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Hand planes #12: A light repair

As seen in my last instalment in this series I found some writing on the bottom of a plane handle. I repaired that handle and sanded and dyed it again and gave it several coats is new shellac. I also cleaned the rest of the body of the plane and...

Pipe and Book 3

Clockwise from top left: Søren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche. Existentialism (/ˌɛɡzɪˈstɛnʃəlɪzəm/) is a tradition of philosophical inquiry associated mainly with certain 19th and 20th-century European...

Hand planes #11: A little bit of family history.

My Mother came to see me at my shop yesterday as she wanted a new prop for her washing line. I pulled a piece of deal out the rack and 4.5 plane out of the cupboard smoothed all four faces and knocked the arris off. The plane I pulled out was a...

Timber frame barn conversion #3: The barn an update

So the repair work on the barn was moving along nicely and apart from the ridge and one purlin the repair work is done and awaiting the new sections of the frame going in. When we seperate our building from the neighbours it became apparent...

Project builds #69: Charred larch Cladding

So with work on the barn having ground to a very painful holt both in terms of what can be done and financially I’ve turned my attention to other things, the four panel doors I posted in creations the other day and a cladding job have all been...

Balance

Upstream French creek Photographing Photographer pose relax Downstream fleeing Moose bridge ahead Do you see the bridge? , it’s right there . Not much to see……let’s go underneath . someone has put some...

Garden Gates #2: Gate finished

Except for painting the raw steel. The straps are set on a dado flush with the surface and the screws are countersunk. The screws are not stainless. I hope they survive. They should do ok painted with oil enamel paint. The hinges are on with...

Gate assembled

I finally got the upper panel pieces made and the gate assembled. My m&t fitting is a little sloppy. I haven’t picked the door up yet to see how stiff it is. I was thinking about adding some steel strapping for looks and a touch more support....

Garden Gates #1: Getting started

I took a break from work sleep fish work sleep fish to start building new garden gates for my house. I was only planning to replace the ratty PVC gate that came with the property but my wife wants a gate on each side of the house. Each gate will...

Pipe and Book 2

The Bear (1916) A novel by James Oliver Curwood . Thor, a mighty grizzly, and Muskwa, a motherless bear cub, become companions in the Canadian wilderness, going from one adventure to another—all while two trappers are on their trail. About...