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Enjoying the new lathe

Enjoying the new lathe

  • Workshop

  • Tuesday 07 February, 2012
  • 154

I have now had the chance to enjoy the new arrival in the workshop - I can hardly believe that it has been nearly a year and I have not been able to spend anywhere near enough time turning!  That is the problem of a job that keeps me far too busy. But during the past months I have managed to try out the lathe and I can not sing it’s praises too highly. Here are a few pictures of a piece of ash I was given: A knotty piece of ash - 54cms x 18 cms Beautifully knotty I rough turned the ...Continue Reading


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The VB36 arrives in the workshop

The VB36 arrives in the workshop


A picture is worth a thousand words - yep, I was a rather happy! For quite some time now, I had been thinking about this moment – now the time had finally arrived!  To be honest, I couldn’t get the grin off my face!  Special thanks to Hjördís for understanding and all the support and photographs!But let me backtrack.  The help I received form Technology Supplies – the then distributors for Hegner VB36 lathes – was great.  I had to juggle the delivery with one of my visits back to Portugal from Sudan, so not easy.  It all went perfectly – ...Continue Reading


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Finally - getting time to write a little about Sudan

Finally - getting time to write a little about Sudan

  • Sudan

  • Monday 04 April, 2011
  • 125

I spent one day last week hosting the UK’s Under-Secretary of State for International Development on a visit to sustainable development projects in Sudan.   Very good that he has taken the time to see this sort of work – work that can lead to sustainable recovery and development in a part of Sudan that so badly needs it.There were a couple of stories – one on the UNEP web site and another on the BBC.  Click on either to read.   UK Under-Secretary of State for International Development Stephen O'Brien visited several UNEP-supported projects in Darfur. Photo: British Embassy, Khartoum.UNEPThe work of UNEP ...Continue Reading


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Finally - a VB36!

Finally - a VB36!


Well, after a huge amount of prevarication and requests for information, I have ordered a new lathe - and it is going to be a Hegner VB36, with the short tail-stock. Picture from the web page - to be replaced with my lathe in my workshop!! This was not at all the straightforward decision that I thought it might be, as a great deal has been happening behind the scenes at Hegner in the last little while. Although the VB36 is actually not originally a Hegner product, but developed by the owner of Hegner and marketed by them - it is now sold ...Continue Reading


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Masks and More

Masks and More


Faces - and exhibition of masks by Alaeldin Elgizouli There is very little more frustrating than thinking about things creative and not being able to actually try them out! Working in Sudan is more than a full time job - and although I do get breaks at home in Covas, I usually find that I am badly in need of doing very little for a week or so - by then it is already time to head back to Sudan! I promise myself endlessly that I will get into my workshop - but rarely do I manage.One of the pleasures of ...Continue Reading


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