Well, it has been a little while since my last blog entry. The main reason was that I had to have a root canal on Friday and then spent the night at home being looked after before returning to Lyme Regis on Saturday and spending the rest of the weekend in the workshop with my fantastic bench buddy catching up on the panel that we have been making. The root canal went really well as my dentist is a total badass. Seriously she is hard core! Completely focused and determined to get it right and she hasn't made me feel bad about the work that my teeth need after not coming to a dentist for a while. She also explains what she is doing and is really attentive and just fantastic really. Mrs. Hebditch I salute you!
What has been going on this week? First I finally finished that panel on Tuesday evening! Woo hoo! Although I did manage to start planing on the wrong side of the central portion so I had to redo that bit, which meant half an hour spent to get back to exactly the same point I was half an hour previously. Still, it is a good lesson to know when to take a break before you mess something up so I am grateful for that learning experience. Plus I am now pretty darn quick at making centre panels of a very particular size and shape... During the lessons we have been learning how to make all kinds of dovetail joints which has been so much fun! Each one I am learning a bit more and they are slowly getting better. OH! BIG NEWS! I have finally mastered sharpening my chisels! Now every task is literally half as difficult. I am so proud and happy! I now have a little bare patch on my arm that is hairless from where I have been shaving off hairs with my super sharp chisels as that is the best way to see whether they are super sharp and ready to go. I wear this small bald patch like a badge of honour.
So, I will be doing a blog tomorrow and hopefully uploading it the same day, although it is more likely to be Saturday as it takes quite a while to upload things to Youtube. The reason being... well I don't want to ruin the surprise but there should hopefully be some big and exciting news tomorrow so keep your fingers crossed for me! In the meantime please enjoy these photos of my lunch of fish and chips on Sunday, a typical tea break, the progression of my panel and a sunset for good measure.