Sunday, 23 April 2017

This is England

We do St Georges day round here, lots of Dragons to slay for my little uns.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thank heaven 2

Pretty much framed now, not how I would usually do it but there is a method in my madness. A chap (haddock) who knows his stuff suggested wattle and daub...lotsa cows in the field behind this so who knows?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Thank Heaven for little girls

My girls and my precocious 3 year old niece have been asking (demanding) that I build them a little cottage for summer, so in between more serious work I made a start today. With the help of my Brother in law (Monkey) we first set some dense block in concrete for founds and then made up a simple frame from 3x3 tanalised we had knocking around. Tomorrow we will frame the roof and then frame up the little clock tower....its not going to be just a simple little house is it?

Friday, 31 March 2017

Suns out, guns out

The boy and I have a little fun, its been a long winter and its good to get out and.....shoot things!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Da Brudders

While working on the Ramones Guitar copy for my daughter I have been thinking about my love for the band and their music, something that has outlasted most other fads etc in my life. The pics here show myself and a bunch of other Huyton boys meeting the brothers Ramone outside Liverpool Erics club in early 77. We were just hanging about town (as 16 year olds did) when we met the band and by getting to know them and humping gear into the club we got in free that night....and what a night!  The sound and the impact of the band that night still reverberates through my life today...who'd a thunk it?

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Johnny Ramone guitar build 4

The paint has been drying for 5 weeks so I decided to get started on the finishing work. Its an easy if tedious job involving firstly using wet and dry paper from 1000 to 2000 grade (making sure not to burn through clear coat) and then polishing with 3 grades of liquid polish. A couple of hours elbow grease resulted in a glass like finish with only small patches of faint orange peel near holes for pickups. After 24 hours mulling it over I decided to give it another going over,so today a couple of hours should see the whole guitar finished to satisfaction and then its onto the neck and headstock.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Shake off the cobwebs

Spring is just around the corner so I've been busy the last couple of weeks doing jobs around here in preparation for the hopefully good weather to come. To make good the damage done by various storms I've quite a few fence panels to make which is pretty tedious and is amongst the jobs we scornfully refer to as haberdashery (it's a builders thing). When I get them finished I can get things ready for the roof to come off part of the house and new windows and stone surrounds fitted....that's more like it!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Political discourse 2

I could and maybe will put these things up for ever. They say small things amuse small minds.......mine is pretty small!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Get cracking

As the world seems ever more demented with its dump Trump nonsense my world revolves around the seasons and as spring is just around the corner it is time to get busy....all hands on deck!

Monday, 13 February 2017

The cooler

My chickens have been laying away from home so are now in chicken jail. If they lay another couple today they may get parole...nobody eats for free round here!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Johnny Ramone guitar build 3

After sanding and sealing guitar body I applied 6 coats of primer over 2 days followed by 7 coats of colour which I cut back slightly every second coat. I'm using nitro cellulose paint to get a vintage look and feel, plus its rather forgiving of heavy handed! Next up is the varnish and then a month to harden off before sanding and polishing, plenty to do in the meanwhile though. My littlest has enjoyed watching me work and has decided to show off her shredding talents at all opportunities......apptly she loves playing along to The Ramones 'I wanna be sedated' a message perhaps?

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


My boy needs to bob and weave...but  he feels a day off school is fair recompense for the eye....his mum doesn't agree.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Political discourse.

If this existed it would be number 1 on amazon, I became immune to the cries of racist and Nazi years ago and happily toddle on down lifes highway.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Johnny Ramone guitar build 2

Its raining outside so time for a bit of indoor work today, so I set to sanding and filling the Mosrite copy I'm making. First job today was just sanding with 240 grade to take out machine marks on body prior to applying grain filler.I mixed up a grain filler/white spirit slurry and spread on body with a cloth and now it will be left overnight to dry before flatting back with 240 again. The body is made of a cheap (rubber) wood and so is quite porous and is going to need quite a bit of work before painting.....better than being out in the rain though.