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Thank you - Michael Rayner

Introducing 'Stump Island'.

By m1ker, Mar 4 2018 09:13PM

Anyone who has had a rummage through the peripheral areas of this web site will have found the 'Nellie Chronicles'. The pictures therein were taken in our local woods and my original intention was to continue to take models to locations there and over time photograph them in some quite exquisite natural locations.

Oscar Wilde famously said that 'the road to Hades is paved with good intentions' and in this case he was spot on. The problem was finding the time or things were dry and the mosses were lifeless or something else but we continue to vist the woods because we have three dogs that need a walk.

A few years, yes years ago I spotted amongst the trees a very rotten tree stump, which I thought I might liberate and plant somewhere up the garden, allow to grow in and use as a home grown photo shoot location. I got it home but it went in the shed and nothing else happend, after a while it occurred to me that as the stump had pretty well dried out, if I stabilised it I could use it for a working diorama. The appearance of a circular table outside the charity shop at the end of our lane clinched it and 'Stump Island' was born.

Due to the demands on my time work has been slow on it but I have now made sufficient progress to go public with two waggons built for the line now on sale and more to come.

The idea is simple - it is an island in the middle of a marsh somewhere where gem stones are mined and somehow conected by a railway line to somewhere else.

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