I decided that it was time to make something for me, and what better than a new Workbench, I have been making do, with the bench I made when living in an apartment, and had a micro workshop in a spare bedroom, now it was time for a man size bench...
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Location: Bello, Antioquia, Colombia
A retired 30 year UK Police Constable. On retirement I moved to a mountain village in Spain where I lived on my own for five and a half years, before selling up and moving to Colombia to get married and settle.
I had to sell a lifetimes tool collection on my last move, after two years stuck in an apartment, where I turned a bedroom into a micro workshop, we bought a Finca, and I had a workshop built, compared with Spain it is small at 6 x 3.5m, but it is adequate for my needs.
I am a self taught woodworker, but I have had a lot of help along the way, I have always kept it as a hobby, and never entertained turning it into a business, which for me, would take all the enjoyment out of it.
Woodwork saved my sanity more than once, when I returned home from a dismal Policing shift! (I'll keep it polite!), I have done some repeat work, but usually I will only make a maximum of two of the same, and then get rid of the patterns, again because I can!
I enjoy partaking on LJ because there is no feeling of them and us, however inexperienced a Woodworker you are, you are made to feel welcome. I also enjoy reading other people experiences, and picking up new tips every day, in that sense, being a Woodworker is very similar to being a Policeman, you are always learning, and will never know it all!
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright
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Christmas, a time we all feel the strain on the wallet, but I’m sure there are plenty of us who can ease the strain, just a little. This year I decided to make a Height Growth Chart for my six year old nephew, something new to Colombians,...
This last week or two, my time has been severely curtailed, whilst supporting my Wife who is starting up a new business, but without some form of woodwork, I would go nuts, therefore I have been using up some of the reclaimed mahogany, I collected...
The weather seems to have gone from bad to worse, at least the cars have stayed dry! So the only work I have been doing is reclaiming some mahogany timbers that were left in the garden by the previous owner, to rot, and after cleaning them up, the...
I recently decided that I would retire gracefully from motorcycling, I bought a new bike in March and have only done 500km due in part to the weather, and probably more importantly due to the horrendous standard of driving in Colombia, there isn...