Unique Features (Issues?) of my Workshop #4: Uninvited Guests

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 11-08-2009 11:41 PM 1221 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you probably know by now (previous posts), I have no doors on the workshop yet. We did order some and paid a deposit, but the contractor did a runner.


I get all sorts of uninvited guests while I’m working, like rats, snakes, wasps, frogs, etc.

Below is the only type of visitor that I switch off for. The bay normally only comes in to ask for food.


I kill the stationary power tools, but I keep working with hand-held power tools and manual tools. They are so accustomed to the weird things that people do, that I can swing a hammer and make lots of banging and scraping noises, and they just watch or gently move away. Of course the traditional horse people would have a fit because you shouldn’t be doing stuff like that near a horse – it’s dangerous. Well, no it isn’t if you make it a normal part of the horses life.

Sometimes the big appaloosa will actually pick up the broom or hammer and try to help me. I’m sure he thinks he is part human. The little pony so far is the only one that walks all the way through the workshop from the small back door past the RAS and bandsaw, and out the large front doorway.


If I really have to continue working, it’s easy to just ask them to leave and they generally don’t come back for a while. If they are really frustrating me, I just take them to their paddock about 10 metres away and close the gate. Sometimes they’ll stand there behind the gate and just watch until they get bored.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 11:43 PM

What a way to add more horsepower to your tools!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#2 posted 11-09-2009 12:32 AM

How many HP do you have.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 06:21 AM

Haven’t had that kind of help in my shop. I did have a puppy that used to sit in my lap at the computer desk. He would try and help me type once in a while.

Animals are people too I guese. They just want the company, and to help.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 09:15 AM

We have 4 horsepower.
One monster sized Appaloosa/Warmblood gelding
One average sized Thoroughbred bay mare with a blind eye
One average sized grey Percheron/Nooitgedacht gelding
and a small retired white Basutu/Welsh pony gelding

Maybe that’s only 3.5 horsepower

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 02:06 AM

And you thought what the birds left behind was bad…

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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