Foreword by George Ferguson 0
Chapter 1: Ancestry 1
Chapter 2: Schooling and Education 23
Chapter 3: Joining the Hippy Movement 45
Chapter 4: My Career in Hippy Politics 57
Chapter 5: India 83
Chapter 6: Buying Hashish in Afghanistan 103
Chapter 7: Family Life and Ornamental Plasterwork 121
Chapter 8: Biking down the Great Rift Valley 147
Chapter 9: Specialising in Scagliola 173
Chapter 10: Biking to the Burning Man Festival 195
Chapter 11: Creating Beaver Palace Studios 227
"Confessions of an Ornamental Plasterer" is an auto-biography that encapsulates the wanderlust of the 60's and the mischief of the young in its open, and evolves into a story about creativity, hard work and risk taking. In the first chapter David talks about his family line, drawing parallels to those relatives and ancestors that he identifies with, and distances between those he does not. He has many famous characters in his family tree, although likes to think they do not define him or his legacy.
The next chapters are about schooling, the life of an activist, being a pot smoking hippy, and the challenges of growing up in a controlling and backwards world, where war and separation are expected realities.
After this, the book is much about travel and his journey to see the world while still raising a family. He talks about his first marriage, his children and his relationship with them, based on teaching them the important things to him, and instilling a sense of wonder and creativity into their lives through travel and work.
Finally, the book ends with the travels and ventures of his later years, creating a homestead with Angelique on a beautiful property in upstate New York.
Along the way, he has many exciting exploits and adventures including things like smuggling hash from Afghanistan to India, almost getting his hotel room ransacked by local police, creating beautiful works of art in the most unlikely of places and learning to build a working company from the ground up in a changing England in the throws of sociopolitical conflict. There are so many stories not even mentioned on this site, all of them exciting, and all of the characters interesting. Your just going to have to read it to see this painting of a very specific place and time, through the lens of a very unique and driven individual.
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