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Archive for April, 2009

Here’s a new candlestick I’ve just knocked up. . . Rather old fashioned / Victorian in looks, it’s maybe the sort of thing that The Steampunk Home might favour?

Victorian-style candlestick

Victorian-style candlestick

Made from the shaft from an old lamp-stand, a circular bit of wooden off-cut for the base, a worn out cutting disk and length of blunt drill bit for the top finial, it’s come together quite nicely. I stained and varnished it for that extra bit of shine – now I just have to find room for it in the already over-burdened drawing room of the flat!

Apologies but I forgot to put something alongside the photo for scale – the piece is about 80cm high x 16cm diameter at the base.

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I saw this snippet in The Times Magazine supplement the other day (a friend gets it, not me honest!) about the fantastic designer Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove's notebooks

Ross Lovegrove's notebooks

Despite him being a truly wonderful designer and the piece being a very interesting and informative article, the bit that did make me doubt my own sanity was the paragraph in which he describes the special notebooks he uses to jot down his notes and diary entries:

‘When I finish one, I have to go to Venice to buy another’,

. . .he said of these brown leather covered notebooks, each with a leaf motif embossed on the front.

I currently use a Kraft notebook from Paperchase (it’s made of brown paper and board and I thought might give me a sort of quiet sophistication!) and I balked at even spending the £3.00 odd that it cost me – I had shopping guilt for ages at not simply using a 49p one from Wilkinson… But then I guess that marks the difference between me (unknown and poor) and Ross (internationally known and clearly rich enough to go all the way to Venice simply to purchase some stationery!)

Hey ho. . .

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Navaro on-stage photo

Here’s a shot of a gig Navaro did on the Bank Holiday Monday just gone.

Navaro, on stage

Navaro, on stage

Nothing much to say (although it was  unexpectedly good gig!) – I just really liked the composition of the shot. The stage / lighting makes us look like we’re on MTV!?

(Thanks to SR for the photo. . .)

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In my life-long quest for interesting things that make musical noises, I’ve been getting a bit obsessed with strange items of home-made percussion recently. I’ve no idea why this has happened, as I’m a dyed-in-the-wool string player – still it’s always good to appreciate new things in life, I guess!

Anyway, the following is made from a set of core drillbits I’ve had for ages and realise, much to to my chagrin, have never used! What I have know about them for a while, however, is that they make an amazing chiming noise when you hit them with something – hence my idea of making them into some sort of percussion (rather  than leaving them to rust away in my drill-bit box in the shed).

I cleaned them up a bit, gave them a coat of spray varnish, and screwed them onto an old piece of oak. Simple! Hit them with a drum stick or metal bar and they make a really nice series of ‘chimes’, increasing in pitch as they decrease in size.

Peculiar Percussion Number 2

Peculiar Percussion Number 2

I guess they should be the first in my range of ‘Peculiar Percussion’, but I’m thinking my washboard project probably deserves the Number 1 slot.

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Happyland – it wasn’t!

I was there on a recent rip away and felt no discernible improvement in my mood whatsoever!

Happy-land?

Happy-land?

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I made this the other week (in return for a fabulous roast Sunday lunch!) for a friends’ collection of fire wood / logs:

Woodstore 1

Woodstore 1

All the wood used for The Store was found in skips/recycled – I even tried using recycled nails for the project. And all made in one afternoon, with the help of regular breaks for cups of tea, nibbles and the occasional phone call.

I think it probably needs sides to further protect the wood from the rainy English weather, but they can be added whenever I find the necessary wood.

Here’s a before and after shot, which also shows some of the constituent parts – hopefully the finished item is an improvement!

Before...

Before...

Once I’d finished, I found I was left with a whole load of left-over wooden battens, so I made the following item to help my friend safely chop her logs (using a surprisingly effective electric chainsaw) before going in to The Store. I’m not sure what these things are called (trugs, horses?) but here’s a photo:

Wooden Horse

Wooden Horse

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