We do St Georges day round here, lots of Dragons to slay for my little uns.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
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
Thursday, 23 March 2017
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
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
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
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Monday, 13 February 2017
Friday, 10 February 2017
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 idiots...me! 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
Sunday, 5 February 2017
Monday, 30 January 2017
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.