I have neglected this platform for a while. Mainly due to the horrible “new” editor interface, and Wordmess adopting the same development strategy as Facebook, where adding bells and whistles is more important than customer satisfaction.
I have a free subscription, and given how customers are treated would never part with a ha’penny for the platform.
I have been busy turning and have been thinking long and hard about how to develop my hobby further. We are hoping to move house later in the year, so after I have everything set up the way I want it, I think I will be re-thinking my development strategy.
Watch this space. (I might even post some turning related stuff.)
I was inspired by a blogger I follow to revisit a candlestick telephone project I did when I first started turning.
The original was a reasonable attempt for a new turner.
Not bad, in my opinion, considering I had been turning at this point for around 5 months.
The second attempt started well enough, using scraps of timber I had sitting around. Laburnum for the microphone and ear trumpet, and elm for the rest.
I feel the stem should have been thicker, but I just had to work with what stock I had.
The components laid out. Well, most of them anyway.
All assembled, waiting for a skoot of clear lacquer.
After the first coat of lacquer.
The finished article. You didn’t expect that then, did you? I just had this idea, and we needed a new lamp for under the stairs.
This is it completely done now, with the flex anchored in the base.
This is the first post in ages. WordPress has become so cumbersome to use, I’m not sure whether I will continue with the whole blog thing.
Now it seems the old style stats page has gone. I can no longer quickly see who has been visiting my blog. When I open the stats page the fan on the laptop cranks up, and my system resources are gobbled up by whichever Flash process the stats page uses. It is so badly written too, that the only way I can regain control of my laptop is to close the browser and kill the Flash player plug-in.
Total, utter crap
Posted in Woodturning
Tagged bowl, hawthorn, Hawthorn bowl, Lathe, Mystery Timber, Platter, Tealight Holder, Walnut, Walnut Platter, Wood, Woodturning
Looks like WordPress have done it again. More changes, with no perceptible gain. There is clearly no point bringing it up with WordPress, as it is apparent from this topic that they take no notice of what customers think.
Yet another style over substance change. The editor took a full 45 seconds to load, just to post this. Anyone in a busy environment simply has enough to be doing to be waiting for sub-standard code to load. The visible stats indicator has disappeared from the menu bar. The indicator was a useful widget to allow folk to see in real-time how a blog is performing. Now, because the new stats page is so bad, I have to load the old style stats page just to see whether I have had any visitors.
Bad show WordPress. You’re really not getting this whole customer focus malarkey.
After four weeks of not getting out to play, I managed some turning yesterday. I had to take some time out to help a young couple sort out the electrics in their first home. I have no idea how the place didn’t catch fire. Every time I looked at something the level of horror was ramped up a notch or two.
After putting all my tools back where they belong and tidying the shed, I got a piece of old scaffold board mounted up and turned my first Christmas ornament of the year.
OK the painting is a bit shady, I’m too impatient. It’s a great shame that it covers the turning. One of the woodturning masters says if you can get a good finish on pine off the tools you can turn pretty much anything.
Sid was sanded with 320 grit and 400 grit only.
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Tagged chuck, Crotch Bowl, hawthorn, Hawthorn bowl, laburnum, Laburnum Finial, Lathe, Seasoned Timber, Sycamore, Thistle Finial, turned box, Turning, Turning Tools, Wood, Wood Lathe, wooden bowl, Woodturning