Craven Walker

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About Craven Walker:
Edward Craven Walker (July 4, 1918 – August 15, 2000).

Craven was as a pilot in World War II, flying a DeHavilland
Mosquito over Germany to take photographs from an unarmed
plane. After the war Craven developed an idea he had in a
country pub. The pub had a contraption made by a regular
who had since departed, a one-off device consisting of an
egg-timer and a lightbulb. While it was rudimentary, Craven
saw potential and set about perfecting it. He set up a lab
in a small shed where he mixed ingredients in bottles of
different shapes and sizes. He discovered the best
container was a Tree Top Orange Squash bottle and its shape
defined the Astro Lamp.

Craven set up a company to produce the lamps, naming it
Crestworth. Operating from small buildings on an industrial
estate in Poole, Dorset, Crestworth supplied the world with
lamps for 40 years. They were a success through the 1960s,
symbolic of psychedelia. Craven said, "If you buy my lamp,
you won't need drugs... I think it will always be popular.
It is like the cycle of life. It grows, breaks up, falls
down and then starts all over again".

Walker was a naturist, setting up his own camp at Matchams
in Hampshire.
Craven combined film with naturism. Under the pseudonym
Michael Keatering, Craven directed the naturist film
Travelling Light (1959). This was the first naturist film
to receive public release in the UK. Described as an
underwater ballet, it was shot off Corsica and released in
1960. He later produced Sunswept (1961) and Eves on Skis
(1963). Toward the end of the 1990s, Craven battled with
cancer. He died at Matchams in Ringwood, Hampshire and is
buried in a small cemetery in the New Forest. He was 82.

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from Goldfish Love, released June 4, 2010
The album was engineered in Cork by Finny Corcoran at BPM Studios.


Mastering was done by world reknowned Masterer Bob Katz of Digital Domain in Florida.


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