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who live and support our blooming creative scene here. When I visited, it was Jenny’s first full day out in the garden, sowing the sweet peas, looking forward to spring, the thought that keeps us all going. It is evident from the house and garden that they work hard together. First, a quick tour of the house, including John’s office. As we wander, Jenny talks about the common ground and the areas they are totally in tune with: colour, paintings, collections, placements of furniture, painting of the house, and how she does not get involved in John’s furniture design.

There is a complete trust in each other’s capabilities. Jenny reflects on a time when they were at Parnham, when John flew to Japan and left her to learn and execute perfectly the caning of two chair commissions, her first time ever! We diverge into a conversation about teaching and the importance of getting things right the first time, to not disillusion a person by only giving compliments, to have the time and patience as a teacher to really help someone to learn, to enable perfection and the vision to achieve it. You can see this is a thought within the craft school Parnham, the educational phenomenon founded by John. One of the most magical times in their lives was when their college bought Hooke Park, now owned by the Architectural Association. They thought about Cornwall, but it had few suitable woodlands, then Wales, spending long weekends researching and visiting possible woodlands. They settled on coming back to their home, Dorset, to purchase Hooke Park, a special place in many peoples’ eyes where the use of timber from source could be explored within architecture and still is to this day. It is very evident Jenny and John love the outdoors and we fall into a discussion on the benefits people can gain from forests, economic and social benefits as well as environmental, with the ‘habitat’ given unsustainable priority. John finds the reality of woodlands not being managed sad; I couldn’t agree more. Being within and under trees is fabulous, seeing how they form and trying to bring them into good shape. So much woodland is planted and neglected and not managed these days, with the only economic outcome firewood. Hopefully that can change in the near future. There is too much more to say. We chatted, we laughed, we drank coffee, I even stayed long enough to have tea and cake. It was such a joy to be warmly welcomed in such a magical place. Hopefully they will open their garden and house again soon for you all to take a peek. Find gardening words from Jenny in the Eggardon View monthly. If you would like to hear John in conversation with Gareth Neal discussing how design can be enhanced by the partnership between the traditional chisel and contemporary robotics, led by Sarah Myerscough, pop to Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, London on the 1st March. I’ll see you there. Many thanks to Jenny and John for their time and kindness. aliceblogg.co.uk bridporttimes.co.uk | 27

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