Olly Writes

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Mounting Time?

A few days ago, I found myself wanting to record and upload a Keek that would be entered in Richard Morley’s competition (or #keekcontest). You can click here to see a complete list of the entries submitted (each one is no more than 36-seconds long) but the basic requirement was simply that we would need to ‘rout something’.

A temporary tripod-mount for my smartphone.

To suit my intentions, I needed a device to hold my smart phone while I performed an operation on the router table (working single-handedly with any machinery is never safe). I just about managed to clamp the magnetic flip-case of my smart phone to the lightweight, aluminium tripod I use with my digital camera but it’s now got me thinking about making a more permanent fixture for this set up…

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Name Change

Some of you may have already noticed that I’ve again altered the title at the top of this blog. At the time of writing this, it reads ‘OP-J’ and I may well play around with header images and more at a later date to create something more than a few characters of text.

I’ve been feeling as though naming this blog after myself has been a little bit too ‘obvious’ and, over on my Facebook page, it’s become complicated with the addition of the ‘ ‘ Blog‘ added to the end of that. It’s a mouthful and I’m looking to keep things simpler. Facebook still won’t allow me to edit my page – it just ceases to respond whenever I click those particular buttons.

I feel it would be hard to create one heading that covers everything this blog is and will be about – isn’t that what sub-headers are for? – but another idea I had was to rename this ‘Olly Writes’; to paraphrase the former title of Frank Howarth’s outstanding YouTube channel (Frank Makes). But I haven’t yet started ‘writing’ on here in the way that I intend to (creative writing and short fiction) once I take a break from woodworking this winter.

This blog is about me and my interests. Things I would like to share. I’m not currently looking to ‘brand’ myself in any way but if you have any thoughts of your own (even if you dislike the idea) then it would be great to hear from you in the comments. I’m looking to do more with photography, walking, writing and hopefully some travel but I don’t want to distance myself too far from the woodwork and DIY topics that have made this blog what it is.

Olly Works? The Rambling Writer? Wrambling? The Wood Rambler?

Perhaps I could reconsider ‘Life as Olly’, which was a short-term experiment last year on a separate URL.

Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

A Bad Turn

I’ve been Keeking a lot lately about a project I started. It was something that I initially wanted to remain as ‘secret’ until a big unveiling with a YouTube video; laminating layer after layer of American lime from my offcuts stash, as the odd follower made their guess or suggestion as to what it might be. Two people were very close and in fact, it you were to halve each of their answers (bandsaw box and a turned bowl) and to bring two of those halves together, you would’ve come to the correct conclusion of a Bandsaw Bowl.

This is why you shouldn’t operate a bandsaw at 21.30…

It was all going so well until I mounted it on a circle cutting jig last night. Now, this beech lump o’ lime looks like to find a space in one of my stocked up bags of firewood, ready for collection by someone… From somewhere.

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A Brief Note…

This is just a brief note to state my intention to tidy the main pages of this blog up a little bit. I’m well aware that I have a LOOONG list of links to other sites down the right-hand column and my first improvement will be to rehouse all of these on to a brand-new page of their own (naturally, I’m sure it will be titled ‘Links’). I could sort through and try to filter out the ones I no longer wish to share but, in all honesty, it would be a lot of work because there’s no-one listed there who is at all worthy of being ‘cut’.

[Image courtesy of warwick.ac.uk]

I also welcome any further suggestions you may have, as a reader.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend. πŸ™‚

Pencil Sharpening

While the cutting boards I’m working on are slowly nearing completion, I found a little time yesterday evening to shoot a brief video on sharpening a pencil in the workshop. It’s hopefully a little bit of fun and a little light-hearted more than anything else but it’s mostly to keep my channel ‘busy’ as I’m well aware that it’s been a couple of weeks since Part 1.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments. If you have any of your own suggestions for sharpening then please feel free to share. What would be even better are your tips for not losing pencils in the first place! πŸ˜‰

Thank you.

Walking Backwards

If I’m going to make a better effort to include some of my other interests on this blog then, I may as well start by giving you a glimpse in to some of the walks I went on and places I visited in 2012. There’s a basic ‘list’ of twelve in the slideshow below (enough to inspire someone to visit one a month) but there are several more I’ve not included here. I don’t intend to go back, digging through all my photos to write about each of these in the past tense. However, I do expect to revisit many of these sites (and more) in 2013 so, I’m sure you’ll get to read more of them in the future, if not now. πŸ™‚

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Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about these places. Most offer free parking facilities nearby; others may be run by the National Trust or a similar organisation. I’d quite like to go back and shoot some (brief) video footage of some of these places and I do wish I’d thought of that ahead of my birthday walk this past weekend.

I’d also like to send a reminder to all woodworkers near Somerset in the UK that Yandles’ annual Spring Woodworking Show takes places this weekend, on both Friday and Saturday. I’m planning to make my way down there on Friday afternoon and, if I can remember to grab my camera, I’ll take some photos of my own and perhaps also some video footage of various demonstrations (it’s usually very busy and crowded though).

Thank you. πŸ™‚

Drill Tidy

I managed to spend the previous weekend without taking a single step in to the workshop and yet, I’m still behind on updating you with the little goings-on that I have been progressing with in there. I’ve found it hard to even find the time to keep my client up-to-date with details for the chopping boards I’m planning to make soon and I’m also aware that I’m already behind with my intention of uploading one YouTube video on a weekly basis… I have plenty of short films in the pipeline so, I’m sure I can catch up before too long. πŸ˜‰

Not-so-drill tidy…

While trying to finalise the arrangement of the mobile base for my site saw/table saw, I spent a bit of time trying to tidy up the storage situation with my drill press

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Daily Prompt: ‘Teacher’s Pet’

Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

When I first read today’s daily prompt, I immediately thought of two teachers (plus a third) from school who have had a positive impact on my life and, erm, what’s another word for ‘growing’?

I therefore feel it would be unfair and, perhaps too personal (don’t read too far in to that!) to write this about just one man (I’m struggling to think of a female who’s had the same affect throughout education).

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