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The Makers of Things
Two of my most used pieces of footware that I made several years ago and still going strong, the first pair is a design I made that is similar in looks to the famous Chelsea model made by Lobbs of London, fully leather lined and quick to slip on, soles are by Dianite of the UK, the leather was recycled from a job lot I acquire about twenty years ago.

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The next pair is a pair of country brogues fitted with a full commando sole by Itshide UK, made for the outdoors, calf leather linings and fully hand sew Veldtschoen constructed for weather tightness, I have worn these many times and they are still not broken in yet, if you buy two decent pairs they can last you a lifetime bar new soles depending on how much walking you do.

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The sole threads or cords are handmade using the finest linnen thread by Barbour and have pigs whiskers braided in for needles, the thread is lubricated using my own home made wax, which is a 50-50 mix of Stockholm Tar and pure Beeswax from my own bees, everything done as in the days of old.
Two hand fret saws that I made for my own collection of marquetry tools, sometimes you cannot get into tight places where an angle of timer gets in the way so you have to carry out the tasks by hand held saws.

These are made from Stripy Ebony and Indian Rosewood in the style of the lyre, the cross bars are morticed and tenoned to keep things in line, the blades are held using a steel bar that is cut down the very middle and drilled to take a 4.00mm alen bolt, they have an adjustable tension mechanism which is turned and locked in place.

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The following tool is made to a Victorian era hand beader for making one off moldings for antique furniture, the blades are hand cut to match the original shaped bead that was made in the same way of old, many times the bead was made only once for the items of furniture, say a beading around a Grandfather clock or a glass display cabinet, where a normal modern router simply cannot match.

The main body is made from a single section of a super hard timber called Desert Ironwood from the North American continent and the hardware is predominantly PB 102 bronze and brass, she has a micro adjust mechanism so the blade can be held at varying degrees and can be worked on the edge of a curve with ease.

My version is much more adjustable and can be used by right or left handed people with a fence that can be moved to four different places which means it can incorporate much larger sections and more lines.

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Below is the vintage counterpart on which it is designed, called a Windsor beader.

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Thanks for looking.
My style of Amish Wheelbarrows

I made this wheel and barrow using recycled materials in the style of the Amish, the sides can be removed to convert it into a flag platform and replaced again in a few seconds, they are still made by the Amish today as they were in the 1850's, a tried and tested design, and believe it or not they are still roughly the same price as they were back then.

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The wheels are genuine English pattern taught to me by retired wheelwright Michael Collishaw or Newark England, a skills I really enjoyed learning, no punctures in these wheels.

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Below is a half scale sized barrow made from rosewood or Purpleheart that was recycled from an old packing crate salvaged from the log pile, we keep it in the living room window for a planter.

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Homemade jewellery

Most of my items here were made from recycled silver, from old knives, spoons, forks, even old teapots and many still retain their original hallmarks, starting with the copper bracelets, these were made from old copper from water tanks to electrical wire, they are different and also medicinal too.

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Several have additional silver ornamentation as well as charachter signatures in the shape of fish, plants and celestial parlance, a little bit of everything, the chain mail types are made from recycled ellectrical wires from a freindly sparky.

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I was given a box full of junk where I found a few old Victorian billiard balls made of ivory which I turned into beads and used bufallo horn as a contrast.

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Just made and finished this today, converted from the middle section of an old silver cup I have had kicking about for ages, so I decided to make her in doors an over bangle, first it had to be shaped then textured so it catches he light, this is how the misses like them.

Watch it being made here, its a full length video of the whole process after cuting the material out, a tad long but how its done.

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Made from this old Britania Silver cup, the bangle came from the area just below the lower circular ribbed ornamentation, the handles off of it are now a pair of large earings.

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There is anothe two bangles in there somewhere and a few pendants, total cost for the cup was 20 quid.
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A couple more hair tidy broaches, one made from brass and the other German silver.

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A gold plated silver cross made from the bowl of a spoon and a snake ring made from the shank of the same George fourth desert spoon.

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A pair of dished and planished earings made from silver scraps fitted with a couple of fresh water pearls from the remnants of an old necklace.

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This pair of earrings were made from the tines of a silver fork and retain their original curve, the spirals were a tad fiddly to cut out but ad an air of difference to what would be plain prongs on their own.

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I made the next couple of tools for my current marquetry project, the handles are made from local wind blown timbers, the darker one is Laburnum and the other Pear, the blades are made from recycled handsaw blade, the cutting edges can also be reversed and stored inside the tapered hand rolled ferrules for safety.
Just finished this adder style ring tonight from another handle off of a recycled silver jug, very heavy about half an ounce, the original shape retained for texture.

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Been playing around this morning and began tearing into another 1830's cream jug that was badly dented and beyond repair, in the first picture I have lined up the different levels of metal where they would be in situ before cutting.
Beginning with the base ring which I will make another pendant with a turned horn ornament from, then up to the next section, which I have made this Yorkshire rose from, the center part of the flower came from the base ring.

There is the adder ring I made earlier from the handle, more to come from the rest.

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The Persian mail bracelet below was made from 1.50mm Sterling silver wire and jump rings wound upon an 8.00mm mandrel, here is how I made my own equipment.

If you want to make lots of rings very quickly look no further than this machine, brilliant.

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Here is where I learned how to go about making the bracelet, the catch is also made from the same wire. which was four meters long which is enough to make the largest of bracelets, follow his wiring chart shown.

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Here is where to bought the silver wire, simply dial in the diameter and length.

Please let us know if you manage to make your own superb bracelet.

A pendant made from the base ring of an old milk jug, the fob in the centre came from a victorian drawer knob, below is a short video of how it was made.

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My homemade bee smoker, made from an old gas cylinder and standard homemade leather and wooden bellows system, where it differs from the commercial smoker is, she has a series of smoke pipes that fan out in a wide array so the smoke drifts gently across the top of the open hive frames in an even pattern, the girls don't like it if you blast smoke at them from a single opening, with my system the smoke is offered much more gently covering a much wider area at once.

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I have also added a shut off valve of my own design to prevent the fuel which can be anything from straw to dead rotten pulp from a rotten tree works best, punk wood I call it, the valve consists of an old half crown coin which is pulled upwards to close off the brass tube and opening below cutting off the through flow of air and saving the fuel, a lever and brass rod does the lifting which is threaded where the old coin is fitted.

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She has worked very well for many years and only need the odd cleaning of the pipes.

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Showing the top valve section.

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Here are a few more pictures of the previous fret saw in the making, seen below are things being made from 10.00mm tool steel ground bar, and other parts in their different stages of manufacture.

These fit into blind holes drilled on the inside of the arms and held in place with a 4.00mm alen hex bolt from the outside.

The hole at the bottom of the cut slot where the blade is nipped is 4.00mm, it also has and end hole tapped to take a 4.00mm retaining bolt, the nip bolt is also 4.00mm.

Direct links below.

The timber is Rosewood for the arms and Laburnum for the cross brace and handle, to come shortly.

The mortise and tenon are drilled with two 10.00mm holes that join in the middle with the waste between removed, a round ended tenon is more difficult to achieve but is better for this particular joint where the two arms rock slightly.

Finally done, there was a couple of nips and tucks to get everything nice and tight and a final polish with Danish oil. The Laburnum for the handle and cross brace goes nicely together with the Rosewood now that the oil has darkened things down slightly.

The brass adjuster was hand turned from an old scrap pipe fitting on the wood lathe using the same high speed steel tools as I use for turning wood.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

Thanks for looking.

Home Made Apple Shredder

She is made from high quality birch plywood 18.00mm thick, which I had left over from the garden benches I made this summer.

The motor is an old lathe brooks I had laying around, she still has the multi pulley left on, there is a tumbler below the apples with stainless steel screws standing slightly proud which nibble away at the apples in the hopper which holds about five kilos at a go, but you simply keep feeding them in as they go down and into a bucket below.

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The shaft through the middle of the tumbler is guided by two simple ptfe nylon bearing's which should last for years before needing changing, the main pulley is also made on the wood lathe and has two layers glued together and screwed at the crown to prevent them from parting, really strong.

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