Shine a Light

Its starting to feel like a proper film studio at the moment we have released one video a week for the last four weeks and there are a few more to come.

This weeks video shows how to make an Adjustable Wooden Desk light. The project  started as a need for a new bedside light and grew from there, into what becomes a product. In the past I haven’t kept products in stock for sale, instead customers ask me to make things for them, one off bespoke items, I don’t keep products in stock. However that’s starting to change and this will be my first “Stock Product”.

These products wont be available forever, I shall instead be making very small runs of each design, and when their all gone that’s it. That way I don’t get bored making them and gives me a chance to work my way through an enormous backlog of project ideas.

So have a look at this weeks video about a wooden light, next weeks video is for an unusual lampshade to fit, so if you want to find out about that remember to press subscribe. If you would like a own of the very few lanterns to be made then go to http://www.fitzrobbie.co.uk/acatalog/Tom-Green-Lighting.html

 

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A Useful By Product

Sometimes you stumble onto something good by accident, and you end up with a result you didn’t expect which far exceeds your expectation, and that’s where I am with Vegan Gravy powder.

If you have read my blog before you will know last year I made a smoker / dehydrator in order to make smoked paprika. (look on the Heritagecraft you tube channel) This project became public knowledge and I ended up demonstrating it at the Enfield Food festival, unfortunately the peppers for paprika weren’t ready, but the farm holding the festival had a surplus of tomato’s and so smoked tomato powder was born, which has transformed our cooking ever since.

Now it so happens that several members of my family have food allergies and one of the biggest issues is gravy powder, the one version we used to be able to buy has been discontinued by the manufacturer leaving us gravy less, so as the old proverb says “Necessity is the mother of Invention”.

Following a period of experimentation our home made gravy Powder is ready. A combination of Tomato, Mushroom, Onion, and Golden Beetroot, all smoked, dehydrated, and powdered, and mixed together with corn flour acting as a thickener. The end result is a gravy powder which is natural, without any additives or salt, but also happens to be Vegan and Gluten Free.

Best of all it tastes good, and all because the Peppers weren’t ripe. Now you can watch the video, and in September you can buy the book .

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Norfolk joins the Space Race?

There is an old saying that suggests a prophet isn’t revered in their own land. Now whilst I wont try and claim to be a prophet I can understand the sentiments and its a message that’s been brought home sharply with this latest project.

I think I have made the perfect Garden Seat. Following months of research, coupled with years of experience, I have ended up with what I think is the perfect combination to suit my body shape and requirements.  The seat is at the perfect height, sculpted to suit, the back gently reclines, with an armrest perfect for my cuppa. All contained in a discrete shelter with an elegant roof. Perfect I hear you cry.

My dearly beloved who hadn’t seen it since the early stages of construction, rounded the corner at the bottom of the garden and exclaimed ” Its a Bus Stop” . Its not like any bus stop I have ever seen. My neighbours watching me transporting the carcass from my workshop, thought it was hilarious to ask if I was building a rocket. Oh how we laughed.

I get the last laugh, they have all tried it, now their experts, and have all come up with potential improvements, cup holders, foot rests, headrests, Solar powered lighting,  it hasn’t occurred to them I cant do it, but then it never occurs to me either. Enjoy the video

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Trendy At Last

In need of a present for a young lady with a strong sense of style I decided to make her a handbag – that’s not so unusual in my world I have made a number of handbags but its fair to say none like this.

The young lady whom this is intended for is a very creative person, a musician with its fair to say a dark sense of humour, and despite trying to hide it under a goth exterior she has a country and western soul. Never happier than when singing songs of gloom horror & heartache.

A perfect excuse for me to try leather carving on the front of a black bag, which I am led to believe by my Fashion Consultants is on trend and now described as Prairie Chic. Who knew – I’m trendy don’t worry it wont last.

Click the link above to have a look at the video and see how I got on. I’m rather proud of it, unfortunately my next handbag customer has seen it and is a fan of Art Nouveau, so I may regret ever starting down this road.

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Romance for Middle Aged Men

Last year I did a series of Videos entitled “The Grand Romantic Gesture” in which I put forward that well known fact that the most Romantic People in the world are  Middle Aged men. Unfortunately this well known fact is occasionally misunderstood by Middle Aged Women, particularly those who have been in a relationship with said maidle aged men for many years, and shall we say the romance is simmering on a low heat.

I then go one to suggest what is needed is a Grand Romantic Gesture, something magnificent, something which the recipient of our affections can proudly hold up in front of friends and family as demonstrable proof that there is still fire in their relationship. Impressing them and making the jealous at the same time as their husbands haven’t made such a gesture in years.

The videos go on to show that by crafting something by your own hands, you can create a very personal gift, which will delight your beloved, and meets all the requirements of the Grand Romantic Gesture. However I then go on to show that with a little bit more work you can get 4-5 presents out of this one, and so you have just solved a years presents dilemma. Every mans dream.

Away from work I frequently find myself waiting in a small group of usually middle aged women, waiting for someone to do their thing, so we can then come along and do our thing. Its a long story. If you ever want to get a spirited discussion going to pass the time, my well known fact about Middle Aged Men and romance is a sure fire hit. Add to that the occasional emails I receive mostly from women who have seen the videos, and it would appear us men still have a way to go.

The urban myth of a man buying his wife an Ironing Board for Christmas, apparently isn’t a myth, it does happen, along with Washing Machines, Ovens, and Irons. I have been told my young man who gave his new girl friend a voucher for Pole Dancing Lessons. Putting aside any possible views on pole dancing, he didn’t have enough sense to have a public present, and a private present. He only had the one present and it was given in front of her full extended family at Christmas. You can imagine the response.

I was told that tale by the boys mother who had done her best to talk him out of it, but you wont be surprised to know he didn’t stay the boyfriend for too much longer. The following Christmas with a new girl friend he had learnt from his mistake, and instead gave his new girl friend Auto Club Membership, so she didn’t have to keep phoning him up when she broke down. There are two ways you can look at that, he certainly was solving a problem for both of them, but if you were the beneficiary would you be impressed? Is it going to make your heart beat faster?

So now I’m trying again, to bring romance back into your lives, with a new series of videos, an even easier way to make a your dearly beloved a very personal present reflecting their hobbies and enthusiasm’s, a present that is unique, made just for them, no one else will can have one, and if that doesn’t shout ROMANCE I don’t know what does . What can it be I hear you cry, for now it must remain a guarded secret , although I can say it starts off with me pressing flowers on camera, something I didn’t think I would ever find myself doing. The video is coming soon so press subscribe and be the first to find out the sure fire way to bring romance back into your life.

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Taking the shed for a walk!!

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Another lovely day and time for another project, this time a sheltered Garden Seat.

Without any thought to our own personal safety, risking being infected by the pernicious “Gardening Bug” my dearly beloved and I have for several months been visiting Garden centres across the South East of England, ostensibly to look at plants but really to undertake secret and extensive research on Garden Benches.

Finally after many hours of painstaking, and in some cases painful study, we have arrived at the dimensions and design for the perfect Garden Bench. Not only the seat height and depth, but also the shape, the springiness, the height of the back, and most importantly the height of the arm to support in order to rest an elbow with a cup of tea. But finally and much amusement from passers watching our deliberations we have arrived at a finished design. and so the Garden Shelter was born.

I took the opportunity to use up some surplus left over wood , and so the whole project comes in under £40, and that was just for the paint.

Our picture at the top shows the shelter carcass being transported from the workshop to the garden, before the roof shingles were fitted, and paint applied. When you look at the picture you could quite see it appearing on some comedy quiz programme with contestants being asked to come up with a witty title.

So why don’t we get in first. I have had my go see if you can come up with something better. Any suggestions ?

The final picture shows the painted shelter and Cedar wood roof shingles but without the perfect bench installed, for that you will need to wait for the video. Remember to subscribe and you will be one of the first to find out, alternatively you can go to You tube and look for Heritagecraft.

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What makes the Perfect Handbag?

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As someone who stitches leather I have made more than my fair share of handbags, and the picture shows my latest, Not my usual style but I fancied trying something new, which my daughter assures me would be described as Prairie Chic by Harpers Bazar. I take her word for it, what do I know.

What I do know is whenever I am making handbags they always cause arguments. No matter what I create, it will be wrong. Now I don’t have a parade of visitors to my workshop, just a few women have access, but if they cant agree on whatever makes the perfect handbag, how can I be expected to make it.

Apparently whatever size I create is wrong, some women want a bag so captious only Mary Poppins carpet bag would suffice, others want just enough room to carry a credit card.

Handle length causes real arguments, and don’t start on shoulder straps. If your holding a bag how low should it hang? Knee height – up or down? Then we have strap width. I am told narrow straps are elegant but cut into your hands ( how much weight is in this bag?) Wide straps spread the weight but are ugly.

Then we come to add on extras. I have been told every bag needs space for an easy accessible water bottle, a phone pocket, a secure card pocket, a pen holder, whilst retaining the bags inherent elegance, with severe restrictions on weight. Apparently the contents weigh more than enough so the bag has to be Gossamer light.

So help a poor man out. I don’t use handbags, I just make them, and for once it would be nice to make one that more than 2 women agree is OK, I will settle for OK, we can aim for good. If you were writing the specifications what would be the perfect Handbag?

 

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