Here’s a picture of the forge in use. You can’t tell, but there’s a knife blank in there. It is currently annealing, cooling down slowly in a bucket of pearlite.
It’s made out of PVC pipe, which has been heated shaped so that the PVC flattens out toward the tips, making it more flexible toward the tip, just like in a traditional bow.
It’s a very light bow, but it’s really fun.
The next one I’m going to try to make a recurve.
OK, so I’m stretching the word “make” past the breaking point, I know.
But yesterday afternoon I received an arduino in the mail. In short order, following the instructions on the web, I had it hooked up to and flashing a LED to my command. So I did the obvious thing and wrote a program to make it send out morse code messages.
I haven’t really done much more than that, but I’m pretty excited about it and the possibilities, so I figured I’d share.
There were plans.
Even before I really got into woodworking a few years ago, I was fascinated by the kits and plans that were sold for people to make mechanical clocks. They even sell kits so that you can make clocks entirely out of paper!.
And when I got into scrollsawing and saw some of the beautiful wooden clocks designed for scrollsawers, I knew that someday I had to make one. I even went so far as to order the plans for one so that someday I could make it.
Well, I’ve decided that today is that day! The latest edition of ScrollSaw Woodworking & Crafts has full plans for an extremely simple (relatively) mechanical clock. I went out today and made copies of it, because I have no doubt that I will mess things up the first time. In fact, I really should have gone ahead and made two copies of everything so that I can mess up twice. Oh well…
I don’t know how long this will take me. But I’m closer than I’ve ever been to really starting, and now I’m even closer.
This is a bunch of spinning tops I made this last week out of wood and corian.
I used some of the best and brightest corian colors I have for these tops. I let everybody pick their favorite color out of what we had, and then on Christmas morning they each got a top made out of that color in their stocking.