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Size isn’t everything …

Workshop space, for many, can be at a premium. For the hobbyist and the professional the hunt for workshop space can be a genuine problem of finding any and/or using it efficiently. Assuming that you have found the space you like

Posted in general musings, workshop

Something a little different …

Recently I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Deeds of Arms on their 1805 cannon project. There is much more to come from the project, but phase 1 has been about researching, equipping and making a cannon and

Posted in 19th century, blacksmithing, general musings

Blazewear X5 Heated Insoles review

An unusual review this time, the Blazewear X5 heated insoles. At the end of last year I discovered that I unfortunately have gout. Constantly working in a cold environment can be a major contributing factor to extremely painful gout flareups

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Simple belt and disc sander clones

Getting a smooth or consistent line along a lame edge or other end of sheet can prove tricky when rushed or tiresome for those that would prefer to get the job done speedily. Hand filing is a skill like any

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Product Review – Makita 9554NB Angle Grinder

I used to buy cheap angle grinders from my local Wickes. These would generally only last about 9 months before they broke and had to be replaced – under the year long guarantee that came with them. Typically the lock

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Online Research help

Research is pivotal to the modern armourer’s work. Without it, the often, subtle changes in shape, aesthetic and thought created in the original pieces are all too frequently missed. As soon as general decade long changes are negotiated, you start

Posted in general musings

QEST – Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

I am frequently asked about why I became an armourer, what support I received and how it all came together, I hope this helps and pushes the fine efforts of individuals and organisations that have and are helping me forwards with my

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Product Review – Swarfega Duck Oil

On all steel products shipped from the workshop for customers I will regularly use Swarfega Duck Oil as the last coating before being packaged and sent out. Duck Oil is essentially Swarfega’s brand of 3-1, which works just as well.

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Product Review – 1mm Slitting Disk

In the past I used 3-5mm cutting disks in my grinder for cutting sheet and bar stock; however since running across the 1mm slitting or cutting disk I can’t remember ever using the older, thicker ones at all. The 1mm

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Product Review: Makita Metal Shears

The Makita Metal Shears get almost daily use in the workshop. For the most part against 14/16/18g Mild and Carbon steels;  have not tested them as far as the JS3200 specifications claim: Makita part no. JS3200 Max cut in mild

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