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Proper Job

Loves to learn new things and make stuff...properly

Hobbies

I have always thought of leather work as a craft too difficult to just dip in to on a whim. I imagined that leather itself is an expensive, hard material to work with and without specialist tools and professional help it is not something for the amateur to play with.

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Wood pallet
Hobbies

26 of your questions about using pallets  answered in one handy guide. What is a pallet? Pallets are cheaply made temporary wooden bases used for transporting goods all over the world. The key fact about a pallet is that it can be lifted using a forklift. It is this that

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dandelion flower
Home brewing

There is something very special about making a great bottle of booze from weeds. Whether it is Dandelion Wine, Nettle Beer or Elderflower Fizz the sense of satisfaction is almost as good as the wobbly feeling you get when you reach the end of the bottle and realise you have quietly

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Hobbies

There are quite a few alternatives to natural clay for pottery, sculpture and model making. Some (paper mache or plasticine) are in most cases unsuitable for people looking for a hard, unbending finished piece. But there are two forms of modelling material that can produce a finish like kiln fired

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wood stove
Cleaning

Whether your log burning stove is made of cast iron or sheet steel, it will get dirty. The glass needs cleaning almost every time you use it, but about once a month (in winter when you are using it)  you will want to give the outside of your wood stove

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SeaSucker Talon Bike Rack
Hobbies

This bike mount really sucks … but in a good way.  I don’t generally write posts enthusing about technology, but I saw  the SeaSuckerTalon for the first time last week. I was genuinely impressed. Apparently they are huge in the US but have only been imported in limited quantities in

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Sharp pile rug with underlay
Cleaning

Shagpile rug are  wonderfully sensuous underfoot.  Walking barefoot or shagpile rug is one of the real pleasures in life.  However after a year  or two the pile starts to flatten and sensation becomes less and less enjoyable.  The good news is that returning a shagpile to something close to that

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Henry VIII hat
Hobbies

The same basic hat shape worn by King Henry VIII was also worn by men of all classes in the fifteen hundreds. The only real differences were the materials used and added decorations. If you want one of your own, the good news is that although they haven’t been available

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HobbiesNature

Growing chilies at home is so simple that even if you don’t ‘do it properly’ you will still probably end up with a great crop of delicious fiery peppers. Not just the bog standard varieties either. You can enjoy exotic chilies that you cannot get from the supermarket, whenever you

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Hobbies

I had a go at making some finger rings out of scrapwood and was stunned with the high quality results. It really is an easy task to turn scrap into objects of beauty and value using only very simple tools. The technique is simply to take a shaving from a

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