Customised Hultafors Axe Handle This article was posted on Thursday, 7th June 2018

I got this Hultafors axe at Christmas and, with its hand-forged head, it's a beaut. With that, I wanted to make it my own with some custom handle graphics. 

Initially I had the idea of doing a 'Book of Kells'-type knotwork design, but I decided to go with a more appropriate Hickory leaf. Weeding the vinyl stencil was an absolute nightmare.

This video took far too long to produce- talking to a camera is pretty gack, so I think I might've procrastinated over finishing this one. Look out for my next video, sooner rather than later. 

Kindling Box This article was posted on Sunday, 1st April 2018

I made a pair of wooden crates to store kindling in my home. Like most people in Ireland, burning wood is one of the main sources of heat in our house, and a continuous supply of kindling is needed, to get the fire going.

The process is detailed in the video, I did a narrated build as I lost some footage due to a hard disk crash, so it wouldn't have made sense without explanation. It's really uncomfortable having to edit footage of yourself talking to the camera. I spent more time trying to hide the cuts where I removed the 'Ummms' and pauses as I tried to think what happened next.

This should've been a simple project, but I went back and forth with how I was going to do certain aspects. I then rough cut the whole process, simplifying it, but then lost the rough cut in the crash. So I could not remember the order of processes or which parts were still relevant.

I never had a disk crash where I lost stuff, but it sucks. It was a Seagate disk and was so new when it crashed, that the back up hadn't been completed.

A couple of features I'm really happy with- the painted decals, they were a nightmare to do, due to a combination of dodgy vinyl and dodgy paint, but looked great when finished. The other feature is the handles, they're functional, look great and were relatively easy to do. I had seen this style of handle in another YouTube video somewhere but after I published the video, I found a photo on Instagram of some vintage crates (handle on Remington crate, top left)-

I'd love to know how those handles were cut in a production environment, they look a little rough, and not rough from years of use, they look as if they're rough-cut. I love old crates.

Anyway, I have another video in the works, should be out soon.

It was ten years ago today This article was posted on Wednesday, 28th March 2018

On March 28th 2008, I started this website.

I started my life as a self-employed web designer January 1st, 2008, and I thought that my path was Ruby on Rails. So I set about learning Rails (it was the ultimate in cool tech at the time) by creating a blog. It didn't take long to do, and my first post was about my side-project, screenprinting, specifically my Robot print. I have a whole Flickr album (remember Flickr?) about it.

As far as I can remember, I set up the Rails project on a Rails-specific hosting account, and worked fine until the hosting company updated their Rails install and the website went kaput. I think it lasted two weeks, before the update. I then put together a Wordpress site, stuck it on and reposted the first few posts from the previous site.

Ironically, the first post is at a time when I was a full-time web designer and occasional screen printer. Ten years later I am a full-time screen printer (amongst other things) and an occasional web designer.

The robot print is still around, there is a framed printed in my boy's room, who was not even a gleam in my eye ten years ago.

Here's to another ten.

Pimp Your Shopping Basket This article was posted on Friday, 1st September 2017

I has this old shopping basket lying around and decided to tidy it up with new paint and handle. 

Notes on the project-


Workshop First Aid Cabinet This article was posted on Monday, 28th August 2017

I had a couple of 'nice' pallets lying around and I wanted to make something quick. I had a vision of a 'zombie apocalypse' style first aid cabinet so I set to work.

I ended up with a more traditional colour scheme but the inner graphics are an ode to a famous bearded graphic designer.

It's been a few months since I finished this and all I can really remember is; this project taking so long to complete. It wasn't one thing delaying it either, everything took longer than it should have. Looks and functions well though, so a success, I guess.

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