This morning I made a small adjustment to the father's day present for Dad (it now works!), a fuller, and then attempted my first Skeleton Bottle opener.
This afternoon, I decided to practice a few techniques on a test piece.
I uncoiled some spring my Brother gave me, cut and straitened it, then wired together and forge-welded both ends (successfully!).
I then heated the middle, and twisted the strands together, then re-heated and untwisted a ½-¾ turn, resulting in the classic Blacksmith's Basket Twist.
"Cheese and yogurt were found to protect against death from any cause"
"consumption of a dairy diet of mostly cheese was associated with an 8 percent lower total mortality risk"
I don't even care if this turns out to be rubbish science. This totally validates my diet
Hey! bne.social is working again :)
Off to the Abbey Medieval Festival tomorrow as a regular punter. First time as an attendee in 12 years rather than a volunteer.
I will likely spend a good portion of the day catching up with people, but will have to remember to actually go to some of the demonstrations and talks, as they're quite fascinating usually.
We have a robot at work. Currently doesn’t do much, but it’ll be turned over to some robotics students to program up at the end of the week.
Relented and bought a new Krone punchdown tool off eBay. I'm buggered if I know where my existing one has got to.
This weekend just goes marks the anniversary of Queensland's worst train disaster that occurred on the 5th May 1947 at Camp Mountain about 20mins from my place.
We have photos of various relatives who turned up at the crash to assist with rescuing people, but the State Archive has put together this excellent timeline of events and witness accounts:
Yesterday, after shooting a medieval festival, I got a quick lesson in forging an S-hook from an actual #blacksmith, Wayne.
I did one half, he did the other. Turned out pretty decent (my half is the upper half).
This morning, I forged a hatpin for another friend who is preparing a Victorian Era impression. I even put in a little decorative twist in the middle, and a handy loop in one end.
When I started my career in tech I naively accepted nerd culture, treated it as mostly harmless and did my best to pander to it to fit in, even though I almost lost myself in the process.
20 years on I am still here, grateful to have learnt that being myself is not only ok, but necessary -- through cultivating diverse communities in tech, we can and will do better.