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  • Birthday 07/13/1944

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  1. Thank you for noticing that. I had missed it and it won't be there for very long. The rest of it is quite smooth and shouldn't be a problem. It was quite fascinating to see the different features qppear as it was being turned. It's always the same because when it's spinning you can see the shape, but it's not till you stop the lathe that you see what it is really like. Obviously, every one is just so different.
  2. I was asked, by a lady who teaches crochet locally, if I made yarn bowls. I had looked at them online and wondered. After she asked I decided that I had a part finished tulip tree wood bowl that might just fit the job. It had a large-ish fissure in the side that would transform into the 'slot' for the yarn and all it needed was the hole at the bottom end. I now have, what I think is, a lovely yarn bowl. The grain is always lovely on tulip wood and the reason that I have never got fed up with wood turning, even after 25 years. With the unbalance caused by the fissure it was not an easy bowl to turn! The wood came from a tree that was poorly and being felled. It was on the banks of the Canal du Midi near to Carcassonne, Aude, France near where we used to live. It's now the time for the most difficult bit and that is deciding how much it will sell for ?? It really is round, but the dip in the side on the second photo makes it look as if it isn't. The size is 7 1/2" diameter by 4 1/2" high
  3. Hi ladies, I was looking in at Granny S' reply to a post of mine and saw "virus blanket" and thought the worst? But it is a lovely concentric pattern isn't it. It seems to me that the only restriction is the mind of the person with the hook πŸ˜ƒ
  4. Don't worry about not understanding Glaswegian Granny S. I don't either half the time. Geordy or Scouse are similar. Search on them πŸ€ͺ One of the blokes I worked with when I worked as a mainframe hardware service engineer, a little firm you may have heard of, IBM, He was from Aberdeen and his accent after a couple of pints made the Glaswegians sound like the Queen's English 😡
  5. I tend to use both but much favour Imperial. I can see 3/16ths in my minds eye, but 4.5mm 😟 Just as a matter of interest you still didn't get the date correct for this side of the pond. It should have been 12/4/20 or 12th April 2020. 😍 πŸ™ƒ
  6. I really love the measures still in use around the world. I'm not digging at you JoPeep, but so many times I see, and use, Imperial and metric in the same measurement and it reminds me of a story told by a friend after he had been to a wood yard. He had asked for some 2" X 4" wood and wanted 10'. The bloke told him it was sold in meters and he got what he wanted, but when he asked the price he was told that it was 10 pence a foot! He swore bling that it actually happened and I believe him. As for your hook. The most important thing is that YOU are happy with it and it's comfortable, so good for you lass. Comfort beats fashion hands down every time and as a right scruff, but comfortable, I know.😍 Just look at my avatar.
  7. Hi Granny S, no not quite. It's the thingy for winding the shanks off of the spindle. Thank you for the gen on the hook length. Things like that make it a lot easier to get it right.
  8. Blimey JoPeep, that hook looks more like a boat hook! That style of hook is just as simple as any of the hooks that I have turned, but it would be slightly less bumpy, I hope πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ I have arthritic hands and wrists and the pens I do are that form in order to make them a lot easier to use so I can understand the reasoning. What sort of length are the hooks you use. As I said before, I am a complete thicky on crocheting but learning quickly, I hope? Also, earlier in the thread I said about being interested in the spinning side also. Well, I am now the owner of a fairly rough and ready book charkha. I made it as a try-and-see to find out how it works? This is it All I have to do now is to learn to spin 😱😱
  9. With the world in lock down not much happening, but hey-ho, that's life at the moment unfortunately!
  10. No worries on that one BP. There is a thread on spinning in the Special Crochet & Fiber Techniques So I put a thread in there, but thank you for your help anyway. The metal hook is a lot easier than the way I did it and that's probably why? I think that mine looks nicer though πŸ€“ I seems there is as much variation in drop spindles as there is in the hooks 😟😟
  11. Hi ladies, I hope that you don't mind me butting in? I have been active on the Hook forum up till now and after a nose around I found this one. For those who haven't seen any of my posts I am a hobby/passionate wood turner and I have just started turning some crochet hooks I have been turning for 25 years now, but only as my hobby. I have just turned a one piece drop spindle and have been looking for some information on what they are? So, it appears that the one I have done is a top whorl? I hadn't realised there was so much to this lark! And as I didn't want a metal hook on the top I made it into the top of the spindle. Now, my question is, once I have put a small slot in the fly wheel to stop the yarn from slipping do you think that the hook will work OK. It's very easy to thread the yarn into it and using a length of green ex-army string I have given it a spin. It seems OK to me, but ??? The whole spindle is 7" long. Any ideas please ladies. I am pretty new to crochet and especially spinning and for my next trick I am trying to make a Book Charkha. It sounds like fun? My main ambition is to make a traditional spinning wheel. I've been promising myself that for years so please don't hold youyr breath waiting for photos.
  12. Thank you for the photos BP. It looks very simple and as I said, I was trying to avoid the metal top hook. Mine is all one bit of wood. That takes a bit more effort, but I think it's worth it. Plus, I like to 'tart' my stuff up a bit πŸ˜ƒ I had wondered about a notch in the flywheel. That's quite logical and I shall 'insert' one. πŸ‘
  13. The simple things are quite often so good. Shame about me though πŸ™ƒ Ash is said to be a very plain wood, but to me there is no such thing. Every piece is unique in every way. And ash has a very clear grain. If you look at the end grain it tells you where it came from. It was a small horizontal branch. A long-ish branch too. That is told because the underside was under compression and the year rings are closer. The top was stretched and the rings are wider. There's quite a difference so the branch must have had a fair amount of downward pressure at that point. If the rings are equal all round then the branch was vertical. Sorry, I'm ranting on a bit here.
  14. After making gawd knows how many hooks now I decided to try something else the spinning lady at the craft fair mentioned, a drop spinning spindle. A simple thing to turn, but the top 'hook' bit took some thinking because I didn't want to just screw a small cup hook thing in the top. Better all in wood I thought. Just working out what might work took longer than the turning. I had a nice piece of ash branch just the right size, and the result is below. I am sure that there must be some spinners here that will be able to tell me if I have this right. The only time I have seen drop spindles is at a distance or in pictures, so if you can tell me if the 'hook' on the top is OK any help would be great. The yarn goes in at the side, through 90ΒΊ and out of the centre top Then my next trick, I hope, will be to try a Book Charkha. I got the plans yesterday after seeing one on line, and that was a challenge I couldn't resist! Oh yes, I nearly forgot. A little earlier in this thread someone mentioned about the black rings on one of the hooks. There are 2 on the drop spindle. They are made very simply by making a small grove in the wood and using a steel wire, like a cheese wire, held against the groove while the wood is spinning and the friction literally burns the black line into the wood. Very effective and so simple that even I can get it right πŸ˜‡
  15. Thank you BP. I have printed off that chart and will keep it in my workshop. I will try to steer clear of knitting needles as long and thin shafts can be a real pain! All of the hooks are coated with something called hard wax oil. It dries very hard, hard and tough enough to be used on floors and a local cafΓ© in Malmesbury has done their floor with it and I used it on our pine floors too. They are then done with a microcrystaline wax. That's tough too so they should be fine. Even then they can be waxed after that at any time. It isn't like a varnish, it soaks into the wood and on larger surfaces, if damaged, can just be repaired by applying more hard wax oil. Thank you for the info though. As I said earlier I am as thick as a brick about crochet πŸ™„
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