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Bishop’s Castle

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

On the eve of what would become my second walk in Shropshire, I returned to my camp site with a need to purchase lunch for the next day.

During my trip to Harry Tuffins near Churchstoke the day before, I walked the many aisles without finding a single sandwich. While I did buy some other things, I must admit, I do like my bread.

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Yin and Yang Bandsaw Boxes (Part 1)

It’s been a fortnight since I uploaded this first video to YouTube and I had hoped that the second instalment would be ready to upload this evening… Well, it hasn’t quite worked out that way – and it has taken me this long to get around to writing about it!

Here it is, for those of you who haven’t already seen it across my social media sites.

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Brean to Burnham

Saturday 3rd October 2015

It’s been a while since we completed this walk – our most recent addition to our route following the (unofficial) Somerset Coast Path – and I forget the exact date, having visited the same stretch of beach twice within as many weekends.

I believe it was a Saturday, although our visit a week later was definitely on a Sunday… I know for a fact that we began the walk in Brean and would only walk as far as Burnham-on-Sea, completing our shortest single stint of the coast path walk to date.

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Dorset Coastal Walk – Winspit to Old Harry Rocks (Part 1)

Saturday 18th July 2015

It’s now been more than a week since my most recent trip down to Dorset. As the weather has changed quite significantly, I thought it might be a good time to begin retracing my most latest steps along the South West Coast Path.

In this, Part 1; I follow the SWCP from Winspit east to Durlston Head, which is close to the halfway mark on my walk.

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Arlington Court (Part 1)

Sunday 21st June 2015

This goes back my last day down in Exmoor, when I decided I would make good use of my newly-acquired National Trust membership. By now, I’d already packed up, loaded the boot of my car and was setting off in a westerly direction towards Barnstaple; leaving Somerset for North Devon.

I arrived at Arlington Court about five-minutes after they’d opened. The free car park had tonnes of space and despite crossing counties, it was only a thirty-minute drive from my campsite in Exford.

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The Dalí Clock

I must’ve received this clock (as a gift) somewhere between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, when I was very much in to the Surrealist art movement, using it as the focus for much of my A-Level Art work.

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To say I appreciate this clock is an understatement. I’ve never (knowingly) met anyone else who owns one and the majority of visitors will comment on it. But it stopped running correctly a few years and, in spite of several battery exchanges, I couldn’t get it back to its best… Until now!

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Tee-Halving Joint

At work today, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I haven’t done a video for over one month now; how much I want to make the most of what time I have left in my workshop; how I need to crack on and finish the mobile base I started for my table saw, weeks ago… All whilst banging nail after nail in to small sheets of wavy birch plywood!

So, I was home by 17.00 and, after briefly stopping in the bathroom, I grabbed my camera and headed straight out to the workshop! Evenings have been almost mild this week (even though forecasters are now forewarning the threat of snow to follow this weekend – just when we were opening our arms to welcome the spring!). In two hours, I managed to get the following filmed and also, I made some good progress on the mobile base, which I’ll share with you another time.

This is something that I originally intended to film and publish about a month ago during Get Woodworking Week… I also have a ‘Valentine’s Gift’ idea that I’d like to film at some point but, it looks like I’m going to sail straight past Mother’s Day with that one as well! This video’s all about cutting a tee-halving joint, which is a traditional form of lap-joint, between two pieces at 90°.

I hope you enjoy the video. I’m incredibly nervous and fast-talking infront of the camera but I welcome all and any comments people may have. It takes a good hour for me to upload a video of this length and I do now try to keep them brief… That also means compromising a little on the finished quality but then, I’m only using Windows Movie Maker, which is a free program.

If I was to use something paid-for (like Camtasia), would I able to experience faster upload speeds?

Ideally, I’d like to have one short video to upload once each week. In fact, from the video I’m sharing with you this evening, I could easily have cut a section from the end and published that under its own heading.

Thanks both for reading and for watching!

New Direction?

Following on from yesterday’s post [I know, two posts in consecutive days!!], I’d like to try and think about where this blog will go next, once I’ve walked away from my workshop.

 

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