The Workshop Door

Yesterday the inventory checking team finally decided to brave the cold and start checking the Cottage Workshop. This is one of the more chaotic rooms at Snowshill with over 1300 objects. Having said that it is also one of the most captivating.

Inside the Workshop

Inside the Workshop

This was where Mr Wade spent most of his time, it is in the heart of the cottage he called home and he would spend hours here caring for the objects he loved. This was also the space where his creativity would thrive and we still have some of the templates he used to create the wooden letters now on display in Nadir. There is also a strange looking figure sitting at the bench who also demonstrates Mr Wade’s talents as a craftsman. Wade made the model as a setting for one of his suits of Samurai armour, there are additional examples of these models on display in Green Room.

Wooden modelling frame of a human torso painted black in areas with detailed, jointed legs. Made by Charles Paget Wade to support a suit of samurai armour when on display.

Wooden modelling frame of a human torso painted black in areas with detailed, jointed legs. Made by Charles Paget Wade to support a suit of samurai armour when on display.

The Cottage Workshop has one unique feature that never fails to demonstrate Wade’s talents and dedication as an artist. That is the back of the door. The door is covered in a multitude of paint and it makes you realise that you are standing in the home of a true artist. Thanks to the work of our dedicated volunteers who are currently transcribing Mr Wade’s notebooks and sketchbooks we have found a poem that Wade wrote about his workshop door and we would like to share it with you.

The Workshop Door

MY.WORKSHOP.DOOR.
Flight of stone steps from the flagged floor
Leads up to the Workshop’s arched door.
An old, old door of bleached oak wood
There many long year must have stood,
Upon its rough outstanding grain
Shows many a paint’s coloured stain,
Where the cleaned brushes through the year.
Each colour there Memento bears
Of some work in the past I’ve done,
Many a different king of one,
Record of many happy days,
Now that Vermilion there ablaze
Used on a Spanish Vargueno
Where flaws and blemishes might show,
A Cabinet all gleaming gold
Of gorgeous artistry of old.
The record of countless repairs
On boards of that old door appears.
Pale ivory of old clock’s face
There shade of a child’s chaise I trace.
All the tinctures of Heraldry
Of shields I blazoned, there I see,
Colours of Model wagons too
That yellow. Vermilion and blue.
For me, far more than just a door
‘Tis page in treasured memory’s store,
Paint palette that to me reveals
What from all others it conceals.

More from the frozen inventory checking team next week including the discovery of Mr Wade’s dish mop!

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6 thoughts on “The Workshop Door

  1. Vicki – you’ve done it again! Allowed us a source of further fascination into the world of Snowshill Manor. Lovely poetry – as usual from CPW. Can we use his dish mop in the volunteers room please!?

    • Thank you Mike! We are really enjoying the benefits of the transcribing project it gives a true insight to what he was thinking! Once you see pictures of the dish mop I doubt anyone will want to use it! It is a good example of the two different collections we have: Mr Wade’s handcrafted collection and then his own personal items which tell us a great deal about how he actually lived

  2. Yet again a super insight into Snowshill that is not normally seen. Cant wait to read about the dish mop!!!

  3. It’s so fantastic to see that view behind the door, really brings Wade back to life seeing all those paint spatters. Thank you so much for maintaining to put out such wonderful posts! If you’re up for taking blog requests, a feature on the Garrett would be amazing!

    • Thank you Mark. The door is one of our favourite features. We have lots of posts waiting to be published and our volunteers have contributed to a number of ideas so keep following the blog and see what we have in store.

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