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Proper Job

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

Etched brass crest
Hobbies

Chemically etching a design into Brass or Copper delivers sharp professional results even on the first attempt. The skills needed to etch brass are pretty basic, so if you want to create a great looking design that will quite literally last for centuries, etching metal is the way to do

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Gorilla two part metal epoxy
Hobbies

The best way to glue two small pieces of metal together is to melt them. However welding is hot and dangerous. The second best way to do it is to melt a third bit of metal and use that as the glue. But soldering requires a soldering iron. Although using

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Bike Store
Cycling

When space is at a premium, storing bikes can be a problem. The obvious solution is a dedicated bike store. These generally sit in your front garden. Therefore you have to address issues of practicality, visual appeal and above all, security when choosing a bike store. Bike Store Security Taking

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leather bell holder
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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HobbiesNature

Two hours from London on the border of Dorset and Devon lies the small seaside town of Lyme Regis. Since the Nineteenth Century the beach has attracted countless people, attracted by the treasure that can be found there. They come for the sea and sunshine, but also to hunt for

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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 dark quite quickly. 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

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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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