|Project by antmjr||posted 01-25-2010 11:28 AM||4921 views||5 times favorited||18 comments|
While working on your computer, you have to take a pause from time to time…taking a look at all those wonderful used tools on sale on eBay for instance…and…and…we know, there may be only a click between you and the object of your desire…a click…too very little to be able to resist…
So it happened I ran into a wonderful fly press, on sale in Milano, i.e. 400 km away from my home. I have enjoyed papermaking in the past, I knew I needed a press, that press. I wrote to the seller to know how much it weighted, and he replied ” quite nothing, it needs only two people to load it up, it must weight 100 kg at most”. Very kind of him, I bought it.
I still don’t know how much it weights, really. 200 kg? 250 kg? 300 kg? I don’t know. The only thing I know is we needed an elevator-trolley to lift the press and load it up on my small car (Audi A2). At that point the tires of my poor car got squashed, and I drove 400 km back home in a sort of never ending nightmare, afraid of each bump and of each hole in the road. At a motorway service area a truck driver suggested to me that it would have been better to pump the tires more then usual, deflating them again later when at home. I did it too.
It took 3 hour to go, and 6 to come back, a nightmare.
I have built a heavy trolley for this fly press, out of black locust of my garden.
More pics here on my Picasa Web Album.