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Recently I was asked by a brewery if I would come out of retirement to make a panel for one of their public houses. In the past I had done a lot of work for them in various pubs and restaurants in the south of England. I didn’t really want the job because I retired ten years ago and now have other interests. I told them that all my tools, paints, and kiln were now stacked in an outhouse gathering dust and cobwebs awaiting disposal.
The pub door has a plain leaded glass panel with a green border. The reason for this was at a time when they thought that some drunk or vandal might smash it, and if that happened it would be easy to make another one quickly and cheaply to replace it.
It’s been twenty years since I made that door panel and it’s never been broken or even cracked, so the brewery thought it was time to jazz it up a bit. I agreed, under duress, to make a roundel and fit it into the middle of the window. I should mention that the pub is called “The Kings Head”, if you haven’t spotted the name already!
This will involve taking the door panel out, stripping it, and rebuilding it with the new roundel in place, because this work cannot be done in situ. It has taken me three weeks to design, paint and fire the individual pieces and lead them together. Not working all the time you understand, just in between my housewifery chores!
The next stage is to take out the existing panel and board up the door. I shall bring the panel back home to work on it, and then return and fit it. We agreed on a payment for this; 25 Free Sunday lunches, including a pint, at any one of their pubs on the Sundays I decide on. (Income Tax dodge!)
Old Git Wit: Be kind to your kids, they’ll be choosing your nursing home!