Howdy folks, another day and another play in the old workshop, today I made myself a smaller pocket sized pouch/elastic tieing in jig, she is made from a single strip of metal and has an L shaped slot cut into the end using a jewellers saw, that will eventually accomodate the cam lock and ramp that hld the ends in place while you tie up, the opposite end has a single tab cut to hold the pouch in place after tentioning the rubbers.

It really is a simple item to make with the minimum of tooling, to hold everything down firm to a vice or bench top there is a strong magnet fitted to the base.

Let me know if you manage to make one for yourself, thanks for looking BFN.

Here is my design of a shoe press, made to secure the newly glued sole to the upper part of the shoes, this slowly flattens out the glue to create a lasting bond.

Made entirely from recycled materials, fully adjustable for all sizes of last at a cost of around twenty pounds.

Hi Folks

It has been a while since I did a video so here is a short explanation of what I have been up to for the last several months, we have been busy in the allotment and gardens as well as starting a couple of new ventures which we will add in video's to follow, including bespoke shoe making for one of the Uk's leading designers and shoe makers.

In this video I show you my second flexi drive uit that is made in exactly the same way as the previous one, controlled by a single pedal and double acting hand switch, a huge saving over retail prices and in many ways a much better system especially for lower spped control.

Also another hobby that has intrested me is the art of target shooting using the latest craze now sweeping the plant, in a word, Catapults, where I show my version of a pouch tying jig for flat elastics.

Thanks for tuning in.

I made this sharpening system several months ago for my engraving endeavors, she is now fully tried and tested and works a treat, powering the unit is a Parvalux 24 volts DC geared motor, and driven using my bench top power supply which enables the control rate of the motor.
The total RPM at 24 volts is 214.00 and at this speed it gives a nice smooth finish and the slower nature of the motor prevents the smallest of gravers from overheating during sharpening; especially the thinner cutting edges which can easily overheat.

The distance from the white plastic covered platform to the top of the diamond disk is 12.00mm, but you can use many different levels for different tools you are using.

A short explanation of how my leather gauge and it's mechanism functions.

See the final tool in use here,

Over a decade ago I began searching for pastures new, after deciding to retire as a mechanical engineer, I though to myself that after 25 years in the trade where I worked on the smallest of engines like a chainsaw or motorcycles right up to the largest engines from our military main battle tanks, i said to myself there must be more to life than this.

I was lucky to meet up with a wonderful craftsman and seventh generation shoe maker who took me in and showed my the ways of making traditional shoes and boots, you can read my journey here in finer detail,

The cover picture is the very first pair of clogs that I made, and the journey began in earnest thereafter, they are still going strong after more than ten years and ideal for doing the gardening giving excellent insulation from the ground with their thick Elm soles.

A short snippet from a video that I made earlier this year; I built several of these mini greenhouse to help to make the gemination of my seedlings a little easier in a poor spring climate.

For the last couple of years the ever changing climate has created some difficulties in getting seeds to germinate properly, so I built several of these units for our growing group, also an inner high level box within my homemade Dutch Style greenhouses.

I found that when observing others gardens who bought seedlings from some garden centres, they did not do as well as my own heirloom seeds collected and grown here at home.

Many garden centres use specialised equipment that recaptures the Co2 from the exhaust gasses from their heating systems and inject the gas of life to raise the Co2 levels within their growing houses, they also often use the cheapest growing mediums and or composts and force feed the plants for maximum profits,

When you get them home they are then placed out in the normal air and its lower Co2 content and fall back a wee bit before they can acclimatise to your own soil and or mini environment, thus growing them yourself is a much better system, even in the smallest of gardens or balcony.

Did you know that C02 is heavier than air and will readily sink into a well prepared and tilled growing bed, and if you turn in a small amount of charcoal it will absorb the nutrients for the plants right where they need it to feed off of.

Making these smaller growing boxes or cold frames you can gain a couple of weeks over nature because the ambient air temprature inside is raised a little quicker than in a cold greenhouse,unless you heat it fully.

Made from birch plywood and recycled parts, she works very well and will run in both directions. The cyclinder is standard 110 drainpipe and the blue end caps are new from Cooksons off of one of their cheaper range tumbling cylinders.

RPM of the cylinder is 20., the motor and drive belt is from an old photo copying machine.

Here is my homemade solar wax melter for reclaiming my own beeswax wax, she is made from the cheaper grade shuttering plywood and held together with dovetail joints for a stronger unit.

Here we have one of the latest version of engraving machine from parts foreign, what is inside and what makes them tick, a basic rundown of the internal parts and details of the main rotational air valve which is found in many similar devices.

A suitable material for making the core bearing is this graphite filled nylon 66, you could also use

If you have a GRS system they have slightly wider holders, there are two different sizes available, GRS holders are 6.3mm - 1/14".

Thanks for looking.

A very kind subscriber has just donated this Chinese engraver unit, here is my review, so lets see what is inside the little black box and how it works.

Another tools for jewels episode, over the last couple of days I have made several more bespoke sanding sticks on the same lines as the earlier video which I called "The sanding square", let me show you their features.

Further to my original explanation, here I have collated the information into a single video, here is the gravers block completed with my own design of jaw on top of jaw reversed system.

The holding capacity of this 100.00mm self centering 4 jaw engineers chuck with external jaw set fitted is 150.00mm.

Thanks for looking.

Another version of my home made ring holder, this time with a double post and a tapered cam that is powered by the engravers block itself, it is about the most simple setup, no need for threaded vice blocks etc, plain and simple tapered and expandable ring mandrel.

I have been busy the last few days hunting through my bits box and here is what I have come up with, this fairly simple ring holing post setup.

Thanks for looking.

Another couple of days in the shop and another tool for setting jewels, in the form of this set, the handle is made from stripy ebony with a Sterling silver ferrule with its textured finish which catches the light as it is moved around, the pin chuck is an old Eclipse 123 model that I already had which was given to me by a freind after her father had finished with it and lots of other tools, too many to mention, which have come in very handy during the many projects I have how so far.

In this video I show how I made one of the cutter chisels from start to finish and how to harden tool steel with a blow torch and water.

Thanks for looking.

A few more engraver tools and jigs for making everything a standard system.

Howdy Folks

Today is a wonderful Indian Summers day here in Yorkshire England and sees me in my workshop making and altering some of my own tools for my jewelley working projects, here I explain some tips and tricks to make the journey that little bit easier as you work.
Here I show my brand new piercing saw that I have made recently from some spare off cut material I had from other older projects.

As I begin working out how to equip myself on a budget one soons learns how things work and potential pitfalls as they materialiise, here is what I have been doing over the last few days since my previous video.

There is new ideas and items to come in this subject which I am currently working on, plus a new vice kit for holding many different shapes, all on a budget for those who cannot afford the pro kit.

This is how I shape and work metals using my homemade woodturning lathe, with a little injenuity and a few old world skills it can be nearly as quick to turn some kinds of metals as fast as a dedicated metalwork lathe, especially brass, the wood lathe also gives you complete freedom of expression when turning and shaping compound and or complicated curves.

As the title says this is my final synopsis upon the reciprocating type engraving sysytem from an engineering perspective.

I have now feel I have finally exhausted where I want to go concerning this type of system, the next stage is to build a veriaty of different work stations with different power sources, namely compresed air, by either in inbuilt supply on demad or an external source, price permitting that is, So can anything be different to what is already out there, the answer is, not much, however!, the guises and superstructure can be similar, as nothing is really new under the sun as they say.

What can be different is a much better supply of open source and easy to follow drawings for those who simply do not have the wherewithall to begin in this niche market of, and what become/s expensive toys in the hands of the hobbyist.

This I endeavor to change if I at all humanly possible, so it opens up the arena to potential craftsmen and women lying in wait, who would like to have a go but cannot afford it, or by buying cheaper label knock off's, only to find they still cannot get ahead due to poor workmanship and poor engineering, that does not last more than a few weeks at best in some cases.

There are so many different video's out there which on their own do not give the complete information which in turn can actually stall any forward progress one likes to make, so keep watching and see what we can develope together,

If there is anyone interested in detailed drawings of how to make the hand graver themselves, drop me a message at

thanks for looking.

Part two of my homemede prototype hand engraver system, at last I have something working, or a working prototype with which to take my project towards completion, I made a couple of major changes and she now cuts nicely, albeit a tad slow but will be good for the smaller projects I have in the pipeline.

My first atempt at an engraving handpiece with a rear push button for the air feed, this is to help those thinking of making a device for their own use.

This is a follow on from the video where I built my own horizotal sharpening wheel, to complement my new project I have made my first attempt at making a pair of templates for guiding the shapening of the tool or graver rod/s.
I may make several more jigs for doing different angles and techniques as I go, when I do I will share them with you all, and hopefully you can have a go at doing something similar.

Another update on how our garden has faired this summer, it is now August 12 2019 and the evening sun is quite warm, the harvest has almost begun and the fruit and vedge is beginning to roll in, the apple tees have done well again this year yet the pear tree is devoid of the bulk it had last year which we made several gallon of cider from, infact we still have three gallon left and boy is it well potent now, it is beginning to grow legs its that powerful.


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Welcome to Shedlife a journey that begins from the tiny Market Town of Richmond in the North Yorkshire Dales, the mother of all Richmond's across the world, with it's old market town and Norman castle standing firmly by gaurding the gateway to the Swaledale Valley, well known for it's labyrinth of old tunnels and lead mines which once sent lead to protect the roofs many of the leading houses of Europe.

This is our homemade world, a way of life gained over many decades, as the life long professions began to dissapear from the paradigm we began making our own, here is that story and journey, one mans hands and what they have managed to create, our vision and how things might be.

Since my early days as an engineer and small engine expert my passions and intrests for all things self sustaining have grown exponentially, especially in the learning from and sharing freely with others, "New Skills" skills that would bring about true savings and a form of stability that our forefathers and early ancestors had honed to perfection for their very own survival.

There is a saying that to know what to do is Wisdom, and to know how to do it is Skill, But to help others who want to help themselves wherever possible is one of the greatest virtues of all and equals freedom for all who reciprocate, because if we cannot help ourselves then we cannot possibly help another in need or those who may ask for it, this spell we might try to break if we are to be free agents of our own change, and truly free ourselves from the strings of governance that currently divide and rule us.

If those with the knowledge cannot find the time to share it, then it becomes a terrible human waste and more often than not, shows ones own insecurities in this world and all there is science, and those without the right amount of real life skills are akin to a navigator without their compass or bank manager without a pen.

In the coming months we will be sharing with you all of our new found skills and creations, and hopefully a new venture where we teach our skills and knowledge with those who can see a more sustainable and creative future for themselves, and as always, take care and thanks for tuning in.

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