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Tony Croft aka hamadryad

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  1. your doing well matty! nice bit of ash that, the bowl gouge takes a bit of practice, avoid the tip and back of the wings and you should be o.k, thats where the catches happen, i just bought a 3/4 inch gouge which has enab.ed me to get better with them. I have gotten so used to scrapers they are my main tool and im getting pretty efficient with just a scraper now. Lots of sharpening keeps it cutting clean as a whistle. I use the sorby pro edge sharpening wise, its pucka but expensive initialy, once you have it all its cheap on belts
  2. cant beat horse chestnut burr, very lightwieght though, but stunning once polished:thumbup1:
  3. Ive been turning some similar brown oak, that bench is the nuts fella, well done, and dont take less than 750.00
  4. its true that when the body is losing its lustre it is a hard thing to take but as for the poor wages, well yes im on the same money as 8-10 years ago, but I couldnt earn this much as unskilled labour in any other job!
  5. Amid sized Magnolia that the client felt was once again growing too big for its boots.
  6. can only repeat already said, service is second to none, tree source and summerfield. Jo at tree-source is a gem and grossly under appreciated
  7. thanks fella, gotta get in touch soon for as stock up, chains etc bent thew 56 inch rails, and shredded the belt on my sharpener, snapped some u bolts on the mill, been grafting!
  8. could make a lovely bowl out of that bulbous growth!
  9. nice to see good quality work still getting posted, well done to the last few posters, good jobs
  10. The great tragedy is it was all preventable, but yet again the industry big shots refused to listen to the practitioners (who really knew long before) that it was imminent and advised on how to stop it. Unfortunately there is a vice like grip on commerce and the World trade organisation is all too powerful
  11. argh i see how old is the extension besides it!
  12. So true, I pulled a load of burr pear out of a wood pile the other day, in fact took two burrs of horse chestnut out of another pile 5 days before that and the other day i cut off some brown burr oak (Laetiporus as aposed to Fistulina brown) from a tree stem blocking a farm track! will post some results shortly. also rescues a big arse walnut that was so full of nails as to defy belief, cost me 250 in damage but ended up with so many blanks some upto 25 inches across and al heart! Trying hard to salvage all i can as fast as I can now as we leave for Bulgaria in months, and this kind of timber will be as hard to find as rocking horse manure!
  13. bang tidy, and thats nuff said from me
  14. was it very hot that day? sometimes heat expansion plays the fuel game, release the fuel cap in heat, before spending money or time searching for parts!
  15. I bought a walnut massive walnut for £200 a while ago, paid too much for it i know, knew it was full of nails, kids had used it as a climbing tree, they was all over the place! Must have sharpened my saw 15 times in 5 hours, but working round them i secured a LOT of timber that was destined for the bomfire, sometimes you jus have to use your loaf, they are now bowl blanks, and three of them paid me back
  16. but those big trees also make the rest of the working week a breeze they keep your mind and body trim and able. I love it when I get calls like "oh we have this big oak real spready mother" turn up and compaired to past experience its a wimp:lol: yes freelance is a tough hard game, but it is also what makes us what we are, when the going gets tough the freelancers roll in and breeze it:001_cool:
  17. So the Mrs was threatening a trip to Tesco's as we had run out of sandwich sized plates, Tesco's is a corporation I loathe so off to the shed for some new sandwich platters! Tescos? i ask you:001_rolleyes:

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