Good news faithful reader! I have been able to get back in the shed and do a small amount of turning. Nothing spectacularly large of course, but enough to put the damaged muscles to the test. One day in the shed usually requires 2-3 days of rest, so far. I intend to keep building this up.
My offerings to date have been a niddy noddy, and a holder for a fire steel.
The fire steel holder was not a great success unfortunately. Although the piece of beech I used came from well seasoned stock, and had been in the same environment for over 2 years, once the finished piece was moved indoors the wood shifted making it near impossible to open the case exposing the fire steel rod.
The niddy noddy has been far better, made from a piece of sycamore blown down in the infamous Hurricane Bawbag. The timber I harvested and dried myself has been indoors for several weeks now and has shown no sign of movement.
I have also started a top secret project which involves a fair amount of copy turning. Not my best area, but this project will give me plenty of practice. I have procured a substantial amount of elm for this project. The elm is from a sustainable source and is from a local managed woodland so no carbon miles either.
As time goes on I may post photos of the various parts, but for the time being I am keeping the entire project under wraps.