Saturday, October 22 2016
By Mike on Saturday, October 22 2016, 04:18
More 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)
By Mike on Saturday, October 22 2016, 04:12
Out 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)
Sunday, September 11 2016
By Mike on Sunday, September 11 2016, 11:40
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.
Thursday, August 4 2016
By Mike on Thursday, August 4 2016, 23:09
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.
Tuesday, July 26 2016
By Mike on Tuesday, July 26 2016, 21:28
Here's a really quick and simple way to make a floating-wick oil lamp, using materials that can be easily found anywhere
By Mike on Tuesday, July 26 2016, 20:18
Rosebay Willowherb is a common plant of roadsides and riverbanks which has edible roots, stems and flowers.
Friday, July 15 2016
By Mike on Friday, July 15 2016, 21:02
An 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.
Tuesday, June 14 2016
By Mike on Tuesday, June 14 2016, 21:59
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!
Saturday, May 28 2016
By Mike on Saturday, May 28 2016, 21:06
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...
Sunday, April 17 2016
By Mike on Sunday, April 17 2016, 15:42
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...