This is Kelly. And the chair that he sculpted for my father in law from the root of a 30-year old palm tree, imported from Myanmar.
More on him in a moment.
The other day, Helen Szamuely, one half of the EU Referendum team, drew attention in this article to one person's ecological house.
"It has 25,000 gallons of rainwater storage, gray water collection from sinks and showers for irrigation, passive solar, geothermal heating and cooling. “By marketplace standards, the house is startlingly small,” says David Heymann, the architect of the 4,000-square-foot home. “Clients of similar ilk are building 16-to-20,000-square-foot houses.” Furthermore for thermal mass the walls are clad in "discards of a local stone called Leuders limestone, which is quarried in the area. The 12-to-18-inch-thick stone has a mix of colors on the top and bottom, with a cream- colored center that most people want. “They cut the top and bottom of it off because nobody really wants it,” Heymann says. “So we bought all this throwaway stone. It’s fabulous. It’s got great color and it is relatively inexpensive.”
Whose house is it? Not Al Gore's. No sirree.
George W. Bush's. The house in question is his Crawford Winter White House.
Back to Kelly. Kelly has been building his own eco house. It will shortly be featuring on the Channel 4 show, Grand Designs. At Christmas, I was privleged to take a look around. I won't show you the insides - that's embargoed until the show airs, but here's a sneak preview from the outside.
It's octagonal. The central column consists of an eight hundred-year oak, possibly planted by a member of the Royal family in the middle ages.
The insulation is straw, with lime rendering as the cement. It has several large water tanks inside which will collect rainwater for washing.
Electricity will be generated from solar panels and a wind turbine. David Cameron, eat your heart out.
It is absolutely stunning. The work of a creative mastermind. Make sure you watch the show.
"Once back here I got to thinking - 'how do I get out of this?' Perhaps the really haunting spectre is that I would have to turn my back on the lake, and the prospect of the sword." Alan Clark, Diaries - 19th May 1999