gifted makers. Individuals are finally being rewarded for having such talent and creativity”.

We Make London

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Potty about pots

Salvo Fair, Hertfordshire UK
Russell Tottman better known as 'Potman' within the trade will be at this years Salvo Fair. He has been busily sourcing interesting items to bring to the fair on one of his many buying trips to Turkey.

Russell frequently travels to Turkey on a voyage of discovery. "During each trip I typically source about 600 pots, wood, marble and metal work" said Russell. Over the past ten years Russell has been travelling to Turkey he has built up a strong nexus of friends and dealers. "I buy the majority of my stock from on guy, he has three sons who are also involved in the business," said Russell.

The close networks he has made proves invaluable especially as they search out items from all over Turkey, from towns to farms and small villages. "The travelling can be quite time consuming and costly as the price of gas is 2euros a litre," said Russell. Also during his stock trips to Turkey he buys rugs and cushion covers from a supplier close to the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul.

Pot prices range from £45 for a 50cm pot to £120 for a 75cm one. He has a pair of large white pots at £495 each, which he intends to bring to this years Salvo Fair if they haven't been snapped up before! He also has a selection of other antiques and salvaged items like marble sinks at £95 and an extremely rare Turkish Ottoman door which is three hundred years old and priced at £1,500.

Salvo Fair

Salvo Fair: Last minute advertising opportunities!

Knebworth, Herts UK
We have been asked by a few people where they can advertise their businesses through us now that the Fair Guide has gone to print.

Here are a two options:

1. A Button on Salvo Fair homepage A three month deal for June, July, August, this period last year saw 20,000 visitors to the Salvo Fair website.
Size: 172px by 143px (see House Directory button)
Cost: £100 + vat for three months.

2. Banner on the scaffold tower at Salvo Fair. Over 5,000 people attend the Salvo Fair, all with an interest in architectural antiques and salvage. There is a 25ft high, 10ft wide scoffold tower in the centre of the fair site, bedecked with flags and banners. We have space for more huge banners here. Please call Thornton on 020 8400 6222 to discuss costs and sizes.

If you have any further questions about the fair or last minute advertising contact Ruby on 01225 422 300.

Salvo Fair

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

William De Morgan tile exhibition

Above: A 6in William De Morgan animal subject tile, priced at £1800 in Haslam & Whiteway's exhibition of the Catleugh collection.

Kensington, London UK
Kensington Church Street decorative arts dealer Haslam and Whiteway have landed the bulk of the William De Morgan tile collection of the late Jon Catleugh, expert and author of the seminal book, William De Morgan Tiles.

Haslam and Whiteway have over 300 of his DeMorgan tiles, from single examples to larger panels, and are devoting an exhibition to them at their gallery from June 9 - 30 2010. It will be accompanied by a 98-page catalogue.

Scrapped plasterboard no longer considered waste in Scotland

[photo. edie]

Scotland UK
Rules that determine the legal definition of surplus building materials in Scotland have been tweaked so that plasterboard that ticks the right environmental boxes need no longer be considered waste.

SEPA, Scotland's environmental watchdog, now says that plasterboard that meets a certain standard, as laid out by the BSI PAS109:2008, it won't count as waste, cutting down on costs and paperwork when it comes to reprocessing it.


Proposed prohibition on illegal timber

The European Parliament’s environment committee have taken a major step towards stopping illegally sourced timber and wood products from being sold within the EU. The committee voted through new draft legislation, proposals hailed by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency as the toughest and most meaningful yet to combat the trade and help curb the prevalent deforestation.

If endorsed by the European Council in July, the legislation means EU companies would have to prove they are buying and selling only legally harvested timber and wood products, with member states having the right to investigate those suspected of breaking the law and to prosecute and impose strong penalties on the guilty.

The environment committee which is led by UK Green MEP Caroline Lucas said she, "recognises that this issue is also the responsibility of Europe as a major consuming region of illegally sourced timber and wood products. It’s up to the member states now to ensure illegal timber and wood products no longer continue to be sold as legal. They must support a prohibition and ensure strong measures come into force.”

Environment Investigation Agency

Four arrested over trading carbon credits

London & Leicester UK
Four people were arrested in early morning raids on 20 May 2010 by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers investigating a £38 million suspected VAT fraud. The alleged fraud involved the trading 'carbon credits' which are emission allowances.

The fraudulent companies allegedly purchased carbon credits from overseas VAT free sources and then sold them on to businesses in the UK at a VAT inclusive price. The VAT charged by the fraudulent companies was never paid to HMRC.

News Distribution Service

Large crowds at Antique Garden Furniture Show USA

Above: Village Braider, Plymouth, Mass.

New York USA
The three day Antique Garden Furniture Show sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden drew record crowds. Event organiser Catherine Sweeney Singer believes it is down to the new floor layout which according to her, "eliminated the stale look of rows of booths by bringing together three booths forming a wall of interesting garden objects, wall decorations and countless accessories."

Above: Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, Katonah, N.Y.

Exhibitors included Barbara Israel who's stand represented most parts of the world. Including a wonderful carved stone well head with wrought iron overthrow, English, circa 1930, that measured just over 70 inches high. The well head was 33 inches high, 31 inches wide and 21 inches inside diameter. Germany was represented by a stoneware figure representing the Applied Arts, circa 1900, 65 inches tall, wearing a classical robe with a sculptor's tool in the right hand and a palette in the left. Several benches were shown, including a rare cast iron example with a Moorish-style sunburst in the center flanked by plant motif, American, circa 1880, and measuring 46 inches wide, 39 inches high and 24 inches deep.

Also, this year the New York Botanical Garden is presenting "Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers," the annual spring exhibition in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, on view through June 13.

Above: Michael Trapp, West Cornwall, Conn.

Antiques and the arts online

Airline 'reuses plastic cutlery 30 times'

Qantas, Australia's largest airline reuses plastic cutlery as many as 30 times before they are thrown away. The cutlery is collected at the end of journeys and sent to a cleaning facility before distributing them to a new set of passengers.

London funds building waste reuse centre

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) are investing £0.5m into a social enterprise that will collect unwanted construction materials from building sites and sell them on to the public and trade. The project is to be led by BioRegional who are based in Croydon.

The centre will not be based on selling high value items instead it will focus on saving building materials that would otherwise find their way to landfill sites or, at best, be crushed and re-used as aggregates. The centre will also include surplus materials which have come from building sites but never used.

James Cleverly, chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board said: "Last year London created a massive 9.7million tonnes of construction and demolition waste. Around half of this was recycled but there is still much more we need to do to tackle the rest which largely ends up dumped in landfill sites. This innovative project ticks all our boxes - reusing waste, cutting emissions and bringing jobs and real social benefits to the capital."

Construction companies wanting to donate their waste a worthy cause can contact the centre at


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Top honours for green hotel room

Above: Hospitality Design Expo, visitors look around the winning green hotel room, which was praised for its eco-friendly features.

Las Vegas, USA
The winning green hotel room was displayed at the Hospitality Design Expo. Among its many green features is a giant tank which contains water that is heated by the sun's heat and released when the shower is turned on and salvaged wooden doors are used as tables.

Las Vegas News

Fireplaces stolen to order

Above: One of the stolen Georgian fireplaces [photo. BBC NEWS]

Edinburgh UK
According to Police two city fireplaces have been stolen to order. The incident happened between 7pm on Thursday 13 May and 7.30pm on Friday 14 May in Edinburgh, the fireplaces where stolen from a property which is currently under renovation.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said, "Given the value and style of these items, they were most likely stolen to order and we are eager to speak to anyone who can assist with our inquiries. The size and weight of the fireplaces would require a large car or van to transport them. If anyone has seen any such vehicles in the area or witnessed anything else suspicious, they should contact police immediately."


3 lions for Salvo Fair

Hertfordshire, UK
We are asking everyone coming to Salvo Fair 2010 to join in with World Cup spirit. We would like three statues of lions to sit at the entrance, so if you have a lion laying about your yard let us know! Call Ruby on 01225 422300.

Salvo Fair 2010

Chelsea Flower Show 2010: Prisoners and homeless people create biggest garden ever

Chelsea, London UK
Prisoners and homeless people have designed and constructed the largest garden ever built at Chelsea Flower Show. The 6,000 square foot garden is constructed from recycled bottles, old washing machines and donated trees. Up to 50 homelessness charities have taken part, with more than 75 people working on the site at a time. All have received vocational training in woodwork, planting and other horticultural skills that they can use to get employment in the future.


Monday, May 24, 2010

How to spend it

The Financial Times magazine, How To Spend It listed Salvo Fair as one of the places where you should 'spend it'. It said, 'Rich pickings for salvage lovers. Tracking down that ideal Victorian fireplace or period feature for the home often means flogging halfway across Britain to a country backwater. Even then there is no guarantee that you will find what you're looking for. But over the weekend of June 26-27, the Salvo Fair, an outdoor exhibition of architectural salvage, garden antiques and reclaimed building materials, takes place in the deer park of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. . .'

Full article at How To Spend It

Architectural Heritage at TATE Britain & The Chelsea Flower Show

The past few months have been extremely busy for Architectural Heritage. The successful Christies sale was quickly followed by the installation at Tate Britain of pieces as commissioned by the artist Pablo Bronstein for the Clore Garden. Architectural Heritage will also be exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show 25-29 May 2010.

Over the past year Architectural Heritage have carried out a number of fireplace installations in both America and England.

Architectural Heritage

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gaze Vintage Interiors & Textiles

Above: A 19th Century four fold screen, the panels painted in oils depicting galleons at war, estimated at £450-£675.

Diss, Norfolk UK
Gaze auctioneers are holding an auction of vintage interiors and textiles on Saturday 22 May 2010, starting at 10am.


Reuse from Redhills Community Primary School

Exeter, Devon UK
Children of Redhills Community Primary School have just put the finishing touches to their reuse plastic bottle greenhouse. The last bottles were wired into place ready for the plants to arrive.

Redhills School

Deconstruction vs Demolition

My Green Home Project explains that deconstruction is the way to go and shows you how to take your house apart gently. You may say that deconstruction is 'green demolition' but the actual definition stated by My Green House Project is 'a process by which a house is taken apart - either wholly or partially - with the intention of salvaging all or part of the building materials.'

According to 3R Demolition, deconstruction specialists, 'The evolution of both recycling and the environment regulations have created a new vogue word, "deconstruction". Deconstruction has revolutionized the demolition industry. This new trend is making conventional demolition a thing of the past - it's no longer just a traditional material removal and disposal industry. Rather, it has progressed to a highly sophisticated, environmentally friendly deconstruction, recycle and salvage opportunity.'

My Green Home Project continues to discuss why we should deconstruct, the tools and techniques to use for deconstruction, giving actual examples of projects.

Don't Demolish - Deconstruct!

My Green Home Project

Reuse of reclaimed steel beams

Modern Steel Construction magazine containing all the latest news in the steel construction world, including features on reusing salvaged steel and the 2010 Ideas Awards which celebrates innovative design in structural steel.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New downtown reuse district

New Orleans, USA
ReFest Saturday launches new reuse district downtown in New Orleans. The district is made up of a collective of more than 20 existing businesses and nonprofit organisations in the Bywater/Marigny and St. Claude/St. Roch neighbourhoods. The ReUse District includes salvage depots such as The Green Project, the Habitat For Humanity ReStore and the Preservation Resource Center’s salvage store. Retail and service shops trading in used items, such as Bywater’s Bargain Center, Beth’s Books and Tete’s Tire Repair Shop, and art galleries that feature works made of reused items, such as New Orleans icon Dr. Bob’s Chartres Street studio.

To encourage people to the new district there will be a free one-day festival promoting creative reuse on Saturday 22 May from 10am to 2am, with workshops, music, a film screening and a pub crawl.

Louisiana Festivals

Monday, May 17, 2010

iida 2010 green heart awards

iida 2010 design awards are looking for green hearted designers who are aware of the environment. The goal of the project is to 'open up possibilities for sustainable life through design'.

The three categories are; green design for humans - life style design which helps to realise ways to consider the environment in daily life such as home appliances, furniture and stationary. Green design for the city - innovative and effective public design which suggests the possibility of an eco-friendly city through architecture, interior design and public areas. Green design for communication - design taking lead in social communication for the diffusion of green design and green life stsyle such as posters, advertisement and networking. Winners will get to display their designs at the Incheon International Design Fair, an opportunity to present their work to companies based in incheon and $10,000.


Friday, May 14, 2010

The construction industry and the new coalition according to Building website

The Building website has published its views on how the new coalition government will effect the construction industry. It highlights the eight key policy areas of housing, education, health, greening existing housing, nuclear, renewable energy, private sector development and transport and what the likely consequences of a Lib-Con (some might say Con-Dem) coalition will be.

Graham Kean, head of public at EC Harris, says whichever deal was struck between the parties, one thing was certain: “There is going to be a time of policy review that will result in many capital projects being delayed for a few months until priorities are reset.”


Thomas Woodham-Smith on Masterpiece London

Above: Thomas Woodham-Smith -- from the delivery van to the boardroom [pict. The Art Newspaper]

London, UK
The Art Newspaper interviews Thomas Woodham-Smith about Masterpiece London, which will take place opposite the Royal Hospital Chelsea at the prestigious location of the former Chelsea Barracks, Chelsea Bridge Road.

Thomas Woodham-Smith is the managing director of the London and New York-based antique furniture dealer Mallett and chairman of Masterpiece London, a new fair which aims to re-establish London as a centre for antiques, design and decorative arts. The interdisciplinary fair, which will bring together design, cars, modern and antique jewellery, modern sculpture and antiquities launches this summer 24-29 June, so when you have finished browsing at Masterpiece you can head to Salvo Fair from 25-27 June, only 25miles north of central London.

The Art Newspaper

Masterpiece London

Paul Saunders selling a dismantled chapel on ebay

Devizes, United Kingdom
Paul Saunders has dismantled a 1868 church into 10,000 piece and is now selling the flat-pack on eBay for £15,000. The chapel of rest which was 6.5m tall by 4.6m wide and 6.6m long, has stood in the cemetery since it was built. The new owner will have to rebuild the church from scratch but all the pieces are there including pews, 8,000 bricks, lectern, floor tiles, nine bath stone archways and 2,000 roof tiles.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Football World Cup at Salvo Fair 2010

Knebworth, Hertfordshire UK - FOLLOWERS of the World Cup may be interested to know which matches will be played during the forthcoming Salvo Fair. In 2006 a number of matches could be seen during the fair on the stands of various exhibitors.

Wed 23 June (set-up day)
USA v Algeria 1500hrs
Slovenia v England 1500hrs
Australia v Serbia 1930hrs
Ghana v Germany 1930hrs

Thurs 24 June (set-up day)
Paraguay v New Zealand 1500hrs
Slovakia v Italy 1500hrs
Cameroon v Holland 1930hrs
Denmark v Japan 1930hrs

Fri 25 June (Trade Day)
Korea v Cote d'Ivoire 1500hrs
Portugal v Brazil 1500 hrs
Chile v Spain 1930hrs
Switzerland v Honduras 1930hrs

Sat 26 June (Public Day)
S Africa, Uruguay, France or Mexico v Argentina, Korea, Greece or Nigeria 1500hrs
England, Algeria, Slovenia or USA v Germany, Serbia, Ghana or Australia 1930hrs

Sun 27 June (Public Day)
S Africa, Uruguay, France or Mexico v Argentina, Korea, Greece or Nigeria 1500hrs
England, Algeria, Slovenia or USA v Germany, Serbia, Ghana or Australia 1930hrs

For the stats enthusiasts there is a one in sixteen chance that England may be playing Germany on the Saturday evening, and a one in four chance England may play another country. There is a one in two chance that England will play on Saturday or Sunday evening. Come on ENGLAND, reclaim the World Cup!!!

FIFA World Cup calendar

The Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection at Harris Lindsay

Above: Rare diorama of a squirrel boxing match. English circa 1870

London, UK
Harris Lindsay of 67 Jermyn Street, London will be hosting the Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection, an 'Exhibition of the Rare and Exotic'. The collection as formed over a period of more than forty years by two generations of one family. John Hawkins began to collect zoomorphic objects on his arrival in Australia in 1968 and his daughter, Emma continued with the opening of her iconic shop in Westbourne Grove in 1990. Nearly every zoomorphic object of importance that has appeared on the market over this period has been purchased by the family and is now to be displayed for sale from 2 June - 26 June 2010, 10am - 6pm.

Above: Rare pair of hippopotamus teeth. Silver mounted in the form of candelsticks, Sheffield, 1911.

Harris Linsay

Positive attitude at Ronsons

Above: A large timber framed Pagoda, arched gothic style windows and doorway, zinc and copper roof, sold for £6,800 to a local private (est £5k-£8k)

Above: A pair of iron gates from Twickenham rugby ground by T W Palmer sold for £1,100 (est £1k-£2k), one of two pairs which sold at the sale.

Sandhurst, Gloucestershire UK - THE auction sale at Ronson Reclaim by Brightwells on 6th May 2010 resulted in around half the lots being sold. There was a good turnout of bidders on the day and the top lot was a reclaimed garden pagoda which sold locally for £6,800, followed by a Portland stone fountain basin which sold for £2,000 to the USA. Ron Jones, owner and founder of Ronsons, said that the sale was a success and he definitely wanted do another next year.

"It went well," he said, "we pitched the reserves on our own lots quite low which resulted in some good sales. But some lots put in by the trade had too high a reserve, and so did not sell. Ronsons was keen to move stock. It is about time to start knocking the prices down. This is about moving money basically. My catchphrase for 2011 is that you lose on the swings and gain on the roundabout. You have to move, not stagnate."

"Regarding the future, Ronsons will be going back to its roots by moving away from the high end architectural and garden ornament and back to concentrating on basic reclaimed building materials at our Sandhurst site. Darren (Ron Jones son and business partner) will continue trading at the top end with Lichen Garden Antiques at his Tetbury showroom."

Asked whether the sale date coinciding with polling day had an impact on the auction, Mr. Jones was cryptic. "I specifically chose the date of the election," he said, "which meant that we had a lot of tourists at our sale."

Ronson Auction Catalogue & Results
Ronson Reclaim
Lichen Garden Antiques

Deconstruction courses in USA

The second round of NSP funding is being distributed in the US, cities have an opportunity to capitalise on both the long and short-term benefits of the program. In addition to the rehabilitation of low-income housing, the funds can be used for demolition or, preferably, deconstruction. The Reuse People explain that deconstruction can be beneficial as abandoned and dilapidated houses can be removed and salvaged materials can be used in the renovation of existing housing.

Most city officials understand that NSP funding will run out in two more years and are searching for ways to leverage the remaining monies to achieve long-term benefits. TRP’s deconstruction training program, “An Introduction to Deconstruction,” offers cities an way to train unemployed and underemployed workers in skills applicable to many of the construction trades. TPR also offers a shorter deconstruction training course for local contractors which includes skills such as de-nailing lumber, how to remove building components while protecting and preserving their reuse value.

The Reuse People

Italy adopts USA's LEED scheme

The GBC Italia and the US Green Building Council have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a partnership between the two organisations. Italy are the first European country to adopt the USA's LEED green building standards rating scheme.

President of GBC Italia, Mario Zoccatelli said, "LEED has been very successful in the US in transforming the approach to building design, construction and operation. After reviewing all of the existing green building tools out there, we ultimately chose LEED because of USGBC's history of innovation and its flexible approach."


Human hair to tackle oil spill

Human hair and fur stuffed in tights is the new contraption to tackle the oil spewing from BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico. Hair possesses a unique characteristic which means that oil clings to the many tiny scales on each strand.

"Each follicle [strand] of hair has an enormous amount of surface area. It's not soaking up the oil, it's not blowing up like a sponge - the oil is coating the outside," says Lisa Gautier, founder of the ecological charity Matter of Trust, which runs an international Hair for Oil Spills programme to collect off-cuts from hair salons and pet groomers, sheep farmers and individuals.

The technique has been tested and approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It was used in past disasters, such as 2007's Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay and in the Philippines in 2006.


Landmark Liverpool church is flattened

Liverpool UK
The St John and St James Edwardian church in Liverpool was demolished at the end of April. Allegedly a victim of a deal struck between the Diocese of Liverpool and a property developer. Prior to demolition the the furnishings and fittings of the church were stripped out and sold at auction. The site is to be developed in to 16 dwellings. The leader of the local council said that the recent clearance of Liverpool's landmarks for the Pathfinder scheme had 'ripped the heart out of local communities'.

Save Britain's Heritage

Save Bootle's Heritage

Bidder non grata

Internet entrepreneur Halsey Minor plans to auction off his art collection at Phillips de Pury & Co. in New York next week for at least $21 million, but he does not plan to head to any of the larger auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's to make new purchases as he is 'bidder non grata' at these two auction houses.

The term 'no bid' is is used to describe collectors or dealers who, for financial or legal reasons aren't allowed to register to bid at auction. Mr. Minor is bidder non grata at Sotheby's and Christie's because, auction executives at those houses say, he refused to pay his art-buying bills at Sotheby's and backed out of a deal to sell other pieces at Christie's.

The Wall Street Journal

Masco sponsors 'Lions of Bath'

Above: Artist Jacqui Harrison with lion “Frank”, set to be part of this summer’s “Lions of Bath” project. [pict. Devon 24]

Bath UK
Jacqui Harrison is one of 100 artists who have been commissioned to decorate a life-size lion sculpture for the 'Lions of Bath' project. The fiberglass lions are each sponsored by a local business, Ms Harrison's lion affectionately named 'Frank' is sponsored by Masco. The lions will go on display around the city from the end of May until mid-September, when they will be auctioned off for charity.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Letter about eBay from an ATG reader

Antique Trades Gazette, 15 May 2010

The Antique Trade Gazette has recently printed an interesting letter from one of its readers;

'SIR- I'd like to add a further tale of caution to the recent 'buying on eBay' letters.

Some time ago I spotted a piece listed on eBay which was of potential interest to me. I readied myself for a last-minute bidding frenzy but then I noticed the self-same piece coming up at a provincial English auction room. The eBay listing photograph was the same one as presented on the auction house site and the piece was unique enough to make this more than a coincidence.

I contacted the eBay seller and he was quite open about the face that he didn't actually own the object he was trying to sell. He had downloaded the auction house image and put it on eBay. If he got a good eBay price he would bid at the auction up to a level giving him profit. If he couldn't achieve a profit the eBay listing would be cancelled because the piece had been 'damaged' or 'stolen'. . . Is this legal? - if not it's certainly immoral.

Bob Mills'


Looking for the birds

Salvo Fair, Hertfordshire UK
At this years Salvo Fair look out for Guy Trench's latest reuse design. He has been making lamps from interesting old objects found at markets for many years, mainly using sports and hunting memorabilia. Taking reuse to another level, a granite base incorporating old binoculars has been teamed with a parchment paper lampshade covered in the feathers of guinea fowl, partridge, and pheasant. The feathers are salvaged by a business in Norfolk and handmade into lampshades. There are six different sizes ranging from wall sconce at £35 to large 20 inch shade at £195, although shades can be made to order in any size.

Salvo Fair

Antiques by Design

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Chair belonging to assassinated Prime Minister

London, UK
A chair in which Britain's only assassinated Prime Minister lay dying is to be sold at a London antiques fair next month. Spenser Perceval collapsed into the carved mahogany Winsor armchair situated in the House of Commons after being shot on 11 May 1812 by John Bellingham, a failed merchant. It followed a dreadful 221 days in power amidst severe economic depression.

The George II chair, made in the 1740s, is being sold for £95,000 by 18th century English furniture specialists Apter-Fredericks. It will be shown at the Masterpiece Fair at the former Chelsea Barracks site in London from 24 to 29 June.


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Decon '11 Radio Interview

Decon '11 Radio Interview

Listen to this radio interview (follow link below) about Decon '11 on Connecticut's Cox Radio. Bob Falk (BMRA president), Sherrill Baldwin (CT DEP), and Lil Snyder (City of New Haven) all came together to discuss the next May's Decon '11 conference.

Building Materials Reuse Association

How can I recycle this looks at the environmental policies across the parties

The website 'How can I recycle this' outlines the environmental policies across the parties;

* We will reduce carbon emissions in line with our international commitments.
* We will promote small- and large-scale low carbon energy production, including nuclear, wind, clean coal and biogas.
* We will safeguard our energy security by ensuring there is sufficient spare capacity in the energy system.
* We will safeguard our energy security by ensuring there is sufficient spare capacity in the energy system.
* We will protect and improve the UK’s natural environment, and pioneer new schemes to improve conservation.
* We will push for reform of the Common Agricultural and Fisheries Policies to promote sustainable farming and fishing. We will promote high animal welfare standards and ensure that government procures locally-produced food wherever possible.
* We will work towards a zero-waste society via a Responsibility Deal on waste – a voluntary arrangement among producers to cut back on the production of waste and improve its disposal.

Green Party
* Use the £45 billion investment plan to kick-start a green industrial revolution so that low and zero-carbon sectors of the economy are the new platform for prosperity.
* Transform the energy production landscape by supporting renewable sources, including wind and micro-solar generation.
* A massive investment in renewable sources to support development of both large-scale wind and tidal generation and domestic micro-generation – together these measures would create 80,000 jobs in the first year.
* Reduce emissions from aviation by ending the £10 billion subsidy of the aviation industry.
* Retrofit homes, schools and hospitals with energy efficiency measures.
* Reduce waste by making waste reduction, re-use and recycling easier.
* Improve public transport and rail to cut emissions from vehicles.

* Achieve around 40 per cent low-carbon electricity by 2020 and create 400,000 new green jobs by 2015.
* Make greener living easier and fairer through ‘pay as you save’ home energy insulation, energy-bill discounts for pensioners and requiring landlords to properly insulate rented homes.
* Move towards a ‘zero waste’ Britain, banning recyclable and biodegradable materials from landfill.
* Link together new protected areas of habitat; maintain the Green Belt; increase forest and woodland areas.
* Ensure fairness for food producers through EU reform and a Supermarkets Ombudsman; and support post offices, shops and pubs in rural communities.

Liberal Democrats
* We will require energy companies to simplify the complicated tangle of different tariffs, requiring them to charge families less for a basic amount of energy used, to encourage responsible use.
* We will prioritise achieving a global agreement providing leadership for an international framework that will enable each country to manage a transition to a low-carbon economy.
* We will also introduce a fair social tariff system for disadvantaged families.
* We will immediately raise the requirements of Building Regulations to ensure that all new homes are energy efficient and use ‘Green Loans’ to encourage people to invest in home energy efficiency and micro-renewables.
* We will help developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
* We oppose construction of further nuclear power stations.
* We will invest now in the green technologies of the future delivering hundreds of thousands of new and better jobs in the years to come.
* We will drive a massive programme of investment in renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and solar. We will also transform the National Grid into a smart decentralised grid which will respond dynamically to the changing patterns of energy demand.

How can I recycle this?

Henry VIII's 12ft-tall wine fountain is re-created

Hampton Court Palace was used by King Henry VIII as his pleasure palace [photo. BBC]

The working replica was created after the remains of a 16th Century fountain used by King Henry VIII were found during an archaeological dig at Hampton Court Palace. The 13ft (4m) fountain, made of timber, lead, bronze and gold leaf, stands on the site of the excavated fountain. The replica's design was based on the Field of the Cloth of Gold painting displayed at the palace. It shows Henry's meeting with Francis I at Guines near Calais in June 1520, when Henry also erected a a temporary 'palace' made from canvas.

According to historical documents, one French guest observed that the fountains 'continually spouted white wine and claret. The replica can be found in the palace's large courtyard and will run with red and white wine at weekends and on bank holidays, costing £3.50 a glass, carrying on the tradition started by Henry VIII.

The fully working recreation of Henry VIII's Tudor Wine Fountain was carefully constructed from authentic materials including timber, bronze and gold leaf. [photo. Daily Mail]

Times Online

Garden Sculpture & Architectural Ornaments

Sotheby's are holding a garden sculpture and architectural ornament sale, made up of the collection of Piet Jonker. Piet Jonker gained international acclaim specialising in historic building materials such as mantelpieces, fountains, wall tiles and other decorations like sundials, garden vases, benches and tables and sculptures.

The auction will have 350 high quality lots, selected personally by Piet Jonker and Sotheby's specialists. Highlights consist of tw Rococo marble mantelpieces, designed in the 18th century by the famous architect Johan Peter van Baurscheidt do Jonge (1699-1768). The masterpieces come from the Antwerp royal palace, where they functioned as welcoming sculptural works for guests of the royal family.

Lot 204: A carved Arrabescato marble fireplace, by Johan Peter Van Baurscheit the younger (1699 - 1768) for the city palace in Antwerp, Belgium Rococo, Mid 18th century, estimated at 30,000 - 50,000 euros.

Lot 315: A pair of carved marble Venetian lions submounting Rosso Verona columns 19th century, Estimated at 10,000 - 15,000 euros.


Unica Fine Art Expo

Modena, Italy
Unica Fine Art Expo held the 24th Modenantiquaria, a fine art fair which includes garden statuary and many architectural features. The next fair is 19-27 February 2011.

Unica Fine Art Expo

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Chinese farmer makes home made robots

Chinese farmer Wu Yulu has been creating robots to help humans for a number of years. Today, his collection has grown to 47 with far more advanced capabilities than his pioneer days. The robots are made from scrap materials such as wires and screws, and are able to pour tea, offer smokers a light and paint pictures. Wu Yulu and his robots will be appearing at the forthcoming Shanghai World Expo, which will begin in May and run until October 2010.

Above: A selection of Wu Yulu robots.

Design Boom

Monday, May 03, 2010

UK 2010 upcoming elections

For the forthcoming election Salvo requested people to ask their parliamentary candidates about their policies on reuse. We also asked dealers for their opinions on who to vote for.

Two people asked the following question of Lib Dem, Labour, Green and Conservative parliamentary candidates in the Westminster North and Canterbury constituencies:

Please tell me your views or your party's policies on encouraging the reuse of building materials. There has been much emphasis on recycling but reuse would both reduce the increasing amounts sent to landfill and help reduce global warming. Reuse of an old brick for example would mean saving the energy needed to make a new one in its place. The cost saving in monetary terms and to the environment should make it a policy priority for any future government. Every year we continue to throw away huge amounts of reusable building materials - just look in any skip! Looking forward to hearing your comments.

No Green party candidate replied.

The following replies were received from Westminster's Lib Dem, Tory and Labour parliamentary candidates, and from Canterbury's Labour and Tory candidate, which includes an interesting link to a speech about reuse given by the Tories in January 2010.

Reply from Lib Dem candidate (Westminster)
It was extremely informative to learn some of the realities of the brick trade and as someone who loves the idea of re-use and reclamation (we did our house up when we moved into Westminster a few years ago and used as many reclaimed materials as possible) I was fairly horrifed. If elected I promise to look into the situation further and do what I can do address the senseless waste.

Reply from Tory candidate (Westminster)
As you rightly point out, Britain is struggling to cope with mountains of waste. We will introduce a new approach, one which minimises waste and promotes recycling. A Conservative government will introduce a Responsibility Deal on waste which is a voluntary arrangement among producers to cut back on the production of waste and improve its disposal. We will also put a floor under landfill tax until 2020 to give businesses long term certainty to invest in new forms of waste disposal and we will encourage councils to adopt a scheme which gives incentives to families that recycle. It is hoped these two measures will mean it will make economic sense for businesses to reuse building waste. The environment is central to the modern Conservative Party's agenda and Joanne also recognises its importance.

Reply from Tory candidate (Canterbury)
Thank you for your email which was forwarded by the Conservative Association office asking about my views on recycling. As a keen recycler, and once the Parliamentary advisor to the BSMA (British Secondary Metals Association, now BMRA) I share your concern about the amount of building materials sent to landfill. Small businesses who find it difficult to pay for a waste licence tend to be better at conserving materials – or selling them on through specialist recyclers/reclamation companies. You will not find much copper, re-sellable metals or reclaimable bricks, for example, on waste sites, as the builders concerned appreciate their second hand value. Old bricks, like Kent Reds or traditional London stocks, are currently double the price of new ones, which encourages recycling. I do believe that we could do more, however, to reuse materials such as timber and modern bricks. Part of the problem with reclaiming bricks is that modern mortar clings to them so they tend to break up when removed, as the bricks are softer than the mortar. The bricks are therefore only really suitable for hardcore. My colleague, Nick Herbert, has spoken about this issue, and his speech is on the Conservative website: Nick Herbert's speech

Reply from Labour candidate (Westminster)
Re-use and recycling is a very important issue, and there is no reason, subject to basic safety considerations, why this should not include building materials. Britain is subject to a Landfill reduction tax liability if targets for cutting the use of landfill, so there are powerful incentives to cut these methods of disposal already. There is a growing network of both advice and information about recycling (The Association for Environmentally Conscious Building is one) and reclamation centres being set up. Much of the responsibility for driving this agenda lies at the level of local government, which in turn has incentives built in through something called 'Local area agreements', in which local councils agree improvements with central government in exchange for financial support. There should, for example, be a way of recycling materials left as a result of home improvements and small building projects, without this having to place too much responsibility on the individual. I hope that this is helpful.

Reply from Labour candidate (Canterbury)
This is an excellent point. When I was talking to some building companies recently they made me aware that the new standards for heat retention etc made reuse of some materials not possible but argued like you that for some carbon neutral materials it was more a matter of recycling so that the materials were available in the right places. They must also be acceptable to home buyers. This last point is in regard to new owners wanting the brick in their houses to match etc. so i guess the emphasis must be on repairs rather than new builds.

The comments below were from people in the architectural salvage trade.

Comment from a dealer (The Cotswold constituency)
I fear writing anything without considerable editing for fear of slander, libel, blairphemy (denigration of TB and his wife, Jaws - I wouldn't mind a butchers at their expenses, don't suppose they're available under the f.o.i. act?). As for another dose of Brown. No way. He got us into this mess as chancellor with the expansion of credit and lack of bank regulation. Go ahead lads, lend as much as you like to whoever you like. Can only be good for the country 'cos the more they spend the more they pay in taxes and while we're at it, sell 'em more insurance, I'll tax 'em 5% on that as well. Then with all this extra tax revenue I'll spend more on employing civl servants and quangos and keep unemployment low 'cos everyone I employ will have to pay tax and so I'll get even more tax to waste er sorry spend until one day we all disappear up our own a********. Oh damn, too late, it looks as though we have done. If the worst happens and Gordon gets back in (no, no it's not possible, surely?) then you can bet that brown noser, twice disgraced Mandelson will be the unelected PM of this country within the year. At that point I leave. Not that I'm  a great Thatcher lover either. Her vision of everyone enjoying  more leisure and full employment being in the financial and
service sector was idiotic.OK she walloped the unions but that was about it. A country has to have manufacturing. You have to add real value. Take a bit of metal for 1p, bash it into a widget and flog it for 5p. That's the way forward. Thatcher did for manufacturing and look at us now. All those small businesses gone. Everything made in China. Financial services are based on fresh air well actually foul air. Banks talk about their products. Their products!!! A product is a widget not an effing insurance policy you don't need. Ted Heath was a traitor. Nuff said. And how did Callaghan get all those farms and Neil Kinnock and family all those unelected jobs in the EU. Jobs for the boys. Behind every failed politician is a nagging greedy spouse/partner what have you. And ploliticians look after their own. There's some recent story about a former civil servant chief responsible
for helicopter procurement now being ceo of an overseas helicopter mfr who has just got the contract for our new machines. Funny? Is that a bad smell in the State of Denmark (read Westminster). They're all at it - pigs with snouts in troughs. Looking after their own. And as for local councils paying their chief execs, thousands a week. What do they know about anything. It's easy spending the dosh, it's making it that's difficult. A council doesn't have to work hard to make any money.It is given it and still the tossers make a balls of spending it, always asking for more. Live within your means, I say. Wish I could, I also say! When they talk of cuts, they always slash the sharp end - the road diggers, the nurses, the firemen it's never the chiefs or the office wallahs. Oh no. One glimmer of hope is that they've taxed evryone so much know that any further attempts will result in declining revenues. A couple of garage mates are already reporting lower sales of fuel. But that won't put 'em off. They are so thick and stupid they won't notice that all the tax payers have left until it's too late. We pay more and we get less.
P.S. I actually think we need people like the The Taxpayer's Alliance to open our eyes to the theft that is going on.

Comment from a dealer (Stratford-on-Avon constituency)
I do not have time to think about all this, but I agree with much of what the dealer above (The Cotswolds) wrote. Grocer Heath was guilty of High Treason and should have been hanged but chose burial at sea when he died naturally; am sure this was to frustrate people like me who wished to dance on the wretch's grave. So much control and sovereignty has been given to the anti-democratic E.U. that the U.K. Independence Party offers the only hope: get out of it before their police state takes over completely! If UKIP continues to make progress, the other parties will have to offer a genuine referendum at some point. God speed that day!

Comment from a dealer (Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency)
Nick Griffin reuses reclaimed bricks. Vote BNP

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