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Blog series by Jamie Speirs updated 07-28-2014 11:18 PM 21 parts 68008 reads 282 comments total

Part 1: Woodturning with a Disability

10-24-2010 01:12 PM by Jamie Speirs | 15 comments »

WOODTURNING from the Wheelchair(just a copy and paste from ) Woodturning is one of the crafts that lends itself towards most disabilities. It can be done in a fairly small area with relatively inexpensive equipment. It is not overly strenuous and can be quick to show results; hence it’s mass popularity. The object of this is not to go into any great detail about woodturing itself, rather on guidelines on what look for in a course or in a tutor. Red Pine Three T...

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Part 2: Time to move on.

11-18-2010 12:59 AM by Jamie Speirs | 17 comments »

I write this with a heavy heart.I thought twice about sharing this, but then I realised that it is important to share the sad with the glad. About ten years ago I was approached by the local Authority to see if I could take a young man with a Learning Disability.I never promise that they can do woodwork until I have interviewed the person. When I have the interview all my other “Jolly Rogues” will be around at a distance appearing busy. We have a close knit wee team and it is i...

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Part 3: Time to further move on

11-18-2010 12:32 PM by Jamie Speirs | 20 comments »

Well, thanks for all the nice replies.When he started coming here it was always in the company of a carer or the title of support worker. This was a strange set up, whenever we spoke to him he would look at the floor and wait for the carer to answer. This we soon solved, Gordon (my right hand) took the carer to one side and taught them to turn.This gave me the opportunity to work one on one. So begun the making shavings. He must have made garden dibbers and spurtle’s for everyone that he knew...

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Part 4: Woman's Work

11-23-2010 06:38 AM by Jamie Speirs | 19 comments »

This was a story that I was unsure about sharing as it is a fairly complicated situation. I have just come back from a short Retreat and while I was there I got speaking to a friend who is a cello player.She told me the story of how she had worked with a young woman also with Cerebral Palsy. They created a dance routine with music.So I decided to write about it.One of the most prolific woodturner’s that I ever had the pleasure of teaching was a young womanShe has Cerebral Palsy along with a f...

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Part 5: Helping Hands a two way street

11-27-2010 04:21 PM by Jamie Speirs | 16 comments »

Thank you all for the encouragement.I’ve had some really great PM’s, with some great questions. In this title I could relate to many wonderful folk over the years. I thought though I would relate a story of one of my Jolly Rouges who is now a mere 76.In 2004 I got a phone call asking about woodturning lessons for this woman’s Dads 70th Birthday.They live in Glasgow and although that is only a slow one hour drive, I suggested that she find someone in Glasgow.Next I new she...

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Part 6: Helping Hands part two

11-28-2010 11:46 AM by Jamie Speirs | 18 comments »

Sorry for the break, I’m not good at getting things down. I wander to much. :) Well there was a post tutorial discussion with my Right Hand Man Gordon. (I must make a note to tell you about Gordon my RHM) Pulling teeth was our consensus. Gordon asked if he had paid the full eight weeks? Worse, nine weeks. I had thrown in an extra week. Some folk who travel will often come for a weekend or two. I prefer doing it weekly and give them homework for the next. After eight weeks they reall...

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Part 7: Helping Hands part three Taking

11-28-2010 11:57 PM by Jamie Speirs | 8 comments »

The takingI think this is one of the hardest parts. Is it that we don’t like taking? Maybe it is a matter of pride, accepting help even when it might not be needed by ourselves. I needed to realise that others also have a need to give and if they cant allow them give, we are being selfish. I continually use bearings, might be a dust thing or perhaps I’m just a bit to rough on my wheelchairs. I normally just buy new bearings on line. It is quick and easy. So when I needed some bearings for ...

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Part 8: My Right Hand Man Gordon

12-02-2010 12:58 PM by Jamie Speirs | 7 comments »

Gordon is my right hand man, I thought that I would tell you a bit about how he has changed my life.Gordon and I were introduced to each other by his brother in law fifteen years ago. I was in hospital with his BIL and he thought that we would get on. Gordon is also disabled and has many similar interests. We both like Counrty & western music along with the 60’s & 70’s music we grew up with. We both went gun slinging, It is the UK so we fire blanks. Will we ever grow up? I hope not.Go...

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Part 9: Right hand man Gordon part two

12-04-2010 04:06 PM by Jamie Speirs | 10 comments »

We finally get things moving and get a Draper swivel head variable speed lathes. Were all the rage years ago. It immediately had a problem with it’s capacitor. Happens to be the only thing that goes wrong with this motor. It’s fairly bullet proof. So I ask Draper if they can send a spare capacitor. I get a snooty reply telling me that a replacement was being sent and the other lathe was my responsibility until it was collected at their convenience. Now I don’t know about you all, but that typ...

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Part 10: Victorian Workshop from Scratch

12-18-2010 02:44 PM by Jamie Speirs | 21 comments »

Victorian Workshop from Scratch Well have you ever considered what your dream workshop would consist of? Of course we all have.Well four weeks ago my wife (Shirley) shows me a picture of an old Victorian Building. My jaw dropped it was my type of building. I said is that in case we win the Lottery, we laugh but she has that look in her eye (you know the one “I’ve nearly tamed you therefore I can do anything look”. She then suggests that we could go out to lunch at the Holy Bush, a local re...

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Part 11: Pool Champion

04-03-2013 09:53 PM by Jamie Speirs | 20 comments »

Well it has been a long time since I blogged and I’m not sure how Blog worthy this will be. Well you have all met young Ryan, one of my Jolly Rouges. He got a a Top Three for his first project with his Creepie/Stool. That made him so proud that he even chose the picture for his avatar on Facebook. That has led him to have the confidence to go on to further projects even a Commission for another stool for one of his carers. I know furniture designer/makers that have not yet had a comm...

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Part 12: There is a girl in the shop.............

04-09-2013 08:27 AM by Jamie Speirs | 11 comments »

There is a “Girl” in the Shop Yes it is true and also wonderful for keeping the Boys under control. Although we don’t have a toilet seat issue. One of the great things about converting an old commercial building is that we have Ladies Gents & disabled toilets. Oddly, when our female friends first get the tour they always say that “you will be removing the urinals, wont you”? Well no! I’ve got sons, grandsons and I also come from a long line of men and it says Men on the door so they...

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Part 13: Shop #1 Pictures

04-18-2013 05:13 PM by Jamie Speirs | 25 comments »

Ok Sheila here are some pictures, safe to say the opposite of your shop.There is not a lot to say and if a picture paints a thousand words then;

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Part 14: Letter fae Denmark

04-20-2013 04:40 PM by Jamie Speirs | 13 comments »

I got this great letter today from DenmarkAs you can see there is an Origami and a leather strop for my knifeThe knife in the picture is one that I made years ago another thing the writer and I have in common.We both also make knifes and do leather-work.Unfortunately we both have spinal injuries, but we both smile a lotDo you know who it is yet?Jamie

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Part 15: A restoration & random pics

04-27-2013 05:36 PM by Jamie Speirs | 11 comments »

Greetings My Buddies, well this week a got an interesting item brought into the shop by RozIt is an Edwardian Masters Desk. It looks as though great attention to detail was done by the original makerI’ll post photos and describe them as I go through them The Desk belong to Roz’s brother in law who is a teacher at one of the local high schools. He has an interesting student that has some physical disabilities with his arms. Between us I made a slant/writing slope. The wee lad ca...

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Part 16: Craft Syndrome

07-01-2014 07:37 PM by Jamie Speirs | 6 comments »

Cant believe that it is over a year since a blog. Mads has been to Scotland andis back in a few days :) I’m as usual backed up with orders, not that effects mytime out to create.Now that is the pita that causes the backlog. Honest its scientifically sound.My DIL Annes birthday was last Friday, no rush there then. Ok that looks as if there is hope. One feather and it will come down fast.It is loosely based on an idea I’m playing with on Shaker themed piece donewith a natural edg...

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Part 17: Mads has arrived /French Plane

07-12-2014 06:50 PM by Jamie Speirs | 10 comments »

Well it has been one heck of a great weekI finally got Annes wee cabinet finished. :)She has given me twa wonderful Grandchildren and keeps ma wee boy happyit is the least I can do :) Twenty one days late but who is counting.The wee man on the base was a gift that I’ll explain just the nowWe have had the Dane Invasion known as LJ Mads Here he is arriving from the airport, saying something about me not picking him up at the airport and him having to mug an OAP for his wheels LOLDoes a...

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Part 18: Mads gets Kidnapped

07-14-2014 11:22 PM by Jamie Speirs | 9 comments »

Well what are your chances. Traveling to Scotland and being kidnapped and taken tae the“East Coast” Oh! the photo, right I remember. This is Mads showing Ros one of the Jolly Rouges his Kayak in a bag Honest”, would I lie? If I dont forgetI’ll see if I can post a picture of it.I think it was also where the kidnap plan was formed. Shirley will be involvedyou can see the look. :)Any way one minute Mads and I are chatting about fresh eggs over coffeeand tea.I nip outs...

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Part 19: The Cabinet in Red

07-17-2014 10:36 PM by Jamie Speirs | 9 comments »

iOk, I’ve an obsession one that s itching like a Scottish Midge bite.Thos Moser made a version, exceptionalIt’s not a replica thoughNorm Abram built one featured it on a programme and in one of his books It’s again a great cabinet and with Norms normal practical improvementsIt would make a great build and a wonderful edition to any home….......Right this is where my problem comes inIn Thos. Mosers book there is a photo of an originalNow with having had glaucoma since ...

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Part 20: O wad some Power the gift tae gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!

07-19-2014 10:03 PM by Jamie Speirs | 7 comments »

Ok it’s no Shakespeare, it the reel stuffA local boy, randy poet hud mair Mistresses than Tim can tellYou widnae want your daughters seeing the likes o him behindYe Olde Bike Shed ” Well he is our National Bard for awe his sins :)I think this verse comes fae “to a Louse” If I’m wrang? Blame mytruant officer for not catching me often enough. A wander.Right the gift to see ourselves….......I know I was going somewhere with this. I’ll load a picture and ...

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Part 21: Gustav Stickley No 708 it's not

07-28-2014 11:18 PM by Jamie Speirs | 10 comments »

Well the visit is over and it is time to go back to work.It seems quieter in the shop.No not noise, smile quiet and no aroma of the pipe tobaccoWe could sit in the shop or beside the pond and jist hae a guidall blether.Talking about things that buddies who have similar interests in commonNo arguments just a warm content feeling.Smiling a lotI wander, yes back to work….......... And there all lined up for the start of the workshop Derby EditShirley says that if I write about that in m...

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