So the nice chaps turned up to replace the very battered fence around our village hall, turned out they were also down to rehang the gates on brand new gateposts. True enough one of the posts had seen better days but the other well, lets say that one caught my eye.

I was scratching around for an idea for an upcoming exhibition and saw the post lying on its side and most likely destined for someones stove or fireplace and I thought lighthouse...of course, as you would.

So this the first part of the conversion of the gatepost into a lighthouse, first of all a lighthouse needs to have....a light!

I dont have the ability to drill a hole long enough so it had to be cut into sections which I could drill through, this also meant I could remove some the more damaged areas. I have opted for a hole large enough to fit a steel tube through which should help strengthen the thing and give me a really strong spigot to attach it to its base.

The base is going to be a lump of very weathered and gnarled Elm which has been sitting in my woodpile for a little while just waiting for a purpose, well I think its time is now!

All told the thing should stand about 2.5-2.7 metres tall when its finished and I think we may well need a crane to move it.....not entirely sure how I am going to get it into the gallery for the exhibition but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Anyway, here are some pictures:

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