Concentrated Effort

For the next couple of days I am going to apply myself, with concentrated effort, to do all of the things that I know I should be doing but, for a whole variety of very plausible reasons (to me at least) have not being done.
And I have become increasingly conscience struck by my lack of application.
[I'm not doing confessional because it's Sunday morning]  I’m on this website, in my ‘clean workshop’, in the warm, until my pride will no longer allow me to sit here typing: at which point I’ll grit my teeth, gird my loins, put my fleece and my apron on, and go into the (relatively cold) ‘dirty workshop’ and make a start.  :roll: :-?

On Tuesday, I have a gentleman coming to view the ‘matriarch’ Morso, with a view to purchase.  We’ve discussed the matter fully and agreed upon a suitable exchange rate. And subject the him being satisfied with his prospective purchase, he will take the ‘old lady’ back to Worcestershire.  :-D
In the interim, I don’t want to make too much mess in the workshop, as I’ve cleaned and tidied up, prior to his visit. And the Morso is cleaned and awaiting his inspection, under dust a sheet.

So today, I am going to make pens:lol:
Ball-point Pens.  Fountain Pens.  Propelling Pencils.  And Pen Sets.
‘Slimlines’ for the ladies and youngsters
A whole variety of ‘chunky’ styles, for the men.
And each of them with a varied selection of exotic woods.
oak ~ ash ~ sycamore ~ spalted beech ~ rosewood ~ walnut ~ cherry ~ plum ~ teak ~ zebrano.
Probably five or six of each.

That should keep me busy during the remainder of today and Monday.
And on Tuesday afternoon, I can photograph and catalogue them and put them up for sale, here on the website.
So if you’re looking for something appropriately classy and good quality ~ a bit different ~ with a realistic price tag, for presents for Christmas, a birthday, athank-you‘, at any time of the year, come and have a look, under the ‘Turning‘ tab, later in the week.  :-D

A pen selection is now available to purchase: maybe a stocking-fillers for Christmas.
Maybe for a coming birthday, for a friend or family member.
Have a look and see if anything takes your fancy  :-)

Tiger Moth Propeller

Earlier this year I was given a Tiger Moth propeller to repair, and modify, to enable it to hang upon a wall as a display piece.  Not work I had ever done before, though not so dissimilar to many strange pieces which have found their way through my workshop over the years.

This one, manufactured originally from South American mahogany, had served firstly upon a Tiger Moth, and then upon another aircraft, not a Moth but obviously of similar characteristics and fitting arrangement.  The prop had subsequently been damaged on one of its trailing edges.

So the commission was to splice a new piece of similar timber into the damaged area; then devise a means by which the propeller could be mounted for display upon a wall.

The following are shots of the prop in varying stages of repair and modification
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the repaired trailing edge
the original prop as it was when I received it
the eight bolt holes to attach it to the engine mainshaft flange surround the mainshaft aperture.
the new nosecone, turned on the lathe from in-stock African mahogany of approximately the same era.  The spigot is a tolerance fit into the mainshaft aperture.
the finished prop – the oak mounting ring on the rear is to screw it to the wall & the nosecone fits onto the front, covering the fixing bolts which hold the prop to the mounting ring
the full length of the finished propeller. It scrubs up pretty well, for an old ‘un, doesn’t it? :lol:
large as the propeller is, I always find it difficult to imagine how something this relatively small can power a twin wing plane, with a pilot and a passenger, hundreds of feet into the air.

I enjoy doing this sort of work – relatively simple, but not a common commission. :-)  A bit out of the ordinary.  It requires a little thought and the ability to work with quality hardwood species, involving conventional bench joinery, wood-turning and, carving when necessary.  As well as working with the appropriate polishes and finishings.