Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Billy's Ladder - An avian disability aid!

Disability build for a bird! Billy, a 26 year old cockatiel I inherited many years ago, was an unwanted rescue bird because of a damaged wing. Although he can still fly (usually only down hill) and has the run of the house 24/7, he is getting a ladder to help him get about! An avian DIY SOS. 

Filmed on location in the 8x6 workshop and Billy's perch

Decorated Oak Coin Bowl

I wanted a small chunky stable bowl to drop change into. I used a thin oak blank and decided to try out the pyrography machine to decorate it.

Had a problem with the epoxy (perhaps someone can shine some light on this) but it turned (pun intended) out really well in the end.

Workshop Set Up

In 1995 I constructed a building to house garden furniture, tools and general junk. Over the years it became overgrown, fell into disrepair and the roof eventually fell in. 

This soggy building was my starting point. It has been re purposed into a fully operational wood working shop complete with all the major power tools and a dust extraction facility.

It is lined, insulated and double glazed. Much of the building materials were scrounged from others (door, roof sheets etc.) but the woodwork was new to ensure a long lasting building. 

The build cost was a shade under £800 and all work was carried out by me with a little help on the roof structure from a friend. All the major machinery was purchased new along with some additional hand tools and this totalled a little over £4,800. These compliment my original hand power and joinery tools. It will be a working structure as I will be producing bespoke wooden artwork by mid 2017 in this building.