As we approach the final stages of the 'Saving Dora House' restoration, Clare Burnett PPRSS, who served as President of the Royal Society of Sculptors until May, continues her journey marshalling the various phases of the project. This month, we join Clare to look at the work carried out at North Kent Joinery at Chatham Historic Dockyard where a replica of the Dora House door is being made.
Our new learning resource is inspired by joinery and architecture and it shows you how to create open-ended geometric forms by attaching lollypop sticks together in the form of triangles and pyramids.
A Visit to the Joinery
A replica of the original Dora House door is being made at North Kent Joinery who have been at their current site on Chatham Historic Dockyard for more than 30 years. They were the first commercial company to move to the dockyard after it was decommissioned in the 1980s.
The Chatham Historic Dockyard was set up by Marc Isambard Brunel (1769 – 1849) and North Kent Joinery are in the building where he built the first automated sawmill in the world. In the video Matt Lee, the director, shows Clare Burnett PPRSS the original saw frames where the blades would have been used to cut through logs of wood, powered by steam from the nearby laundry room that serviced the entire dockyard back in the day.
Hands-on Art Activity: Modular Frameworks
Build inventive wooden structures and play with architectural form, geometry and modular design using lollypop sticks and glue.
This resource shows you how to create open-ended geometric forms by attaching lollypop sticks together in the form of triangles and pyramids. By attaching these modular units together, your structure can grow and transform in an organic and playful way.