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Mike Dempsey

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About Mike Dempsey

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    Senior Member, Raffle Sponsor 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Birthday 26/09/1963

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    furniture designer/maker, laser engraver
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  1. Finally got my Border Terrier yesterday. Just over 8 weeks old and a wee cutie. He's a 'proper' dog!
  2. You are better off down the east coast as we dont have any midges in Fife!
  3. Took my daughter who is a student nurse to her hospital placement in Cupar yesterday for a 07.15 start. Went past Kingskettle (home of the famous Singing Kettle) and it was -15C in the freezing fog. It was -6C in Glenrothes when we left. Funny how there can be so much of a temperature difference in about 6 miles.
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    In a normal year about half the kids who go to the local primary school pass the front of my house. It cracks me up to see that the majority of them are obese and they are followed by their big unhealthy obese parents. I have advocated free sports for kids for decades now as the benefits far outweigh any financial costs. The argument against that has always been about cost. This last year's expenditure has shown that where there is a political will there is a way. From every small town upwards there should be big sports barns where sport could be played all year round so that the weather doesn't put people off. I'm not just talking about the football and rugby type sports as well. Everything from sailing to skiing and hockey to scuba diving. Teenage girls love dance. Nothing difficult in organising any of it. The capital costs may be a few quid in getting facilities built, but its creating employment as well. Get kids hooked on sport at an early age and combine it with advice on diet, give them free proper food at sports weekends/camps. Think of the money saved from keeping them fit and active twenty or thirty years down the line. There are also the savings to be made from the social work/criminal justice side, decrease in property costs regarding bored teenagers and vandalism. For anyone who doubts that this will work, I have actually been involved with youth earlier in my life for over 20 years. Property Services Dept in the council gave us £10k to devise some projects over the seven week holidays. They saved more than that due to the reduction in property repairs to public buildings. It was just unfortunate that these projects couldnt be expanded as nobody was willing to fund them. It has to be the way forward.
  5. Looks a good buy at £255 plus the postage
  6. Yes. As part of the first process you can heat the timber inside to 70 degrees centigrade or higher.
  7. Just to let people know, I have now posted up the advert for the saws etc in Arbtrader. Mike https://arbtalk.co.uk/classifieds/category/1-chainsaws/
  8. Just to let people know, I have now posted up the advert for the saws etc in Arbtrader. Mike
  9. Half a tree table would be extremely heavy and would warp and twist all over the place as it was drying out. Still an expensive table but a bit of a fake
  10. Its difficult making money as a woodturner. There are literally thousands of blokes in sheds all over the country with very little overheads, giving stuff away for nothing. This is mainly to do with their wives fed up with their stuff cluttering up the house so its given away as presents. The ones who seem to make any money are the ones who are good enough to teach and write about it!
  11. Are there no outdoor ones near you? I have done lots and even been up to Crathes Castle near Aberdeen (100 miles away) and just north of Inverness (150 miles away). In fact there have been so many I have had to choose between up to 3 or 4 on the same weekends. I got a good 3m squared gazebo a few years ago and have a couple of tables for putting my stuff on. I also got a nice Swift Kontiki motorhome so I dont have to stay in hotels and it gives me a bit more flexibility about where and when I do events. I think at least the first half of 2021 will be outdoors only for me again. Farmers markets are really good place to go and you dont have to be selling food at them for a stall. You need to be a bit creative and think out the box. Wheres your nearest posh town. Lots of folk have money to burn as they arent spending it on expensive holidays and are saving money from not commuting. Get a street traders licence and a gazebo!


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