Apple ipod nano 16gig radio/video

My second childhood 🙂 Just been and bought one


Blue Spruce Butt Chisels

I’ve just received an Email from Dave Jeske Of Blue Spruce fame and here is a pic of the first ever “Blue Spruce Butt Chisels” to make the production line, hopefully I’ll be his first customer to get to use them.

Blue Spruce Butt Chisels shown against the normal size bench chisel.

My set of Butt chisels are being brought to the UK by my broth-in-law who lives in San Francisco, so expect some pics of the very first Blue Spruce Butt Chisel Set to appear here on or about the 16th

I’ve finally got them

After waiting since early October when I first emailed Dave Jeske I’ve finally got them to play with. Dave Jeske has certainly come up with something special and well worth the wait. 🙂

So as yet unused and needing their first honing here they are 🙂

A Close up of the Blue Spruce Logo

Largest in the set

Smallest in the set

Tool Cabinet Remodel
Adding the Blue Spruce Butt Chisels I needed to alter the storage, here’s a pic of the cabinet now


A Few Days Down To Fowey

June and I spent Friday through to Tuesday sailing to Fowey and back to Plymouth, here are a few pics taken along the way. Oh the rough seas we had to endure 🙂

Yes we got a crab on board 🙂

Japaning Page Updated With New Links

There is also a free book download which might help on the subject….

Here’s what my “Home made Japaning” page looks like now with the new links

Here are my Stanley No 5, 6 & 7 all Japaned in the Aga 🙂

Number 5 was a learning curve and really could do to be done again.
Number 6 was pretty good for the second attempt, even though I say it myself.
Number 7 perfection 😀 Better job than Stanley ever did. 🙂


How did I do it? Well I started Here I found it a pretty good guide of how to do it.

A recipe

asphaltum, 2 lbs.
boiled linseed oil, 1/2 pint
spirits of turpentine, 1 gallon;

Mix the ashhaltum & boiled linseed oil first in an iron pot, boil slowly until the asphaltum is melted, then take it some distance from the fire, cool a little, and add the turpentine (avoiding ignition) before it cools too much, and it is finished. It might look quite brown at first but it will darken with age and when more coats that are applied.

Asphalum Suppliers




Early history of Japaning
Click Here

More good guides on “How to do it” Click Here
and Click Here

Free book on Japaning
Project Gutenberg’s Handbook on Japanning: 2nd Edition, by William N. Brown

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or
re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included
with this eBook or online at

Click Here to go to download site

IF the book is not enough there are also five or six YouTube video’s by “Itsnotmuch” all worth watching Click Here to watch video