May
1
2016

Steps to the Firth of Forth – South Queensferry

words and lyrics by Jean-Loup

Just off the main street in South Queensferry these steps will take you straight into the water. The tide was high when I did my photoshoot so I don't know whether the steps lead to a beach at low tide but it certainly give you a very intimate access to the river Forth

Steps to the Firth of Forth – South Queensferry

Just off the main street in South Queensferry these steps will take you straight into the water. The tide was high when I did my photoshoot so I don’t know whether the steps lead to a beach at low tide but it certainly give you a very intimate access to the river Forth

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Apr
30
2016

Woodworking Project #1: S.H.I.E.L.D. Clock

words and lyrics by Jean-Loup

A few months back I decided it was time for me to stop watching others be creative with wood and take a stab at it myself. I don't have space for a proper workshop but I can compromise with a few small tools and I have a few ideas so I took the plunge and started making.

This first project is the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo mounted as a clock. I built the round frame with two 3mm plywood pieces, one acting as the background and the other I cut out on my scroll saw and glued the two together.

I painted the back piece black and was going to leave the wood piece as is only painted with a few layers of glow-in-the-dark paint. The problem I encountered was that the GITD is very transparent and after sanding the thin sheet of plywood didn't look quite so good so I covered the whole thing with a wood primer and recoated the lot with a few more coats of GITD.

The hardware was bought on eBay for 99p. It took several weeks to arrive from somewhere in Asia but it was cheap and you get to choose the colour and shape of the hands.

It wasn't until today when I was going through my batteries to test them for power that I realised the reason it wasn't working when I finished this weeks ago is because I kept trying to fit an empty battery in it.

I'm now super happy with it on my wall and for bonus points, the mechanism is dead silent.

And yes you can see faults with the cuts but given that it was my first project with nothing but trial and error and lessons I learnt from various YouTubers such as +Steve Ramsey +frank howarth or Bob from +I Like To Make Stuff I think I did ok.

I thought long and hard about whether I should showcase these projects on YouTube or here and here made more sense, plus I'm not great with a camera.

Let me know what you think, I have a few more projects that I've completed I will be presenting soon and a few more in my head and under construction.

Woodworking Project #1: S.H.I.E.L.D. Clock

A few months back I decided it was time for me to stop watching others be creative with wood and take a stab at it myself. I don’t have space for a proper workshop but I can compromise with a few small tools and I have a few ideas so I took the plunge and started making.

This first project is the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo mounted as a clock. I built the round frame with two 3mm plywood pieces, one acting as

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Apr
30
2016

17th c Italian Swept Hilt Rapier – Royal Armouries – Leeds

words and lyrics by Jean-Loup

At 43 inches long, this weapon is a beast that must have been owned by quite a wealthy gentleman judging by the intricate pattern of gold on the hilt. Not only that but the swirling carving of the handle is quite unusual in its design.

Personally this type of hilt isn't my favourite. I prefer nice long quillions and the style is a little chunky. I can't help but imagine a rather large gentleman wandering about the streets of Florence wearing this, somehow it seems fitting.

17th c Italian Swept Hilt Rapier – Royal Armouries – Leeds

At 43 inches long, this weapon is a beast that must have been owned by quite a wealthy gentleman judging by the intricate pattern of gold on the hilt. Not only that but the swirling carving of the handle is quite unusual in its design.

Personally this type of hilt isn’t my favourite. I prefer nice long quillions and the style is a little chunky. I can’t help but imagine a rather large

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Apr
29
2016

It didn't take long for me to make my choice on #FutureFight  on this: #TeamCap…

words and lyrics by Jean-Loup

It didn't take long for me to make my choice on #FutureFight  on this: #TeamCap  

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Watch Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. ask a totally and completely random stranger to choose #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan!

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Apr
29
2016

And Justice for All

words and lyrics by Jean-Loup

Well that was one hell of a busy week. Part of it was making sure I had wrapped things up at work as much as possible. I've been called for jury duty selection on Tuesday and I can't really say I'm looking forward to it. Work is one reason but another is the fact that I'm due to meet David Duchovny on Thursday before his concert in Glasgow. I've been waiting for this for over 20 years and if it doesn't happen because of some thug, murderer or rapist I'll be merry pissed.

But on the flip side, a Civil War is brewing and there's a 3-day weekend ahead of us so we'll have to make the best of it, assuming we don't get snowed under or anything, that'll be the last straw…

for +FloralFriday curated by +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +Tamara Pruessner 

#floralfriday   #floralphotography   #flowers   #flowerphotography  

And Justice for All

Well that was one hell of a busy week. Part of it was making sure I had wrapped things up at work as much as possible. I’ve been called for jury duty selection on Tuesday and I can’t really say I’m looking forward to it. Work is one reason but another is the fact that I’m due to meet David Duchovny on Thursday before his concert in Glasgow. I’ve been waiting for this for over 20 years and if it doesn’t happen because of some

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