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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 1540 days ago 1410 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Day off and so a trip to my ‘local’ wood shop, about 60 miles (yes we still use those) away. A little surreal in the car, on the road, thinking of wood, listening to Egyptian Reggae by Johnathan Richmond (JGI, its fun).
There’s been an Escher vibe to my thoughts recently, especially during and after the Snakes cutting board. Last night I checked out some images on the net and one was now stuck in my mind. Then it hit me, my next challenge.

I will attempt the impossible!

Now what woods to buy? How much should I trash the plastic this time? Why does Sue never moan at me when I do?

Made the wood shop, Yandles of Martok ( no I don’t live in some kind of Tolkein Middle Earth) its in Somerset. Next county over. I’m nice and early. There’s no-one about. Say hello to the man then into the building where they keep the planks of my favourite fix, WOOD.

But who is this?

Wonder Woman is that Yew??!

Well it was and it wasn’t, if you see what I mean.

Bought:
American Black Walnut and Sycamore – someone, a chef friend of mine, has asked me to make him a Snakes cutting board.
Purpleheart, more Sycamore, Ebony – for ‘The Impossible’.
Padauk and three small bits of woods I’ve never seen before – felt slightly guilty about that, hope they’re not endangered species.
Some new glues. A generic high viscosity Cyanoacrylate (super glue) and a new, well to me, Jurrasic Glue with a dinosaur on the packet. The latest in a never ending glues in my lifetime thats supposed to stick ‘anything to anything. I know for a fact (been there, tried it) that some species of plastic are immune to glue. Will this be any better?

Chatted with the man, exploring differences in local dailects ( him in his Somerset and me in my Estuary English/North Devon cross) Had a splendid time. Spent too much. Well Sue does clothes, I do wood.

Now to tackle ‘The Impossible’. Hope Dr’ Who turns up in his Tardis. I’m sure he could help. In his time travels he probably met Escher, lucky bastard.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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degoose

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#1 posted 1540 days ago

I wood love to have been in on the trip…

Well I was sittin’ in front of the TV set
There were nothin’ much else to do
Then along comes this amazing co
They called him Doctor Who
It was half-past-six on the ABC
Just before the news
No ads to interrupt me
On an interspacial cruise

There was moving metal madness
A-programmed to destroy
The Doctor has them covered
To twart their every ploy
‘Exterminate, exterminate’
That evil monotone
The Doctor fights the Daleks
And I’m then all alone

Doctor Who is gonna fix it
Doctor Who will put it right
As he moves across the galaxy
At twice the speed of light
Back into the future
The TARDIS travels time
With his beautiful assistant
And his trusty mate K9
A patent blue policeman’s booth
But when inside the doors
A vast interior complex
Defies dimensional laws
His robot dog is by his side
He packs a powerful punch
And he always has the answers
When it comes down to the crunch

Doctor Who is gonna fix it
Doctor Who will put it right
As he moves across the galaxy
At twice the speed of light
Back into the future
The TARDIS travels time
With his beautiful assistant
And his trusty mate K9
The threats of time and outer space
He’ll always keep in line
He’ll put the nasties in their place
Throughout the realms of time
The why and where of how and when
The back beyond and through
The what and if and maybe
Will depend on Doctor Who

Doctor Who is gonna fix it
Doctor Who will put it right
As he moves across the galaxy
At twice the speed of light
Back into the future
The TARDIS travels time
With his beautiful assistant
And his trusty mate K9

Looked like fun… can’t what to see what you come up with next…
Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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David Craig

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#2 posted 1540 days ago

Entertaining post as always Martyn and I look forward to seeing “the impossible.” Personally, though, I think you actually read the word as I’mPossible when the project presents itself to your highly active imagination.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1540 days ago

I’m new to the forum and stumbled across your blog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. (I love wood shopping too – there’s a shocker) Your projects are absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next You have a new fan!

:) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#4 posted 1540 days ago

I’m intrigued Martyn. Alas, another blog where I have to wait with bated breath for the next installment. Woe is me! LOL

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 1540 days ago

Brilliant, Larry. I’ve been a fan since 1963. The Cybermen were the ones that frightened me though.

Sheila, you sound perfectly normal to me, wood is fun.

Mike, wait and see. No spoilers.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Mary Anne

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#6 posted 1540 days ago

Wouldn’t it be fun to take the TARDIS for a trip to the wood shop? You could fine a whole new ‘dimension’ of exotic woods. I look forward to watching the impossible unfold in your next blogs. If anyone can, I think you have a head start.

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GaryD

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#7 posted 1540 days ago

Martyn, wish we had a “lumber shop” anywhere near where I live. No such luck, the only thing we have is the “big Box stores” Lowes and HomeDepot. Oh well will just have to use ebay. Looking forward to seeing your work . Thanks for the post. I do think it is really cool that a guy in England can post something and get a response from Austrailia, and the Untied States. Have a great day in the shop!!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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tyskkvinna

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#8 posted 1540 days ago

I’m terrible, I do clothes and wood. :o In fact a couple of weeks ago I was having a miserable day and we fixed that with a pair of shoes and a little zebrawood..

I can’t wait to see what you have in mind!

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 1540 days ago

Nice match, Lis.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1540 days ago

Update

Hows this then. I’m in the shop and I need some decentish wood for a jig. So my eye lights on this old lump my neighbour and good mate (mate = friend in UK, you’ll have to get used to it), Maurice gave me a couple of months ago. Its about 2’ x 1’ x 2” and looks like an old bit of Sapele that the weather has got to. So I slice a couple of inches off and think, ‘Strange, thats not red/brown like Sapele should be. Oh well lets true it up on the planer’.

So I did.

Its not Sapele its Walnut and it looks like European Walnut. Its flat, stable and there’s not a knot in it.

I rushed around to tell him. With a little present under my arm. Maurice is a turner. Two decades ago I thought I might be able to do that. I can’t. I went on a course, bought a lathe and even a Peter Childs ‘Master Chuck’. I was loaded then. It has rotted in a draw ever since. That was what was under my arm. Maurice now has a Master Chuck. I have a large piece of very nice Walnut and all the worlds happy.

Result! (By the way I hate to dispel anyone’s ideas but although I write in proper English I sound like Mick Jagger, we came from the same town, Dartford, Kent. This accent is tinged with a bit of acquired West country, from Devon)

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 1540 days ago

Enjoyed the post, I know about that 60 mile thing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 1540 days ago

Halifax (the nearest source of good wood) is almost 300 km away. About a three hour drive for me! I live in a very small place right now and although it is clean, modern and in a lovely, isolated location across the road from the Meteghan river and about 2km from the ocean, there isn’t much room to store wood. I have piles of it in my bedroom, with 4L water jugs on the piles for weight to keep the boards flat (all are dressed, clean and ready to go) There is even a few on my dresser. :) Funny, though. when you walk in, you wouldn’t know I do woodworking.

A trip for new lumber is exciting, and I have to be very careful as to what I pick. There is a gentleman in Digby, the town I used to live that has a full shop and stores all the larger pieces for me until I get there to plane them and slice them on the band saw. I only get there about twice a year or so. It is difficult not to go wild! After living near Chicago most of my life, where things were plentiful and within a ten minute drive away, I guess I learned to adapt.

It is fun to share your thrill of your excursion! :) Thanks for the great stories.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 1540 days ago

Thats funny, Sheila. Before I met my wife, Sue, my ‘woodyard’ used to be under my bed!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 1540 days ago

Well, I also paint and I keep a load of paints under there! and my box of thin veneer. The dust bunnies watch over everything for me and keep a good inventory! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#15 posted 1539 days ago

it most be the impossiple mission 1 2 3 with Chuck Norris you are on Martyn
and they wont bad so I look forward to see what you come up with :—)

you are a lucky man to even have a wood shop like that near you 60 miles is nothing

what an unbelieveble niiiice gift you just throw over to you mate, but then again
tools has to be used and not sitting on a shelf like some weird souvenier from
strange exotic places

take care
Dennis

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