Half a pound of tuppenny rice

A few random ingredients from my last few day’s work.

Seen one of these?  Know what it’s called?

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Well apart from a pair of chainsaw trousers, it is a nail acting as a button, fastens your braces (suspenders) to your trousers.  We call ’em a joiner’s button.  Make sure you take them out before they go in the wash – could cause unpleasant disharmony at home.  Mind you if Stihl made their buttons as well as they do their saws it would be very helpful – I’ve used all the spares that came with the trousers (about 2 I think).

I’ve been preparing to make a picnic table with two benches.  It has to be like some the estate have put on the banks of the Wharfe in their car park.  Firmly attached to the earth – the table sits on two 6 inch fence posts and likewise the benches.  However, I’m not doing the tops in treated softwood, oh no my readers, oak for that.

I sometimes miss young Theo, he was a great boon on two handed jobs like hauling a butt onto the trailer.

Lugall

Heave ho!

At four foot long and about 20″ diameter this butt weighs quite a lot. No the Lugall winch is not fastened to the trailer with that orange bailer band. There’s a strap going down to the tow bar through the grill. Lot of fussing back and forth, work the winch, move the rollers, move the winch, kick the tailgate, work the winch, and so on.

Getting it onto the milling dog is no joke either, especially rolling it round to get the right attitude on top for the first cut.

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I use an Alaskan mill and a frame to get the first cut.

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The first cut is the fussiest, except for the second one at right angles to it.

And I must say the big old Stihl 66, though a little scary, doesn’t complain about this heavy labour I bought it for.

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The milling spread over two days, I can only stand so much at once as the dust is filthy stuff, very fine and mixed with the vegetable oil (sunflower currently) I use for the chain lube. Everything you touch turns light brown.

Anyway, watch this space for more adventurers in picnicing.

More gentle work is stripping bast from elm saplings. A couple of felled stems were lying around and I noticed epicormic buds appearing, so I tested for bark stripping. Yes! Quite a few rolls for a future seat.

The timber will make good mallet heads.

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The stripper

I finished the new sales display stand, or whatever it might be called.  At least it looks different, and a change is as good as … well.

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On the rapidly developing flower offensive Heb Paris looks about ready to bloom from its four leaves.  This just looks like an invitation to copy into a gouge-work motif.  Reader, that’s why I took the photograph.

SAMSUNG CSCI found these lil yellow and green flowers on a lunchtime stroll.

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They are yellow star of bethlehem, apparently Strid Wood is known for them.

I like the contrast of new plants growing from the flood banks of the Wharfe.

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Dock

And the sun shining on the glossy ramsons.
SAMSUNG CSCBut probably this week’s Number One is this little bunch of violets growing in the river bank below my woodland staff restaurant.
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APF swag

I managed to be pretty restrained at the APF show in my shopping therapy.  I’d gone with the intention of buying a filing guide, and that’s what I got.  Didn’t even buy a coffee, but had to buy some breakfast cereal (thanks  to Mike for bringing that in!) as I forgot to bring it. Here’s the guide:

I’m a Stihl man meself, but a friend of mine, Ed Kyrk recommended this little gizmo, it was recommended to him by someone throwing his Stihl file guide in the burn and giving him the Husqvarna one to use.

This is how it works:

The guide is a little saddle which fixes the angle as two notches sit on the bar/chain, the clear plastic jobbies are rollers.  The whole set up moves in the vertical axis with the chain so you don’t need to angle the file in the horizontal plane.  The magic is though, you can see exactly what the sharpened link is looking like AND the file can roll.  I started using it as I’d seen Ed do, without a handle so it would roll.  That was a bit uncomfy so I thought I’d try the red handle (good colour, less likely to disappear on a shaving covered floor).  Turns out the handle lets the file roll too.  The guide for the depth gauge on the chain , as you can see has two depths, one for hard wood and one for soft wood (eh?). All in all an excellent £13 worth.  You used to be able to buy the guide on its own, but now it comes as a set.  RECOMMENDED.

Away from the razor-sharp and noisy world of chain saws (and we heard enough of those 400cc competition screamers at the APF!) the single nasturtium outside our front window has grown into a giant – take a butcher’s* at this!

* Cockney rhyming slang – butcher’s hook – look.