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Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 12:21pm
by Cugel
pwa wrote:My Felco secateurs, a simple and perfectly formed bit of engineering that I have been using since about 1990. Apart from a bit of worn plastic coating on the grips they are in great condition and still cut perfectly. Very occasionally I dismantle them (it?) and clean everything, sharpen the edge with emery paper, and reassemble with olive oil as lube to avoid contaminating plants.


Now I am temptaterated to post pics of beautiful woodworking tools I have, along with verbose and flowing praise for their many fine attributes and capabilities.

But you'd all get bored. :-) Still .............

Planes-1.jpg
Part of the plane fleet


Planes-1-2.jpg
Mammy plane with her snappers


Cugel

PS The ladywife has a pair o' them Felcos and does wax-lyrical about them from time to time.

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 3:35pm
by Tangled Metal
Cugel wrote:
mercalia wrote:
Tangled Metal wrote:If you're ever near me I'll let my border terrier meet you. She's often friendly, and walks off with the wrong humans occasionally. Not that I'm trying to palm her off on you!

PS you don't mind dogs that jump up at you and try to lick you around your muzzle do you? It's just a dog thing but some don't like it.

I dont as they also lick their arses


I've not seen a collie do so. But they are fastidious beasts. For example, they will not tolerate a fly landing upon their sensitive personages and see them orf with extreme prejudice.

But reading your post, I have been thinking I might do more stretching....... :-)

Cugel

Get your lower ribs taken out surgically. It'll possibly help. So I've heard... Ahem.

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 3:56pm
by Tangled Metal
Cugel wrote:
pwa wrote:My Felco secateurs, a simple and perfectly formed bit of engineering that I have been using since about 1990. Apart from a bit of worn plastic coating on the grips they are in great condition and still cut perfectly. Very occasionally I dismantle them (it?) and clean everything, sharpen the edge with emery paper, and reassemble with olive oil as lube to avoid contaminating plants.


Now I am temptaterated to post pics of beautiful woodworking tools I have, along with verbose and flowing praise for their many fine attributes and capabilities.

But you'd all get bored. :-) Still .............

Planes-1.jpg

Planes-1-2.jpg

Cugel

PS The ladywife has a pair o' them Felcos and does wax-lyrical about them from time to time.

That's a messy workshop. Clean up after every session in there. A clean workshop is a good thing. A messy one leads to poor work I was once told

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 4:07pm
by Cugel
Tangled Metal wrote:
Cugel wrote:
pwa wrote:My Felco secateurs, a simple and perfectly formed bit of engineering that I have been using since about 1990. Apart from a bit of worn plastic coating on the grips they are in great condition and still cut perfectly. Very occasionally I dismantle them (it?) and clean everything, sharpen the edge with emery paper, and reassemble with olive oil as lube to avoid contaminating plants.


Now I am temptaterated to post pics of beautiful woodworking tools I have, along with verbose and flowing praise for their many fine attributes and capabilities.

But you'd all get bored. :-) Still .............

Planes-1.jpg

Planes-1-2.jpg

Cugel

PS The ladywife has a pair o' them Felcos and does wax-lyrical about them from time to time.

That's a messy workshop. Clean up after every session in there. A clean workshop is a good thing. A messy one leads to poor work I was once told


The shavings were so nice, fine, translucent, gossamer and otherwise purfek that I couldn't bear to throw them out into the woodburner ignition-fodder sack. The ladywife had to do it.

Cugel, a plane fetisher and fondler.

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 4:10pm
by Mike Sales
Cugel wrote:
Cugel, a plane fetisher and fondler.


I love that sound a nice sharp plane makes.
I have been trying to think of how to render it into print.
"xik"?

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 6:16pm
by Cugel
Mike Sales wrote:
Cugel wrote:
Cugel, a plane fetisher and fondler.


I love that sound a nice sharp plane makes.
I have been trying to think of how to render it into print.
"xik"?


Schorruh. Sgrowll. Skiish.

And here's a queer wee website of plane sounds (planer-thicknesser as well as the hand planes; and saws, etc.).

https://www.pond5.com/sound-effects/1/wood-planing.html

Cugel

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 6:24pm
by brynpoeth
More pictures of woodworking tools please
Still planning to visit the wood (forest) museum and report back, but there is only a train connection every two hours
..
Had a good Woodwork Master at school, he negotiated the purchase of a Hafod not so far from Brechfa for a few hundred pounds (c1970), turned it into a sort of hostel for schoolkids

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 6:34pm
by Cyclops
Boring I know but a tail wind an a downhill. One happiest day We had a gale force tail wind all along the Black Isle to the Cromarty ferry, averaging near 30mph fully loaded. Would have been perfect but for the ferry not operating. :?

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 6:43pm
by brynpoeth
brynpoeth wrote:Positive thread alert, Plus One!
Memories
Free books

I have a little notebook to record clever sayings, thoughts etc
People wonder who I am, journalist, police-shaped-person?
Not sure whether journalists write by hand any more, mind :wink:

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 10:28pm
by iandriver
I'm loving all the replies :D
Think I'll put this thread in my little bag of things that make me happy :D

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 11:01pm
by Tangled Metal
Cugel wrote:
Tangled Metal wrote:
Cugel wrote:
Now I am temptaterated to post pics of beautiful woodworking tools I have, along with verbose and flowing praise for their many fine attributes and capabilities.

But you'd all get bored. :-) Still .............

Planes-1.jpg

Planes-1-2.jpg

Cugel

PS The ladywife has a pair o' them Felcos and does wax-lyrical about them from time to time.

That's a messy workshop. Clean up after every session in there. A clean workshop is a good thing. A messy one leads to poor work I was once told


The shavings were so nice, fine, translucent, gossamer and otherwise purfek that I couldn't bear to throw them out into the woodburner ignition-fodder sack. The ladywife had to do it.

Cugel, a plane fetisher and fondler.

I can understand that. Both good photos. Made me feel happy looking at the planes but I'm not a woodworker so can't understand why.

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 11:42pm
by PDQ Mobile
Tangled Metal wrote:I can understand that. Both good photos. Made me feel happy looking at the planes but I'm not a woodworker so can't understand why.


Planespotter?

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 14 Jun 2019, 8:23am
by pwa
To add to the excellent suggestion of a tail wind, I once did a 200k Audax ride from Bishop's Cleeve, Cheltenham on a very windy day. It was a big mistake. The weather person on the telly had forecast gale force winds and advised against unnecessary journeys, but Audax folk are tough and don't listen to such warnings. For the first 140k or so I had a stiff headwind where I was struggling to pedal the bike even going downhill, or a very dodgy sidewind that had me leaning the bike over and struggling to keep a line. And at each control (check point) I was just on time, with no time to spare.

Then there came that magic moment, where I came to the last section and the route turned a corner and the wind became a pure tail wind. I was cycling on the flat without pedalling. It was as if I had a motor on the bike. Maybe 60k of the easiest cycling followed and I felt very happy. Even so, I resolved not do any more Audax rides on stupidly windy days.

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 14 Jun 2019, 8:33am
by mercalia
pwa wrote:To add to the excellent suggestion of a tail wind, I once did a 200k Audax ride from Bishop's Cleeve, Cheltenham on a very windy day. It was a big mistake. The weather person on the telly had forecast gale force winds and advised against unnecessary journeys, but Audax folk are tough and don't listen to such warnings. For the first 140k or so I had a stiff headwind where I was struggling to pedal the bike even going downhill, or a very dodgy sidewind that had me leaning the bike over and struggling to keep a line. And at each control (check point) I was just on time, with no time to spare.

Then there came that magic moment, where I came to the last section and the route turned a corner and the wind became a pure tail wind. I was cycling on the flat without pedalling. It was as if I had a motor on the bike. Maybe 60k of the easiest cycling followed and I felt very happy. Even so, I resolved not do any more Audax rides on stupidly windy days.


Once had a similar expeience a long time ago cycling from Kings Lynn to Lowestoft Tail wind all the way across East Anglia , got home in record time. I didnt want to stop, but the North Sea stood in the way....

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Posted: 14 Jun 2019, 8:50am
by Tangled Metal
A rather wet and windy ride home years ago (during my old cycle commute days that lasted one spring into summer but ended with summer rains) I got my best time home. It worked out as a 24mph average speed without accounting for stops at lights so included time stopped. That was why miles so nothing spectacular but a long way my best.

However I'm claiming that it wasn't wind assisted because most of the way had a side wind (actually all but the sheltered sections had side winds).

However my best modern commute home was wind assisted and average speed 16. something mph over 7 miles not including stops only moving time. That's 10 years difference in time for you.

Sorry, first was a happy thing, second less so. I'll go before positivity gets reduced!