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Tools down Sunday rent a boat be pirates for t…

Tools down Sunday rent a boat be pirates for the afternoon! Perfect!

#sunday #noworktoday #relax #boat #boatontheriver #broxbourne #hertfordshire #boathire #familytime #wife #son #husband #family #selfie #toolsdown #nowork #sundayfunday (at Lee Valley Boat Centre)
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Sitting on the bench I made at home with my bo…

Sitting on the bench I made at home with my boy and my dog looking at all the veg my wife has grown! It’s a jungle of veg production!

#son #dog #bench #imadethat #garden #jungle #vegetables #family #dayoff #metalwork #woodworking #gardenfurniture #hangingout #metalmachine #hertford #welwyngardencity #lazyday #harvest (at Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire)

Even I have to trim my beard sometimes! It’s a…

Even I have to trim my beard sometimes! It’s a family day today so you’ll just have to look at my face rather than my work!

#metalmachine #hertford #self #selfie #nowork #family #beard

You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To!

2 years ago i could hardly make my bed and to be honest im still not too good at it. I do however seem to have found something i can make. Furniture! In the past two years ive learned enough about metalwork, welding and construction  to make furniture for my own house as well as making tables etc for selling. I can not describe to you the feeling that gives me. Im not telling you this to brag or…

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Now the mists of stupidity have somewhat lifted from my life IE I am not a musician with a will to…

Now the mists of stupidity have somewhat lifted from my life IE I am not a musician with a will to drink the world i am finding more and more that i want to please people. This is a total reverse of attitude from when i was Jim Distortion Lead single of bands. Now i am finding that my calm is providing me the opportunity to see things from the sides of others! This is good and bad there is an upside and a down side to everything of course.

Jim Distortion rock Singer Mode

a different time in my life when maybe i hadnt realised quite how to behave!

With this metalwork i always want to do the best job i can and make the people who will end up with my work as happy as possible but sometimes that can go to far. You have to be careful to know your limits but also understand why you are doing something in the first place! What am i talking about you ask!? I’ll tell you.

When my life was me and a band or me and a bar i didn’t care much what others thought or did as the music was the end product and if people liked the band they would usually tolerate my rubbish wanna be rock star stuff! I never went too far but i had my moments. Now im using my hands to make things i do worry what everyone thinks as im a bit insecure about my talents but also i one person loves what they get then they will show and even tell others what they bought and who made it!

Now caring about all this is great but then it can go to far when you start to obsess about what people think of what you make and by extension what they think of you! That my friends is not healthy! Finding the balance and knowing when to say “Its Done!” is almost as important as doing the best you can.

Why are you telling us this? Well if you are still with me and reading on then ill tell you! Today i stopped ongoing work with a nice man who offered me what i thought would be the occasional welding job to help ease his stress in building his products. What actually happened was i had a sudden and large realisation that it was all too much and that if I was to do this regularly then id have to work before and after my day job every day of every week to keep up. These days with having a wife and a son and also a full-time job all of these would suffer if i kept that on working at that pace.

Above are pictures of the items i made and its a lot of work for a part time metal worker so maybe you can see my point as this was only about half of what needed to be done!

Even though i enjoyed the work and seemed to be doing it well that realisation was important. If you don’t see where you need to draw the line the thing that brought you pleasure would become a chain around your neck and that is when the fun stops!

I value every job I do and if i hadn’t of tried i would have never known my limits but you know what? I am glad i did as now i know what i can and can’t take on and also that its ok to choose yourself over others on occasions. My next project is a Gothic shelving unit for cds and game cases that is shaped as an arch! Keep coming back to see progress on that and all things that i make!

See the things i have made Right Here!

The Trouble With Being Me Is…..

Now the mists of stupidity have somewhat lifted from my life IE I am not a musician with a will to drink the world i am finding more and more that i want to please people.

I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients,…

I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients, talking through their artwork desires. I bought the chair, its ugly but functional! I sit at a desk all the time I am at work when I am not on my feet etc etc. Do you see where i am going with this? We all sit at or on furniture we all have places where we put our books or magazine and indeed places to sit on or at at home to. Furniture is something that you pick for yourself because you like it or it was cheap or it was just something you felt you needed.

I now can make my own furniture. We needed a new table for the entryway in our home and if I was to buy the table i wanted it would be way out of my price range. I said to my wife ill have a go at making it. To her credit she didn’t laugh at me she simply said OK and told me the kind of table she would like and luckily we agreed the design.

It’s a daunting thing making something that will be used everyday by your family or even by a customer as they will be reminded of you every time it does something bad. If it rocks on its legs its your fault! If it is not flat on the table top that is your fault etc etc!

Make sure if you are making steel legged wooden topped tables chairs or anything with a right angle in it you have a few of these:

magnet

You cannot do level straight or true tables or chairs without these guiding magnets! Make sure to keep the edges clean or it wont stay a true 90 degrees!

These magnetic beauties along with a solid metal flat and level surface will mean you can get all your corners the exact angle you want them and that is the key to making great furniture! So now ill show you the table I made. The wood table top was sanded burned stained and waxed so woodwork is even harder than metalwork but the two together I think, look great!

I love the fact that this can now sit in my house and the fact that when someone comes into the place my son stops the person and says “My daddy made that!”

It’s very satisfying to make furniture something people will use constantly and will stand the test of time. I made a console table in the same kind of style to sell which is available should you feel the need to have something now one else in the world has!

Console Table

Hand made by me for use in front rooms or to work on or even by the bed as a night stand!

I haven’t been doing this that long but already I am making things I never thought possible. What ever it is you are doing this shows one thing. If you are serious about your subject you can do it!

I was also asked to make a metal work bench for a customer but that is another blog!

Click on me to see more about the console table and you can own a hand-made piece of furniture that will last for years to come.

Furniture!!!? I Cant Make That!

I sit on a chair most of the day at my job in the tattoo shop when i am not on my feet with clients, talking through their artwork desires.

There is Never Enough Room!

There is Never Enough Room!

I first started my adventure in metal, much to my wife’s consternation, at my house! I have a gazebo outside but that really didn’t work out as everything kept getting wet and rusty. Power tools and water in the great outdoors in really not the one! The old guy who lives next door was always in my landlords ear about the noise to. I wouldn’t mind but i only worked for about an hour in the morning…

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Who and How can you get Help and Support.

Who and How can you get Help and Support.

When i made the decision to get up off my chair and actually learn things. I had no clue what to buy, how to do anything or even where to ask. So i did what i have done my whole life and went to the pub. This time whoever, i went with the thought that as i know a large diverse group of people, someone must be able to point me in the right way if not actually start me off. I was right. My friend…

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Is Metalwork in my Genes? 

I grew up listening to a story about my grandfather on my father’s side and it may explain a few things about what i do. He was in the Navy in engine rooms on big ships he was an naval engineer and  was basically in charge of keeping his ship moving. After a long stint serving he then retired out and was at a loose end and needed work to support his young family.  The only picture i have of…

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Day off everything today! Back to the welding tomorrow. Lilly…

Day off everything today! Back to the welding tomorrow. Lilly our American Bulldog loves to run so we made it happen! #americanbulldog #whitedog #dayoff #park #securefield #freedom #downtime #restday #family