Summer Holiday

I had a week off work last week, ostensibly to finish shipping my workbenches and cabinets through to the new shed.
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Really though, when it’s this warm who wants to do any work?
Our garden is a proper sun-trap, and this may never be repeated.

Turning

I did manage to do a very small amount of turning. This little beech box was rough turned in 2013 following a guide by Phil Irons. I wish now I had photographed the blank before I turned it.
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The grain lines up pretty well.
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Inside is a bit rough with tool marks still, but it was just a proof of concept so I’m happy enough.
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I just love beech. It has to be one of my favourite timbers to work.

I really need to get my benches and cabinets in the shed and finish the framing etc. but I have plenty of time.

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Turning Once More

I can hardly contain my excitement. I actually got the lathe fired up today and turned something for the first time in almost a year.
It’s really hard to put into words how good it feels to be turning again.
So good in fact, it was Fanta-stick
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Much More Constructive

Or perhaps more destructive?
We managed to spend a few hours on Saturday taking the old cabin apart and moving a large amount of the contents. All in 28°C heat.
Probably 2 more trips by car, then a single van-load of the cabinets and workbench should do it.

My Nemesis

I had to evict a queen wasp from new shed on Saturday. Little blighter was building a byke on my roof. I really hate these be-winged devils, and kill them as soon as they come indoors.
DSCN0956You have to admire their industry, and the sheer beauty of what they build, but my distaste for them over-powers everything else.
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It really is a work of art. Pyrethrin saw off the queen, so that’s one colony of evil less this Summer. I can’t say I’m sorry – they kill bees.

Two Summers ago I had to abandon the cabin after killing around 60 of the nasty little critters. I ran out of spray. I reckon there must’ve been a byke somewhere near for there to be so many.

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Lucky White Heather

So this weekend was a disaster, hobby wise. I had planned to spend Saturday dismantling the inside of the container and ferrying stuff over to the aircraft hangar. Weather forecast was good, power tool batteries fully charged.
Friday I was moving 2 computers at work, and tripped over a monitor someone had left in the middle of the floor. Hurt my knee, and landed on my newly healed elbow I injured in a fall 3 weeks ago.
Knee has swollen quite a bit and is difficult to bend. I was barely able to drive home after work.
It’s like life doesn’t want me to assemble my new workshop and be able to start turning again.

Never mind. Next weekend should be better. Surely nothing else can go wrong?

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Looking to the future

It is now over a year since I last posted anything on here, and almost a year since I turned anything. In the last 10 months I have been involved in redecoration and re-modelling of our home, then placing it on the market, house hunting, moving, bulding a new workshop, and making the new place more comfortable to live in.
There are a finite number of hours in a day, and days in a week. There is also a finite number of beer tokens available, to spend on houses and sheds.
I had to replace the brakes on my old car too, so I could continue driving to work.

It’s all exciting though, and it has been a reasonably positive experience. In the first few weeks we were competely snowed in – a brand new experience for me.
Our old place sold, then the sale fell through, then sold again – all in the space of seven weeks. The selling agents were absolutely amazing, and made the experience really easy. There was an issue with an incompetent solicitor, but this is not the place to address that.
The new house previously belonged to an old person, so everything is dated.
Having started on renovations, it makes me angry how some trades people can leave such shoddy work behind, knowing the elderly will not be able to check their work later. Everything in the house has been good quality materials, but so badly installed it just ruins the job.

Going forward, the shell of the workshop is up, and I have temporary power installed. I still need to frame out the inside, and get the wiring in before I can do any serious work in there. I have the rest of my life though, so it feels less urgent.

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It’s just a small shed.

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My Son refers to is as “the aircraft hangar”

It’s only 20′ x 10′ lol
Once the framing has been done, I can start installing cabinets and benches, then I will be able to start creating things again. My target is to be turning by the first anniversary of my last turning, which is 8 weeks away.
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Oak quaich turned from laminated stair parts, and a new £1 coin embedded in resin.

I will probably have to re-learn the various skills I have learned since 2011. Can’t wait to see how much I have forgotten.

 

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I’m Still Turning

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.)

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Candlestick Phone Revisited

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.
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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.
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The components laid out. Well, most of them anyway.
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All assembled, waiting for a skoot of clear lacquer.
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After the first coat of lacquer.
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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.
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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.

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