Monday, 9 May 2016

Teddys' Avons

The 'Whipping' tool turns into a Lathe
cutting 2" of 1/2" Balsa wood dowel and drilling from either end
then super gluing a BBQ skewer through
 before sanding with a Nail file sandpaper board

 just to descide tip and stem length then seal, paint and varnish don't think I'll whip an eye on but use a thin silicone rubber top and bottom to hold it on the line.
Work in progress.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Reed Floats part 2

Thought I'd have a play with my new 'Whipping' tool
but first I made some Bobbin holders rather than keep swaping cotton

 then I had the idea to make them semi self cocking to save shotting on the line

Here's the first batch
Just thought I'd share

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Reed Fishing Floats

Decided to make a batch of Reed and BBQ Bamboo (skewer) Floats
So an Expedition for some Reeds
Think I've enough
needed a holder to keep them organised so while Mrs QDanT was out took over the Kitchen
then back to the front room
the Bamboo tips and stem glued in with Super glue
came up with a Mk2 mod for the holder
used thin Brass picture wire wrapped round a nail to form an eye before whipping on
painted the tip with Acrylic white then x2 coats of Fluorescent Orange then painted the whole Float with clear two part Epoxy,
it said 30 minutes working time but after 5 minutes it was like trying to paint Snot so I only mixed a little
and painted them x4 at a time any left over, painted on the next eye whippings to give me somewhere to hold when dry

While making these I found an Oak gall and made one out of it, it turned out well so :-
I went out on an ‘Oak Apple’ expedition and managed to find some down the old disused railway line and seen as this was near the ‘Punchbowl Inn’ sat out in the sunshine for a few pints and a pipe thinking about making the eye whipping easier. Back home and down to the Shed and a route in my ‘scrap (it’ll come in handy one day) bin’ then out with the welder to make :-
 lots of control being hand turned

and the Oak apple lends itself to beeing drilled through by already having one hole in where the Wasp came out
 with it threaded through the Oak apple I used the 'tail stock width of 2" to cut the extra Bamboo off then a drop of Super glue, a coat of white Acrylic and two Orange, it was then coated with two part clear Epoxy, as the Reed Floats
It lends it's self to doing some fancy whipping to re-enforce the Reed floats, here's one waiting to be painted orange then this time I'm going to try Yatch varnish as the top coat instead of Epoxy

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Have Bus Pass will Travel !

Mrs QDanT left for the shoe mines/handbag quarrys with the girls this morning Free Time
Rummaged through the fridge/freeezer found some rib-eye packed the Trolly
out to the bus stop with my over 60's free pass asked the driver for the nearest stop to Greeberfield locks please, just ring the bell where you want dropping off his reply (this might ? go big with a click)
 Being an OAP it's only £6 a year to fish from the Anchor Inn to Bank Newton top lock, with the Cross Keys Inn just over 1/2 way,
Had a look round Greeberfield locks

 then headed back the other way
 Flocks of Curlews flying round squeaking

Moorhen very busy
Passed under the road bridge I was going to walk back on, to a dissused canal wharf building
 I'll huff and puff and push your wall down said the Sycamore tree
 charred punk wood from the Fungus Ear Cafe post
 Lit with a spark then a Sulphur match stub
 and some Birch bark

another Moorhen opposite
Peas, Carrots, Smash with Nutmeg and Rib-eye
With a South African Pinotage
Then a pipe of Balkan mix

Then back along the road to the bus stop and a free ride home