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missF wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 7:14 pm @Korkki - just realised it was twenty years ago! There have probably been twenty editions of the book since then! :lol:
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Woodworking has been mentioned, but how about a variation on the theme?
Whittling!
All you need to start is a sharp knife and a bit of wood and let your imagination go.
I have been doing it a bit for about a year and find it totally engrosses me.
My results are improving too!
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Korkki wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 7:16 pm Could this be him??
That’s him :lol: :clap:
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Ian Mc wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 7:21 pm Woodworking has been mentioned, but how about a variation on the theme?
Whittling!
That does sound absorbing and relaxing! What kind of wood do you use? Could you post some pics of what you’re doing? :thumbup:
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Whittling would be fun! I actually did a bit of that way back in boy scouts (probably in the 90's...). I remember using balsa wood for it. Softer woods are easier to carve, so probably pine as well?
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I just found a how-to article about whittling - on a site called The Art of Manliness :lol:

I’ll leave the link here in case anyone wants to know what’s missing in their manliness game...

https://www.artofmanliness.com/living/l ... e%20blade.
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The first one I did was a reef knot.
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Then came various figures and tiki heads, all done with just a knife.
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The green man and animals were done with chisels
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The wood used is lime. I wouldn't recommend starting with anything else. You can get it from amazon or specialist wood suppliers.
Your knife needs to be really sharp. Blunt knives are dangerous.
If you want to do it indoors, put an old sheet on the floor where you are working to collect the chips.
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Wow - these are wonderful :clap:
I love the Green Man, and all the little figures.
This is a great hobby - thanks for posting the pics :thumbup: :D
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^^^^ Those are wonderful Ian.

I especially like the Bear lounging in the 'heart' tree.

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How about cooking, I mean beyond just for basic sustenance? Is there a particular cuisine you really like that you could begin to explore? Or maybe get a book like The Joy of Cooking or How to Cook Everything by Mark Bitner and work your way through. It becomes a great excuse to invite people over.

Or maybe baking?

Or brewing beer?
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@jkbarnes I do like the idea of cooking and brewing. You can eat and drink the inevitable rookie mistakes. Unless they are just too horrendous.

@Ian Mc Those are really superb!
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missF wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 7:02 pm
ajax87 wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 6:26 pm Wood working. I’ve always wanted to get into that, just don’t have the time right now.
I like that idea too, but space and setting up costs are prohibitive. However, an advert popped up on my feed for a hand-held pen grip carver/etcher. But like a dremel I think. More ergonomic, can carve into stone with it. I could see me whittling of an evening and it would be a one off outlay :thumbup:
look around to see if there is a maker space near by. not sure that's a "thing" over there, but we have them all over the country. you can pay a monthly membership fee and have access to all their tools. woodworking equipment, laser cutters, 3D printers, etc.
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gwells wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 10:45 pm look around to see if there is a maker space near by.
That’s possible - and I’d love to have space for a workbench where I could spread out and write or make some jewellery or do some artwork. But spaces here are rentable but usually studio sized, or half a room sized. Quite expensive. With waiting lists and a lot of professional artists needing the space.

I do know of a place that rents desks though. More of an office setting. But for writing or anything quiet that might be a good thing to look into. Thanks :thumbup:
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missF wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 7:02 pm
ajax87 wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 6:26 pm Wood working. I’ve always wanted to get into that, just don’t have the time right now.
I like that idea too, but space and setting up costs are prohibitive. However, an advert popped up on my feed for a hand-held pen grip carver/etcher. But like a dremel I think. More ergonomic, can carve into stone with it. I could see me whittling of an evening and it would be a one off outlay :thumbup:
A problem with a dremel or similar is the vast quantities of fine wood dust they produce.
Doing it indoors? You will need a dust mask and goggles and plenty of time for hoovering and dusting!
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Ian Mc wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2023 10:53 pm A problem with a dremel or similar is the vast quantities of fine wood dust they produce.
Doing it indoors? You will need a dust mask and goggles and plenty of time for hoovering and dusting!
Ha! I don’t have plenty time for hoovering and dusting. I guess I’d be outside in the long balmy evenings we have all year here in Scotland! :lol: :thumbup: