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A couple of people have recently pointed out to me that I’ve not apparently been very active in the kitchen of late. This is somewhat true, although I have managed to refrain from the perils of starvation. Two of my friends came to my aid on my birthday with gifts to help inspire me back in to trying new things in the world of the culinary.

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These people know me so well… Bread and pasta are two of my favourite meals! But that’s not to say that cook books are the only form of literature I’ve been reading this year…

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Bandsawn Bowl

This video was released (released?) last weekend and I do have a new one planned for the next couple of days (if I can fit it in, with the 20-mile walk on Sunday and all). I seem to be saying this quite frequently but it’s had possibly the best reception for any video of mine so far, when you look at the limited time at which it’s been available.

Woodturning without a lathe, while working along the basic lines of the construction of a bandsaw box… The kind of challenges I relish, as a bandsaw man!

I am also a ‘stats man’ and, within the first 24 hours, it received almost 200 views (big for me) and almost 20 clicks on the Like button, which again is a huge one for me personally! At the time of writing, it has received twice as many views and an extra dozen Likes so, I’d like to again say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has already participated in watching, liking, subscribing and sharing.

Hours before I uploaded that video, I passed the 800 mark for the number of subscribers to my video and so, another THANK YOU is in order for you all. πŸ™‚

This video was inspired by another that I watched maybe a year ago. The main reason I didn’t use a log myself was because I didn’t have one to-hand and, to be honest, I’m never sure of what you can take in the woods and what you can’t… Plus, there’s often the issue (while I’m out walking) of carrying something very weighty back to my vehicle (I also remember finding lumps of driftwood on a beach near Burnham, but having parked several miles away). Not to mention the stash of offcuts I hold on to!! So, this is the video that inspired my approach:

Thank you all for reading and for watching.

I’d also like to spread my gratitude to everyone who has recently started following my page on Facebook, where we’ve just crossed the 60 mark. I don’t think I had even half this many followers 6 months ago so, another big THANK YOU to you! πŸ™‚

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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Writing Challenge: ‘Map It Out’

In an effort to keep the content flowing on this blog even without the regular passing of wood, I’m going to try my hand at some of the writing challenges that the kind folks at WordPress kindly lend us for inspiration.

This one’s specifically a writing challenge and they regularly feature others on a daily basis too. They also include at least one photo challenge each week, if that fits in better with your creativity.

Today, I’m going to ‘map out’ the locations of some of the solo walks I have enjoyed in 2012. They’re all fairly local so, you might get an idea of where I live. Unfortunately, I’m currently unable to embed an image of the map on this site (anyone?) so, for the time being at least, you’ll have to click here please to be redirected to Google Maps.

In time, I also hope to be able to share some of the may photos I have taken with you (I’m a bad blogger…). I was thinking about posting a list of each place with an accompanying image but, after a first Monday back at work, I’m too tired… πŸ˜›

Thank you.

Change of Plan

Unfortunately, neither the title or subject of this post bear any relevance to my aim of ‘taking a break‘ from woodworking in 2013.

I mentioned the other day that I was also starting to work on a mobile base for my table saw (site saw). I had one idea in mind but, after more browsing of videos on YouTube I’ve come across my new favourite, before I do any more:

This one uses more wood (which I have plenty of) and less of the ply (which I don’t really have). I also like how it’s a simple foot-pedal operation, similar to the metal bases I’ve purchased in the past. One foot, one movement and one operation. No need to work with any metal (yuck) or to have to worry about activating it from each side.

I should be able to use my existing 2x2in frame. At worst, I might have to beef it up in two areas. I could add a plywood ‘pedal’ to the top of the timber and maybe cut a notch the the spring-piece, instead of a stopped groove. I’ll probably use 3in castors over 2in as they seem to roll better across uneven floors.

My weekend is otherwise vacant so, I should be able to find some time to work on this some more, as long as it’s not really cold. I was hoping do a bit of walking this weekend but, here in the south-west, there are still many ponds, lakes and rivers where there was only grass and mud before! It cannot drain away so, I don’t know where else or when it might go.

Clothes Storage

I’ve been back in my mum’s house for over a month now but, some of my old habits from living alone still remain with me. For example, my clothes storage ‘system’ leaves a lot to be desired…

‘Worn’ clothes (but, not ‘dirty’ enough to pile in to the washing machine – it must be a man thing!) tend to hang around until I feel they’re ready to be cleaned. I have a set of work clothes that I’ll wear for five-days and, each night, I like to have something comfortable that I can easily change in to without having to sort through my wardrobe and drawers. But, this clothes end up all over the place – on top of the drawers, on the back of my chair and, even though I recently bought in a canvas unit to try and help with the situation, I need something more.

In an effort to get myself in to the workshop, I’ve started brainstorming some ideas on solutions I could make…

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Ingenious.

Another brief post that stems from the recent purchase and installation of my new TV.

First, please take a look at this photo:

Tool manufacturers - please take note!!!

Now, can you please explain to me why we don’t see such an ingenious manner of thinking with our woodworking power tools or, even, with the larger machinery that we buy???

I hope that some manufacturers will begin to sit up and take note!

Thanks for reading.

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