wood nerds version.
Hi LJ’s here a little looking back at my summer in Turkey.
I basically did no woodworking. It was hot, a normal day temperature was 33 ℃ / 92 ℉, I love this due to the fact I have chronic pain after a spinal neck operation and in the hot dry climate I had only little pain from muscles and nerves but it was too hot for working wood in the day time for a Viking from North.
View from the house this summer in Turkey, as you can see a stone throw from the Aegean Sea, so a lot of fish hunting and eating local grown food. I will make a blog later with a catch up and few woodworking related images.
But yes a little was done, like converting some wood from a beehive frame and a leather left over from a local shoemaker into a flyswatter and this is what this little blog is about.
Freehanding a shape I like.
Wanted to give it a a good swing and a heavy hit, so i guessed this would be the shape.
I bought some sandals from a local shoemaker and he gave me this leather for making a sling, but that’s another story.
Cutting with one of my latest knifes is like cutting in butter.
Yes the first skill any woodworker should learn is to sharpen.
Making a cut in the wood where the leather can be inserted.
Bought myself a Turkish pull saw, no big story to tell, it gets the job done and I like they have a grip that gives a good hold.
Brought one of my old French draw knifes, never know when we need one of these. ;-)
It was time to be creative, since I have no workbench there.
A chair and a rock could give a kind of hold, when the char was held down with the feet.
As you can see it works and if the knife should slip, you can have the nails cut…
I have always been good at using the feet for hold, had some training also with the Japanese woodworker shoes but the biggest challenge is to hold it centred.
More safe in this direction but wood has to be followed, not forced, so direction is a matter of grain direction and not safety.
Half way there.
Not bad I think, it was mounted with shoemakers glue and two toothpick dowels later.
Managed to make a tight joint.
A close up of the wood, the yellow is beeswax.
A rope, two loops and the pressure of your foot.
Another holdfast system, I have tried this before and it is a more safe method.
Lets cut some wood.
Following the grain to avoid tear out.
When I put the leather under it was more easy to avoid it from going from side to side.
Just a good push and the grip is fair.
Final freehand details.
That’s it woodworkers flyswatter.
The test went well.
Have to say it’s the best flyswatter I ever had, it hits fast and hard, so it was worth a little sweat and was in use every day for the rest of the summer.
Ohhh yes and I have to say I like it better than the ugly blue electric one it replaced.
Flyswatter on shaves.
Time for a cold beer and a swim.
Here the house with the orange trees, our little kitchen garden, grapes and yes my new old Jawa motorcycle in front.
Yes it was a wonderful summer in Turkey, my heart is full of joy and good memories, so i look forward to coming back.
Here are the details I did not get to photograph.
Here the pinning of the head.
End of handle got a hole a little loop of wire to hang it.
Hope it can inspire others to hold some wood and swat a fly…
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.