Thursday, April 27, 2017

Year 17, Week 15, Day One (week 901)

Year 17, Week 15, Day One (week 901)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
04-22-17 Saturday

    Cloudy all day, 73 early morning, 79 late afternoon. The weather looked threatening early morning but that disappeared before we finished breakfast. Late evening, a front was approaching so tomorrow is expected to be filled with singing plants that have been thirsty for a long time. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach Department Of Tourism.
    We had a good turnout with the club, though the instant gallery was light in the number of things on display. I had nothing to show for the month.
    The main demonstration was on carving grooves in your turned vases, or making swirls as he called it. He showed a simple layout method.  He simply rotated the piece on the lathe and drew a line at about the center, and one near the top and bottom of the piece. He said that pieces get weak if you go to the very top. He then drew two or three lines between those lines.
    He had taken a piece of cereal box and cut a circle and marked it with evenly spaced lines. He found that twelve lines was way too much work. He found five lines works nice at least for the size of piece he was working. The linens radiated from the center. He then cut a hole in the center to fit over the shaft of your lathe and he simply screwed the chuck on and that held the cardboard in place. He matched the line to something on the lathe and used his tool rest to draw a line down the length of the piece at each mark on the cardboard.
    Finally, he decided, usually on the spot, to plot lines between the places two lines met. He aimed to have the beginning and the end of the groove to not be seen at the same time.
    The great way he was doing it, was accuracy is not essential because of the style of the swirls he made. He could make each groove different, some of the spaces in between were concave, some convex, some would flare out in some places, some have pointed edges on one side. We tend to try to make engineered accurate grooves that match all the way around. With this, method, a mistake disappears into a design opportunity.
    He would sometimes use a power tool to get the groove started, but a lot of his work is simply with a set of varying shaped open rasps. One can get a lot of work done quickly. We tend to want to use power to do this kind of work, but the way the rasp sweeps and follows, it is a powerful design tool.
    One thing he had that was useful was an artist’s mount where he can attach his chuck onto it and the mount would allow him to turn it in any direction and angle needed for the cut he was after.
    He suggested that you should buy your tools from artists, rather than the big corporations. They need your money more.
    One guy makes a lot of bottle stoppers that have an insert on the top end. The inserts come in different sizes, both metric and standard diameters. What he did was to use forsner bits to drill metic holes on one side, and standard on the other side. When he gets an insert, he simply finds the hole that it fits into and that is the size he works with.
    Another guy showed a piece he had pierced. He said that he paints the inside with black acrylic paint. That way when he adds dyes on the outside, it won’t bleed through the interior paint and not be seen. He said he learned that adding dye to the inside of the piece sometimes bleeds through the wood to be seen on the outside. The black also highlights the piercing.
    We have one more meeting before our meeting sight will be closed for several months.
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    A few weeks ago, I went to the dentist. I have only one cavity, and I keep filling it three times a day plus snacks. They give you floss, tooth paste, tooth brush and a few other items. I finally decided to replace my old tooth brush and dug out the one they gave me. I got excited. The tooth brush has the clear plastic neck.
    I have made many crochet hooks from tooth brush handles. They work pretty good and are referred to as having “comfort handles”. Most tooth brushes is made with a rubbery white plastic. That does not make good crochet hooks as the rubbery plastic does not sand well and is hard to work with. It is also a little sticky to the yarn. 
    When I saw the tooth brush from the dentist, I got excited as it is the hard clear plastic neck. That plastic sand well, shapes well, and is relatively slick to the yarn. I can’t wait to wear this tooth brush out so I can make it into a crochet hook....
    Right after breakfast, we headed to a church that has regular sales.  It was pretty good this time. It is hard to avoid items you really like. They had a meat grinder there for a pittance. I had it in my hands three times, before I forced myself to forget about it. I have two really good ones. This one was smaller than my two and I considered it as being in “Antique condition” where it needed a lot of clean-up to make it useable. About five minutes later, it was gone.
    Those meat grinders are actually a good thing. Pork is usually about $1.50 a pound. Beef is usually around $3.20 a pound. Hamburger is usually $2.20 a pound but ground pork is about $3.50 a pound. Making your own ground pork ends up being a good deal. The same with ground chicken or turkey. Food processors and blenders will also do it, but there is something about the old methods that are kind of nice.
    I grabbed a large roaster pan, with thoughts that while it can be used for roasting, there are other things it can be used for both within the kitchen and without. I grabbed some fabric folding storage containers. Space tends to be important. I like these as when stored flat, they take no space, but they make more space when opened up. A couple other items joined what I had.
    At another yard sale, I found platters are about sixteen inches in diameter.  Two are made of wood, the other is plastic. The wood platter are one of those things I have the skills to make, but never will, and never this good. They might not get much use, but I will have them when I need them. If I get tired of them, they could go beneath a potted plant outside, but I much doubt that.
    One yard sale had little I was interested in, but ran across a  file and a metal compass. I have several of each but decided they can still be useful. The compass is well made. Actually it is a divider as it does not take pencils. You use it for measuring. Being solid metal makes it durable.
    One guy had a bunch of furniture and appliances. He had a fire a the house. Since he had insurance, he was replacing everything and decided not to spend the money to store the stuff. He showed me how the fire started in one of those lights that come on with movement that caught fire to his shed, and apparently, a nearby motorcycle caught fire and the tank set the house on fire. Most of the interior damage was from water.
    I considered his refrigerator for the house, but there is no place to put it until some work is completed there.
    Three were at the end of a cul-de-sac with a fourth at the start of the street. One of the yard sales at the cul-de-sac was something about sending some group to Jamaica. I picked up some Jelly molds at the second of the yard sale and an easel at the first. The yard sale at the entrance had nothing I had to have.  
    I ended up finding ten yard sales, two more I could not find by the signs and two more I skipped because I knew exactly what they had and the last time they had nothing I needed.
    I was wore out and uncomfortable when I got home. I almost immediately laid down and slept. It was only later that I got up and took care and photographing of my finds.
    I also sorted my carry bag that has my tablet and check book and crochet supplies. I had forgotten about some of the stuff that was in there. I found a project I had been working on early this year and, after setting it to the side, forgot completely about it. This was to be a roll to hold my crochet hooks. It is about two fifths done. I will have to see if I get back to it. It was stitched with a fine hook and tight and that takes a long time to see any headway. I have learned long ago that I like projects where the beginning and end are close together. If I can do it in one session, even better. I will eventually pick this project up again, but not this minute. I decided to take it out of my carry bag as it was near busting at the seams.
    I messed with a couple in-house projects before it was time to get ready to go.
    A front, or some other storm system, is coming from the south looks like it is big enough to be a multi day event, so I don’t see doing anything tomorrow. I figure I will take the day easy and get ready for the week.
    I really need to get some wood working done. Something has to give.
    I will see what I do next weekend.

 File and compass
 16" serving platters
 Easter jello molds
 a heart shaped jello mold, a splatter screen, some ceder plans for adding smoke flavor to fish in the Bar B Q. they may get used for something else.
Folding storage containers  the two in front are folded.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Year 17, Week 14, Day One (week 900)

Year 17, Week 14, Day One (week 900)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
04-15-17 Saturday
    72 low, 81 high, lots of clouds with a little sun. A breeze sent plastic bags flying. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach Department Of tourism.
Mom heard about a fund raiser for a nautical club I tried looking for it about the time it opened, and later in the day but could not find it. I heard it was a yard sale. Instead, it was inside the building. By the time I got there, after mom gave me detailed instructions the good stuff was gone, from what Mom said. I searched really hard and did not get any kitchen stuff. A Florida Marlin Baseball Beanie Baby and a small lobster stuffy crawled into my arms and I had to keep them.  Mom had picked up a three piece set of the corn shaped cornbread molds. I have one somewhere but not sure where. Have yet to use one. I don’t make corn bread or much anything else like that very often.
    At other yard sales, children's stuff and collectables were the most common items I saw today. One guy was trying to unload a bunch of sports collectables he had gotten from his uncle and was willing to load the truck up with all of it if I would have said I wanted the stuff. He said he would donate most of it. It looked like there were signed baseballs, jerseys, and toys for various sports.
    I learned long ago that we as people, are not collectors. We store the stuff until the real collectors (the ones with big bucks) are ready for it.
    Another yard sale was with a guy who has had them before. I had told him about my crocheting clothing for teddy bears. He had a friend there that did a little crochet.  I brought out the teddy bear. I pointed out the technique I used on the skirt.

I had a good drive along the route. Because it was a holiday tomorrow, most people were not doing yard sales.

When I got home, I napped, and took care of some paper work, and napped some more.
    I really need to get back to wood working.

Year 17, Week 14, Day One (week 900)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
04-15-17 Saturday
    I barely noticed the weather as I was indoors all day.
    I spent time with my niece working on a little laptop I have. Mom wants to run videos and she was having problems getting them to work. When it was all done, there still was problems.
    At home,, I decided to make use of some kitchen gadgets I have accumulated. I had picked up a small roll of ham and used my meat slicer. It had been a lot of months since I touched it. The first slices were thin, but I then decided to try to cut thinner. I was told a while back that the blades that have no teeth will cut thinner than the thick ones. My blades have teeth. I still sliced the ham about deli-thin, which is thinner than I had done in years. It helps that between then and now, I had sharpened the blade.. I learned that the ultra thin meat has better flavor than the thick stuff.. You get more chew and less flavor on the thick meat. One thing I did was to make a couple cuts, then flip the ham over and make a few more, so the “skin on the trailing edge was not being pushed rather than cut.
    I also have a couple of these grilling plates that fit over two burners of your stove. You are supposed to be able to do pancakes on one side, and grill meat on the other. I could have used this a few weeks ago when we had family over. At that time, while it was hidden, if it were alive, it would have bitten my arm off. Dug out a second one from storage and then found the first one as I was placing the second one almost exactly where the first one was.
    I added ham see how it works then. I usually don’t do the type of cooking that would require that much surface to cook so it was kind of fun to play with.
    I laid ham slices and bacon strips on it with both burners at the same temp. It worked, but I found that the smaller back burner has to be hotter to match the overall area heat of the bigger front burner. I also learned that the ham that I got is best eaten raw as it does not fry well. Next time I use this grilling plate, I will make adjustments on the burner settings.
    I had more paper work to do and examine, in detail the inside of my eyelids so no real work got done.
    I have a turning club meeting Thursday. Saturday weather looks good. I hope to get out back and make some sawdust.
    Will see what I do next weekend.

 Front view of two teddy bear dresses I've worked on. the red skirt is supposed to have an apron as the front.

Back side of the teddy bear dresses. I had to put a link from the collar and the waist of the red skirt as it kept sliding down too much. the skirts were made by doing a larger stitch toward the hem, stitching out and back from the waist. 

This is not wood working, but it is a tiny bit of a craft. I did most of this while waiting for people.

Year 17, Week 13, Day One (week 899)

Year 17, Week 13, Day One (week 899)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
04-08-17 Saturday
    72 early morning, 81 late afternoon. Some sun but the sun was mostly behind clouds. A light breeze made it nice. This weather report is brought to you by The City of Pompano Beach Department Of Tourism.
    I followed the full circle of my big yard sale route. I hit several in the northern section and just got carried away in following the southern part of the route. I ended up stopping at 14 yard sales, which included a library book sale. I intended to stop by later at the book sale as they were going to have all the books that will fit in a bag for a dollar. We just never made it back.   
    One yard sale gave me some interesting ideas. They had some teddy bears where the faces and feet were of wood and the rest were stuffed. They were real cute. Their price was more than I wanted to go up to, and they were selling them for half price. I checked on line and it was true. I took pictures of just one off the six or seven others that they had. This one had the artist’s signature quite visible.
    The idea I have is to make wooden faces, and crocheting bodies for them. It will never happen as I don’t have the time, but it is an interesting idea to try.
    At different yard sales, I picked up some garbage cans, a wire paper-towel holder, a fish frying basket for the grill, a set of three nested glass bowls, and a grill pan set for the toaster oven. There was also a wooden rocking chair. I could not pass it up for that price.
    At a yard sale for a church, they had mostly Christmas stuff. They had a bin of metal cookie cutters. I checked and there was about six designs, which I already have.

    After I had gotten back, we all took a short nap, then went out to dinner. We went to a place we heard about, but had never been to. It was called Byrd’s Muddy Waters. It is all a nautical motif and the food was good. One neat thing was that the corridor to the bathroom was all painted black, then had underwater fish and critter scenes painted in glow-in-the-dark paint and they had black lights illuminating them.  I do intend to go back there again.
    I will have to see what to do tomorrow.

Year 17, Week 13, Day One (week 899)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
04-09-17 Sunday
    72 early morning, 79 late afternoon. Some sun but the sun was mostly behind clouds. A light breeze made it nice. The weather considered threatening early on, but held off until the afternoon. We got a “mist.” A cloud considered watering our plants but it mist. This weather report is brought to you by The City of Pompano Beach Department Of Tourism.
    I stopped at a yard sale on the way up. They were not fully set up. It was all I could do to not grab a bundle of knitting needles. I have more than I could ever use, even if I was knitting. She mentioned that she only did it a tiny bit and really did not know how to do it.  I suggested that she get with one of the churches. Some of them have knitting and crochet groups that make things for hospitals, newborn babies and such. They teach how to do it right. 
    I felt lazy and lounged around, listening to the radio and napping.
    Later in the day, Mom dragged  me outside. She was trying to trim her Clearodendron tree and was having serious problems. Her sawsall had little guts, but now it had a stripped gear so it would run but the blade would not move. She said sh tried to use a handsaw but her shoulder told her not to do that. I took out a hand saw and cut the remaining branches. You can put your hand around the trunk as it is small.
    This tree sends up branches straight up and then spreads out. We had trimmed this tree many times and there were nice balls where the branches kept coming out. We cut a few below the ball. I forced myself not to save any of the wood as it is not the best wood to carve or turn. It is a soft weak wood. We broke some branches with our hands to fit in the garbage can. It has a year to send up branches and set flower again..

    I had to go home and take care of some work so that ended my day.

    Will see what happens next weekend.

I saw this teddy bear with wooden face and feet. gives me ideas.
 A bin full of cookie cutters.
 yard sale finds, paper-towel holder, fish basket, garbage cans, glass bowls, and toaster oven pan set
Figuring in front of Byrd’s Muddy Waters in Pompano beach.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Year 17, Week 12, Day One (week 898)

Year 17, Week 12, Day One (week 898)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
04-01-17 Saturday
64 early morning, 79 late afternoon, herds of clouds wandering by at various times. Light breeze took away any heat one might feel. Pockets of cloudiness was also nice for taking away the heat. This weather report was brought to you by The City Of Pompano Beach Department Of Tourism.

    I went yard sailing this morning and hit ten yard sales, skipped two that did not have anything at all that I would ever want to look at, and could not find two from the signs I had thought there was not going to be any yard sales, as I drove quite a distance before I found the first one, and there were areas where there were nothing. They tended to be close together with a drive between them..
    It was a really good workout. While there are rest times between them,, it does wear you out to get in and out of the vehicle, walk to the places which many times one cannot park close due to all the other yard sailors that are parked close.
    I picked up a bench for the front of the house. There were two designs, same price. Each had their advantages. One was said to be made of bamboo, had natural looking wood for the supports underneath and had boards for the seat and boards held by long pieces of “branches” for the back. The other was not as long, but made of commercial wood and was well built. It had legs underneath that were solid and actually holding the seat. It was unpainted.
    I fought long and hard as to which would fit the situation best, and got the sturdy one. Afterwards, I began to think that the other one would have been better as three people could sit on it. this one seats only two. I sort of think I should have gotten both one for the back.
    At another yard sale, I picked up a frame for holding four folding tables. I have a lot of tables scattered around and decided the frame would be put to good use.
    I have no need for cookie cutters.. I have all I could ever need, if I needed any. I saw in a bag of cookie cutters a crimping wheel. I decided I wanted the crimping wheel so I bought the bag. Later in the day, I sorted all my cookie cutters according to their season. Christmas was the biggest, Easter-valentine's day was next, General types, which includes teddy bears, is next. Halloween was the smallest. Actually my metal, which I did not sort, was actually the biggest individual selection..
    At one yard sale, I talked to a guy who had a restaurant. He has had several yard sales, but this was the first one where he was the only one out there. He is clearing out two warehouses. He was telling me he has a couple dozen of those individual-egg cast iron fry pans. I have three and decided I will give them a try this week.  He said he has a 16 inch fry pan that he had gotten for himself. He said it is hard to lift. He has other cast iron pans too. They were not at the yard sale this time.
    In my yard sale visits, I picked up some books, some bowls, some nick knacks, a teddy bear and a double edged bread knife. While I did not need more knives, this one looked like the right kind of bread knife. It has two cutting edges, for depending on what consistency of bread or cake you might be cutting.
    It is rare to have the energy available when there are such a number of yard sales. It is also rare to have the money to feel like you can do more than just a few. Having them come together when there are so many yard sales is great.
    I have a number of projects to work on. It will be interesting to see what I work on tomorrow

(I had a rough night so took the day off and rested.)

The bench, table rack and odds and ends I picked up in today's yard sale.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Year 17, Week 11, Day One (week 897)

Year 17, Week 11, Day One (week 897)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
03-25-17 Saturday
    74 degrees early morning 79 afternoon. Threatening clouds to the north very early clearing to light mid level puffs the rest of the day. Nice breeze sometimes gusted enough to move items propped up. This weather report is brought to you by The City Of Pompano Beach Department of Tourism.
    We had family coming mid morning, so I had to rush my yard sailing. It helped that there was nothing in the northern part of my loop, which made for a quicker drive. At the first yard sale, I picked up some tools and a wheel borrow for Mom. Mom was really happy when she saw it. She had considered buying one new.
    I picked up a few other items at other yard sales. At one I got an alarm clock. It turned out to have problems. I paid a dollar for it so it was not a big loss. That is a chance you take whenever you buy something at yard sales. Most of the time I do very well.
    At another yard sale, I picked up some STARBUCKS coffee bowls and saucers. “My doctor told me I can only have two cups of coffee a day so I got cups I can now follow his instructions.....
    I also picked up some CDs for recipes. These will work on windows 95,98, 2000, XP. I found they also work on Windows 7. I learned there was a web site and it is still there and you can download the software or search for recipes. This software is sort of like a card file, you can add your recipes or download some once you register it.
    I dropped one of my knife blocks and broke it on a corner that was not repaired. I guess I will have to fix it the right way, and on all corners.
    Family came some time after I got home. Mom did most of the cooking, and I fried some bacon and made coffee. I tried something I saw on line, where you start with a cold pan and a little water and let it heat up. The fat renders out and the meat comes out crisp. It worked nicely. To save time, I put some in the toaster oven on cookie sheets the same way and they came out good too. The place smelled great all day...
    After lunch, they left, and we napped. I was trying to recover from a rough night.
    For lunch, we got together and all went out for Chinese food. When we got back, they left again and we napped again. Of course, None of my projects got done.
    I napped almost as soon as we got together. We then went out for lunch, which eliminated any chance of working on any project. It was at Cracker Barrel so we walked the isles, drooling over the old stuff they have hanging from the ceiling. There was a couple items I am not totally sure what they were. I also left a puddle of drool at the cast iron display. There is nothing there I care to buy, but it is fun to look at them anyway. They have pans with pie shaped sections, pans with round pockets in them, pans with corn shaped impressions in them. (I have one of those somewhere but have no idea where) They have tiny pans for single eggs or melting butter (I already have a set of three).  They also had lawn and garden art, toys, preserves, books records. It was hard to leave to go to eat, and then leave to go home.
    I do have some projects to work on and do hope that I will get to them next weekend.

 tools, clock and software I picked up at a couple yard sales.
 the STARBUCKS soup mugs and saucers
wheel borrow mom now has

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Year 17, Week 10, Day One (week 896)

Year 17, Week 10, Day One (week 896)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
03-18-17 Saturday
    64 early morning, 75 in the afternoon. Mid level runways of clouds over the ocean with blue sky over the Everglades early morning, the clouds slid across the sky soon after. Sunny much of the day in the afternoon.  We had temps well below our 56 frost temps during the week. The canals were not quite frozen enough to drive on as it got into the 70s each day, but it was cold enough to bundle up and shiver all morning. The glacier that lives on top the highest point in the county, 29 feet above sea level, did get onto the flats(17 feet above seal level)  around the ancient sand dune it lives on, and tried to move to the sea, but the weather was warm enough to knock it back to the slopes of the mountain. It withdrew to the protection of the summit later in the week. This weather report is brought to you by The City Of Pompano Beach Department Of Tourism.
    The wood turning club meeting was good. We had a good turnout with plenty of projects on display.  We have started mini demonstrations, tips and techniques as an addition to the club. One guy talked about using strap wrenches or even filter wrenches for cars, to grab hold of stuck chucks and forcing them off. They also use them to hold a project in place while decorating a piece.
    Another guy showed a plywood chuck for finishing the end of a bowl. One piece of plywood is attached to a face plate or held by some chuck. He has a drill bit and threader that matches the end of the head stock that the chuck screws onto. He glued a block of wood to the plywood mount, drilled and tapped it. He then had a set of second plates that have different sized holes in them to match the bottoms of various bowls that he might make. He then has a set of three screws to hold the two pieces together.
    I made one of these not long after I got into wood turning, but I had some threaded rod and they were too long. I was short on money and imagination and did not want to cut the rods. When the thing spun around, those rods were out there ready to grab skin or anything else that they could grab. I decided it was not safe to use. I had the rods so I could do works that were very long. What I should have done, was what was recommended in this demonstration. Get bolts of every size they have at the hardware store, and use the shortest bolt that will hold the piece in place. My brother says in his business, he carries threaded rod and a lot of nuts to fit, and will braise a nut on the end and cut it to the length he needs. He could make a bolt whatever length he needed. I have not been making pieces long enough to where such a method needs to be used, but it reminded me of some interesting ideas.
    The main demonstration was embedding items in resin. He used colored pencils, nuts, and other items. I forgot the type of resin he used, but there are resins that will only work thin, and those that work thick. He uses the thick stuff.. The thicker it is, the quicker it will set. He used a hole saw to cut his blanks, and would glue a piece on the bottom to hold the resin in, as it will leak out and go everywhere. That will be turned off later. He would fill the piece up half way and let that almost set, then do the rest, poking between the spaces to make sure no air bubbles are in there. He sometimes glues cardboard or thin plastic around the outside of the piece so he can go above the surface of the wood, since the resin sometimes shrinks as it sets.
    He would then turn them, using a jam chuck, to hold it and finish both sides. With his jam chuck, he sometimes had to wet the wood to make it swell, or add a little bit of wet toilet paper to hold it so he can finish it. It does not take much to hold it. He cut a groove in the edge so he could stick a probe under the piece and pop it out when done.
    One thing he did was used small cups and stick a dowel through the rim. When he used the little ketchup cups to pour his resin he could let it sit on the dowel to finish dripping out instead of trying to hold it and dropping it into the resin as sometimes happened. He also would measure in the mixing cup, ahead of time, the hardener, which he put in first, then the resin, marking it on the side of the cup. He then simply could pour out of the containers how much he needed, rather than measuring it in cups. Of course, after using the cup for a mix, those marks are no longer good as some resin always stays in the cup setting hard, so you have to either throw the cup or re-measure it.
    I don’t plan on pouring resin any time soon, but I can use some of his concepts in projects I might work on.
    I showed off the bowl I made two weeks ago. No it is not finished, but I was glad to have something to show. We have several people who demonstrate at national symposiums and could compete in national competitions. I asked one of these masters about the design of my bowl.  He said I need to reshape the bottom some, but otherwise it is good. He also told me that to superglue the bark on, Mango is a wood that absorbs superglue and will show. He gave me some suggestions on how to protect the wood when I glue the bark on tight.
    I headed out after breakfast on my own. I had nearly finished the North segment of the yard sale route I take before I found my first yard sale. She has had it a couple times this past year. We have not gotten to recognize each other on sight, yet. She had high quality items and the prices were fair. I cannot store decorative stuff so all that was out. I did find a device to pit olives and cherries. It works like pliers. You stuck the fruit in the cup and squeeze the probe through the fruit and the pit goes out the other side.
    I did not find any other yard sales until I got to a squiggly area near the bottom of my southern route. When I get to the end of this section, I head west before heading north. That area seldom has anything. Many times I skip this section quite often if I am not in the mood or in a hurry.
    I had to search for one of them, but I found two yard sales there. One was a teacher who was going to move to a retirement area. She was getting money for a new grandchild in another state. She had a lot of craft stuff and books for children that she used in the classes. I picked up some little boxes that had magnets that held them closed. Years ago, I had made some earrings out of wood, both carved and turned, and used ring boxes to display them. These boxes might be good for larger items. They would be good as gifts if decorated.
    I found nothing again until I got to the area just south of my mom’s house. I stopped and talked to a friend of mine who was having a yard sale. I got a book on gardens around the world which I gave to my mom. Some of the gardens shown in those pictures need more room than the neighborhood my mom lives in.
    I found some other yard sales and did buy a polishing-grinding disk that fits on the drill, a pipe cutter, and a strap wrench. I did a whole lot of driving to find six yard sales. It is nicer to find one in each section rather than finding a whole bunch in two sections with nothing in between. At one point I wondered if there was going to be any sales at all, considering the weather was guaranteed to be good from the beginning of the week. I do love to look at the landscaping people do to their yards, but that is supposed to be an added benefit rather than the main reason....
    During the week, I was near Mom’s house in the afternoon so I stopped over and removed the clamps from the knife blocks I worked on last weekend. Then, I had glued the edges and tacked some thin aluminum to the cracked edges.  Today, I finished the assembly by adding stops to keep the inserts from sliding and adding the rubber feet to them. Then, I decided to test them by filling them up. I must say, there is a little space in them. I think I can get some more knives....... I put mostly kitchen knives in one, and steak knives in the other. Not all the knives I have are in there. My cleavers don’t fit. Wrong design to stab in. The three knives I use all the time are not in there either, and I picked out a fourth. I might pick out one other a bit later.


 Year 17, Week 10, Day two (week 896)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
03-18-17 Sunday
    61 degrees early morning, 84 in the afternoon. Mostly blue sky with some clouds and plenty of sun. a nice breeze helped carry excess heat away. It was warmer outside than inside so we opened the house up to warm it up to something more comfortable. Mom had used heat all week (just high enough to keep the chill off, not high enough to warm the place) and this was the first time she was able to turn the heat off. It helped a lot to let the place air out and warm up.    
    My brother was at Mom’s when I arrived. We started talking about the day and projects, and I told him about the club meeting. Lunch became ready and we ended up talking and got into reminiscing about the old days. Mom told about when she was the child, the farm she visited. It was really interesting. By the time my brother had to leave, it was late to work on any real projects.
    I headed home and took a long nap. I needed to recover from several long nights this week.

    During the week, I had seasoned the tortilla pan and used it, and it worked well for some breakfast wraps. I found that it fits in my toaster oven, and decided to make pizzas.
    A lot of my cooking is what I would possibly call BACHELOR CHEF. That is where you don’t have ANY of the right materials, but you try to make something similar that is tasty too. The idea is to make something that looks similar, and is edible.
    For a pizza, I have nothing that one is supposed to have. I used flour tortillas instead of pizza dough, ketchup as the tomato sauce, American sliced cheese, hot sausage (ok, that is allowed), and diced onions (that is also allowed).
    The first one I made I baked, and it was not quite cooked enough. I ate all of that one and it was good. Not great, but good. I then set the oven to broil and cooked the second one with mixed veggies also on it. I had the time a bit long and it blackened slightly, but the piece I had actually  tasted good. I was full by then.
    I will try that again, but this time try to cook it the right amount. It would be nice to have better ingredients but I never have that in the house...
    I have an urge to make some bread, but the time and conditions have not fallen together. I make it from scratch and by hand, not a bread machine. If I had the bread dough available, I could have used that for the pizza dough. When I do make bread, most of the batch will go into the freezer for later, so the hard part will already be done. As I said, I used what I had available for the pizza. And that pan worked nicely as used.
    I feel a little sad that I did not do any wood working this weekend, other than working on the knife blocks. I will have to add metal pieces on the other corners so it won’t look repaired as it does not. That will be done when the opportunity arrives.
    I hope to accomplish something next weekend. I have more than enough projects to work on.

 strap wrench, pipe cutter, and buffing/stripping wheel.
 little boxes with magnetic latches

threaded pipe and olive/cherry pitting wrench

 repaired knife blocks. the black is a couple thousand tiny rods


 filled knife blocks. right side are kitchen knives, left side are steak and small knives. 
It looks like I need to get more knives,,,,, don't you think????

some of the jewelry displayed at the turning club meeting and part of the demonstration that was given on making resin jewelry. In the center is a pendant and bracelet made of colored pencils. to the right are palm nuts. below is walnut shell with in-lace. Above is also palm nuts and to the right of that is sticks cut up.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Year 17, Week 09, Day One (week 895)

Year 17, Week 09, Day One (week 895)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
03-11-17 Saturday
    68 Early morning, 81 late afternoon. Mostly blue skies though some clouds slipped in a few times, light, almost unnoticeable breeze. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach Department of Tourism.
    I ran most, but not all the full route of yard sailing I follow. I only found seven yard sales, stopping at six, (one has it all the time and never has anything I would want, mostly children’s clothes) even though the weather was predicted to be good all the reports during the week.. I saw signs for one but could not find it as they were missing a sign near their house. I learned later that it was next to a friend’s house,, which did not help me other than to know it was there..
    It is political election season in one area I drive and they have yard signs up. It makes it kind of tough when yard sailing, as you have to look with a bit more care at the signs to make sure they are not political signs. It is helpful that political signs look all the same, blue for one candidate, red for another, so one can pick those signs out easily. Open house signs and rent signs sometimes throw one off, but one soon picks them out quickly also.
    Your sign design helps shoppers a whole lot. These are tips on how to get more traffic to your home. The main thing is the house number and street. An arrow helps and also, a date sometimes helps if the sign is left out after you are done. Also write it big and clear. Walk to the other corner and if you cannot read it, it is too small.
    The problem with some people who use arrows, is they leave off the one that actually points to their street. More than once, I have followed arrows and never found the place.
    Some people set their signs out at night, and then decide not to have the sale or set out later than most of the traffic is out so we search for it and it is not there. 
    Put your signs out on nearest high-traffic road. In some communities, there are sign post sites where people are always placing their signs. That is where regular yard sailors will look first for signs. It also helps to put it on the side of the road that people are to turn.
    Two of the yard sales were people who have had sales periodically and we knew each other. I did not get anything from them. The more a person has yard sales, the more likely their best stuff is sold off over time and there is less choice in the offerings.
    At one yard sale, I saw a book on pasta, and was going to pasta the chance to get it, then I saw a dispenser for drawing paper with a nice thick roll on it. I asked the price and that sounded good. I then grabbed the pasta book (decided not to pasta the chance to get it) and a book on dressings and marinades. I then grabbed up two beany baby teddy bears. I do intend to crochet clothing for my beany babies and give them out as presents so a couple more won’t hurt. At that point I decided anything more that I could find, would be getting carried away.
    At another yard sale, which I had some difficulty finding, I picked up a GAME BOY hand held game unit. I have a whole bunch of games and several players but it was a weak moment and I got it because it was available.
    At a third yard sale, I picked up what I think was a closet rod,. It was two inches in diameter and about six feet long. It might be Mahogany or similar looking wood. My woodworking mind took control and I was sticking it in the back of my truck when I realized I had purchased it. That yard sale had other things of interest, but I am not ready for those items. Maybe in six months. Will have to see.
    After I got home, I grabbed a couple knife blocks that I had disassembled previously to clean. When I tried to assemble them again earlier, they cracked. There was too much bow in the plastic rods.
    I worked some water proof white glue into the joints and clamped the joints tight. The first clamps I found were really long, three footers, I think and were cumbersome to work with as they stuck out so far. The blocks are six inches square at most. I found some the right length about the time I was about done and put them to work.
    I will leave them over night and check to see how the bond worked. I am not sure how strong this glue will be on that joint, and how much glue I actually got into it.
    The reports are questionable as there is supposed to be some weather coming through this week. If the weather is poor, one will not be able to work outside.
    I will see what happens tomorrow.

Year 17, Week 09, Day One (week 895)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
03-12-17 Saturday
    74 degrees early morning with threatening skies to the south and to the east over the ocean. None of it showed after morning. Blue skies and patches of high puffy clouds most of the day. Good breeze to carry any heat of the 80 degree day.  Can’t wait until summer comes and it will warm up....... This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach department of Tourism.
    After lunch at  family started showing up and that took my time. I was also involved in helping with a couple computer problems. That killed any real projects.
    I removed the clamps on the cutting blocks and had to re-glue them and re-clamp them. I doubt a lot of glue got into the joint. I also found a couple of the plastic rods in one joint and figure that was part of the problem with it not closing properly. I re-glued both cracks and reinstalled the clamps. Mom and I are thinking of taking some sheet metal and cutting bands to put around the blocks as a decorative item but mainly to hold the crack shut add strengthen the rest of the block. I figure there is a whole lot of force on the sides when the rods are filled with knives.
    I accomplished little else today, especially not doing any wood turning.
    I have a turning club meeting Thursday.
    I will see what I do next week.

 two books, two teddy bears and the paper roll and dispensor

 The paper roll dispenser has a rod that sits in two notches. a bar on the front is to help cut the paper.
 The disassembled knife blocks with the two rod inserts.
 The drum I made the drum sticks for last week. the upper ones were the ones I made.
I cleaned the tortilla pan using wire brush and sand paper. Water and scrubbing will finish the clean before I season it.