Author Archives: Tom Speirs

Waste not, want not

I dislike waste. Having been in a position where I had no spare money to spend on hobbies, and have struggled to put food on the table, I know the value of things. I only throw things away when I … Continue reading

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Happy Corona Easter!

I have been working from home since mid-March. My employer very generously extended the Easter weekend by an extra 2 days, so the garden has been getting a tidy. Out walking with the dog, I found a discarded shotgun cartridge. … Continue reading

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First Turning 2020

I really needed to tidy my shed. It has been used mainly for cutting timber (and mdf) for the house, so rubbish has accumulated on the floor, and I didn’t tidy it away. The garden incinerator has been busy, mainly … Continue reading

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Finally! A fireplace.

This renovation malarkey is taking time. Between working full time and living in it, it’s not easy to get a run at stuff. We now have the front room finished though, finally. Most important, the stove looks great. I need … Continue reading

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Putting the Tools to Work

Not turning related, but I made good use of all the new tools today. We recently had a log stove installed, and need a mantle for above it. We visited Scottish Wood today, and brought home a lovely piece of … Continue reading

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Back in the saddle

The past couple of weeks have been quite exciting for me. I have some new and new to me power tools, some new to me turning chisels, and got some turning done at the weekend. I now have a decent … Continue reading

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The end of an era

I spent yesterday collecting the last of my stuff from the steel container I had as my workshop before we moved home. It was a bittersweet moment really. I had some really good times turning in there, but on the … Continue reading

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Almost There

The kitchen reno has taken a lot longer than it would have taken 20 years ago. Anyone would think I’m getting old. lol I’m reasonably happy with progress though. Just some painting, boxing in to manufacture, caulking round the edges, … Continue reading

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Progress

We now have a ceiling in the kitchen! Go me! You know you’re starting to age when you struggle to hold a sheet of plasterboard above your head and screw it in place. I managed the first sheet on my … Continue reading

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No turning lately

Too busy trying to get the house in order. I’ve made a start on the kitchen upgrade. It’s not easy when you only have weekends. I lifted some floorboards yesterday to find a route back to the mains for the … Continue reading

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