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Birthdays #2: Birthdays

Could be somebody we all know is having a birthday tomorrow 7 Apr 2018 James Bonds Car is the clue ! …(again) … I couldnt think of a another one just now.

Pipe and Book 1 ( continued )

I have my drill stand centered over my jig , which is just a square box , with about a 1/16 " play . this did not work either for adequate holding or accuracy , so I returned to using the drill press . So I wrapped the rubber strip...

Pipe and Book 1 ( continued )

I started by taking a 1 3/8 maple dowel to the router table to make the mouth piece for the pipe . I set up a stop and a feather board and angled them away from the fence at the bottom . Using a 1/2 inch straight bit , I’ll reduce it’s...

Pipe and Book 1

Shortened to Alice in Wonderland, is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar,...

Timber frame barn conversion #2: Another day some more done.

We are slowly getting through the mountain of repairs required on this timber frame. A lot of previous repairs have been done with some sort of soft wood possibly a spruce or Scots pine and it’s not stood up all that well. Theres some pieces...

Timber frame barn conversion #1: Getting a start in

So as I stated in my first blog on this job we have been called in mid term to rectify mistakes made. These mistakes really are too many to list and are quite frankly school boy errors and all are unavoidable with basic building knowledge, common...

Project builds #68: Sometimes I really should keep my mouth shut.

Good evening from a very wet but sunny Blighty. As you know by now from previous blogs I’m very much into old school crafts, from hedgelaying to blacksmithing I have dabbled in them all with various levels of success. One of these crafts that I...

Project #9: Pyrography Key Fob

Around mother’s day I finally got some time to myself and decided to get the pyrography kit out. My kit is just a bog standard pen with multiple tips from eBay so nothing special there. I had decided at the time that it was a good way to learn...

Hedgelaying #1: A bit further along.

So as you know from my first blog on hedgelaying I once earned 30-60% of my annual income from hedgelaying work. I’m currently laying 350m of hedge at home, I will sadly not get it done before the end of March cut off for cutting on the grant...

Rants from the chaos woodshop #4: Introducing a new craft.

As many of you know I earn my living from working wood in one form or another. Since 1998 though (when I was at agricultural college) I have also laid hedges. Hedgelaying is a mainly U.K. craft by which the hedgerow bush is cut part way through...