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Here’s what I did with the first clean casting of my metal logo (described in this post here >>).

I found this lovely wooden ‘box’ in charity shop, which seems the ideal shape and size for me to have on my desk to hold my mobile phone (which, despite being always with me, I seem to lose at every turn!):

Phone Holder

Phone Holder

It’s got that Victorian look which I love, and I think the addition of the slightly tarnished lead logo adds a touch of class and steampunk interest. . .

Here it is in place on the desk:

In situ

In situ

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Spuds II

Finally! Some results. . .

My first spuds!

My first spuds!

Following on from a post re my second attempt to grow things in my garden, unfortunately some strange blight seems to have attacked this years’ spud growing attempt – a few seem unaffected thankfully and so here is my first crop of the year!

I had them tonight with some steak, a bit of salad and a bottle of beer and they tasted pretty damn good! Phew! Uninspiring, yet strangely satisfying all at the same time!!

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Here are a couple of mini ‘found object’ (objet trouvé) sculptures I knocked up the other day…

Mini 'found object' sculptures

Mini 'found object' sculptures

The one on the left is composed of things I found during a short walk along a bit of Torquay beach recently.

The one on the right is made entirely from bits and pieces I found in the office car park whilst having a cup of tea in the sun the other day during my lunchbreak!

I realise I forgot to include my trusty mobile phone for scale in the first photo, so below is another shot to show you just how small they are!

Mini sculptures for scale

Mini sculptures for scale

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I’ve just completed a new website for the fantastic pianist and teacher Nadine André:

Nadine André website

Nadine André website

A world-renowned performer in her field, Nadine’s new site is hopefully a good ‘window into her world’ and one that (like all good sites) will grow and develop over time.

I didn’t actually design this site, but was tasked with taking a pre-conceived ‘on-paper’ design  and making it work online! Hopefully Nadine feels I’ve done a good job for her…?

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Ever since starting to use lots of copper pipe to make things, I have found myself subconsciously checking out strange examples of plumbing that I come across in everyday life! I really must start getting out more, I think!?

Here are three of my favourite examples so far. . .

The first I saw whilst waiting on Newton Abbot station (for what felt like three years!) for a train, recently. The tap on the station has clearly been ‘bodged’ at some point, and a 2p coin was seemingly just the right size to solder in place. . . (I suspect this is treasonous in some way!?)

Tap bodge

Tap bodge

The second is from a gig I did at the very beautiful Hedsor House. Whilst killing time between sets, I took a wander in the attractively sculpted garden, and came across the following. It’s just a lead down-pipe, but I love the way there was an attractive brass access tap arrangement for cleaning, unblocking etc?:

Hegsor House down pipe

Hedsor House down pipe

Finally, here is a wonderful tap in the stable / art block complex at the Childwickbury home of the Kubrick family – amazing that such a lovely thing is used just for dog water!? It stylistically reminds me of parts from the wonderful steampunk washing construction of The Mad Uncle

Dog water tap!

Dog water tap!

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Here’s a small Direct Mail job I’ve just completed for one of my musical clients.

Chris Flegg, a jazz and folk guitarist/singer has just had a very nice new website designed by the excellent Katalysis. To promote this, and to get some more gigs in this currently very tough climate, Chris and myself have designed, produced and mailed out a few thousand of the following flyer:

ChrisFlegg marketing flyer

ChrisFlegg marketing flyer

I am pleased to say that return stats have been very positive (well within the normal expected DM return rates), and the activity has already led to some gigs in hitherto unknown venues. . .

We are hoping for even more return in the weeks to come , as the world slowly comes out of the recent awful slow-down.

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Two years ago this month (amazing – I can’t believe how quickly time has flown!) I posted some downloadable PDFs of various instrument neck diagrams.

These seemed to go down really well (looking at my blog stats it was one of my most visited post, in fact ). . .

So, to mark this anniversary, here are some more downloadable sheets – this time some blank music staves, with guitar tab lines added underneath…

Guitar Tab sheets

Guitar Tab sheets

To complete the trinity, I’ve included a mandolin and bass version too… simply click the links below to download them:

Guitar Tab sheets >>

Bass Tab sheets >>

Mandolin Tab sheets >>

I’ve used these for all sorts of things over the years – again I hope they are of use?

In addition, I even thought I’d add a new Category to the old blog for ‘Free Resources’ – I realise I’ve got a whole load of things lying around in the archives that might be useful for people – stay tuned for more updates/content…

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