Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Our Cornish Heritage

Another day's engraving and the image is taking shape. I'm very much enjoying the vigorous cutting of the snowy bank and looking forward to another day engraving tomorrow.

This building is on an old tin mine, on the edge of our village. The whole area is riddled with old tin and copper mines and they mostly closed forever in the early 20th century. Only one still survives, soon to be re-opened; South Crofty, in Camborne, just down the hill. This is Marshall's shaft Pumping Engine house once used for pumping water out of the South Condurrow tin mine workings. Another set of mine ruins not far away (still in the village environs) on the fabulously-named 'Great Flat Lode' are softened by moss and mounds and constitute part of the best network of traffic-free bridleways in Cornwall. We went walking there for the first time a couple of weeks ago, without the camera, unfortunately, but I shall take it next time as it's a wonderful walk.

Another illustration job is due in the next few days, so I'm making the most of this free time. Hopefully I shall be able to finish this block soon and get a proof run off.


sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

I also really like the perspective you have used here Sue. x

Danielle Barlow said...

I love these old mining buildings ( and their names - we have 'Kings Oven' near us - what an image that conjures up!)

Jan said...

Streaking along on this one, Sue. I love the dramatic hilly terrain, and of course the dog.