Saturday, October 22 2016

More Drink Can Tinwork - Star-Shaped Box

tinwork4thumb.jpgMore tinwork fun with drink cans. This time for a star-shaped box with a convex profile - the design is still a bit half-baked, but I'm putting it up here in case anyone wants to experiment with it.

(Article updated October 2016 with video tutorial to make this item into a shabby-chic Christmas tree ornament)

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Trumpet Chanterelles

trumpetchanterellesthumb.jpgOut for a walk in the woods, to enjoy the autumn foliage, I very nearly overlooked an abundant crop of Trumpet Chanterelles.

(Article updated October 2016 to include video and recipe)

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Sunday, September 11 2016

The Stuffed-Est Crust Pizza


Stuffed crust pizza normally only has a ring of stuffing around the edge - I wanted to take that a bit further - so I made this - the Stuffed-All-The-Crust Pizza. The Stuffed-est of crusts.

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Thursday, August 4 2016

Upcycled Foraging Knife


I wanted to make a one-off little knife to use when I go foraging for mushrooms.  I made this one out of cheap junk.

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Tuesday, July 26 2016

Floating Wick Oil Lamp


Here's a really quick and simple way to make a floating-wick oil lamp, using materials that can be easily found anywhere

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Rosebay Willowherb


Rosebay Willowherb is a common plant of roadsides and riverbanks which has edible roots, stems and flowers.

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Friday, July 15 2016

Bilberries - And The Test Run Of The Berry Picker

bilberriesthumb.JPGAn outing to The Devil's Punchbowl at Hindhead, Surrey, for a picnic lunch and a spot of berry picking. Bilberries are found in abundance here, and this trip has become an annual fixture for us.

This article originally written on June 29 2012 - Revisited Summer 2016 - with video.

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Tuesday, June 14 2016

Magnet Fishing


A few years ago, I salvaged a collection of small but powerful rare earth magnets from old computer hard drives.

They've been sat there (well, actually stuck to a bit of shelving), waiting to be used for something.  OK - let's go Magnet Fishing!

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Saturday, May 28 2016

Making A Koncovka (Slovak Wooden Flute)


I fancy making a musical instrument. Trouble is, I'm no musician (well, I can play the harmonica and pan flute to a mediocre level).

So I was looking for something that requires a bit of intuition, rather than dexterity in the playing. The Koncovka seems to fit the bill exactly - read on to find out why...

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Sunday, April 17 2016

Sliced Tree Bowl


This is a project based on a woodworking technique that I discovered (or maybe invented!) completely by accident.

It's a wooden bowl made from slices of tree trunk - the clever part is that nature provides the curvature...


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