1. Ed on 23 January 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Paul, Thank you for sharing via the videos. Treating this as friends chatting and wishing to share my experience as an avid cyclist: Please look up how to size and adjust your cycling helmet. It will take five minutes to adjust and is important. The straps, for most people, come together in a buckle or gizmo near the earlobe rather than at or under the jaw. The location is adjusted to stabilize the helmet. Without doing this properly, the helmet won’t remain in position when needed. I can look for a link to help you, if you like.

    • Noel Rodrigue on 29 January 2019 at 1:01 am

      Paul, I’d add to Ed’s comment … get a camera mount for your bike instead of hand-holding the thing. It’ll be safer for you! I’m sure you can find (or make?) something that you will be able to snap the camera base into.

  2. nemo on 23 January 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Enjoyable video.

    “Google, play Canto Ostinato”, didn’t work for me. Had to manually start the mp3. My computer probably hasn’t enough smarts.

    Reminds me of our first TV with remote control, back in 1980 when I was 7. I noticed that every time I turned a page on a child’s magazine I was reading, the TV changed channel (a whopping two channels, plus two Belgian ones because we lived near the border). Took me a long time to realize it was my father secretly using the IR remote control every time I turned a page. I wonder whether there’s a group of employees hidden in Google’s headquarters to execute the commands people give….

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (Arthur C. Clarke)

  3. Stephen McGonigle on 23 January 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Hello Paul
    It’s good to see old Edgeley and surrounding environs, I’ve always loved it’s down to earth honesty, and still spend a lot of time in this vicinity. I used to watch football at Edgeley Park and also Sale RUFC or ‘Sharks’ as they’ve become. I love the wonderful Edgeley Park with it’s Edwardian buildings and the ‘ressers’. Until recently I had the use of a friend’s workshop in Vernon Mill which will have been close to where you started your apprenticeship, and I regularly scour Pear Mill Antiques for woodworking tools etc.

  4. Stephen McGonigle on 23 January 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I also meant to say that I’m sure many of us would welcome another publication from you. I regularly dip into your last publication. If you do publish it, please do include your drawings which are superb. I also agree with Google’s choice of Chopin as relaxing music.

  5. James on 23 January 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Enjoyed the vlog Paul. Feels like I get to know you as a person rather than just a teacher behind a desk(bench). Please keep it up.

    I would like to suggest rather than referring to “real woodworkers” and “machinists” you refer to “wood craftsmen” vs “wood machinists”.

    I inherited from my father a book published in 1944 entitled “It’s Fun to Make It Yourself”. All hand tools, methods, and techniques, e.g. stropping a plane iron on “…the fleshy part of the left hand”, and except for the photos of the craftsman dressed in white shirt, tie, and a vest, it could have been written by you. All the things you teach and speak about are in it. Even the terminology, e.g. trestle, timber, housing, etc. It is interesting to see how the skills and methods have not changed. You might enjoy reading it, and if so, I might ship to you if you promise to return it.

  6. Jeremy on 23 January 2019 at 7:57 pm

    I like the vlog and I have noticed the drop caps in your blog posts, very nice.

  7. Tom Angle on 23 January 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I do like the vlog posts. They give an insight to you as a person and how your creative mind works.

    Your trip to work looks very peaceful and a beautiful ride. I do like streams, rivers and small bodies of water. Especially when there is wildlife around. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Noel Rodrigue on 29 January 2019 at 1:14 am

    Yes, I believe this was a successful entry into vlogging. You mentioned it wasn’t easy, but seen from this end (a -17C winter storm-waiting Ottawa, Canada), you look and sound comfortable with the camera.

    Reading and watching is fun and a learning experience – reminds me of reading you post on Bill … today we’d call your lunch time ‘conversations as “lunch and learn”! Your ‘expanding’ the different avenues is good for us. However should it ever become a burden, don’t hesitate to drop it.

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