edit: stop press ! I couldnt get along with putting multiple links on this site, they all just melded into one, so I have gone for a tumblr account - http://numbdave.tumblr.com/ which will be simpler for my barely evolved ape brain.
So I will put drivel there. I may still use this for exclusive whitechapel only content such as #wallofdave.
**soon to be filled with all kinds of drivel. nothing particularly exciting to report yet but it's more about getting stuff off your chest than giving people what they want, isnt it, blogging?**
Since I started tweeting I've seen all my tweets disappear, so i decided i should have somewhere more permanent to put stuff.
I love whitechapel so this seemed the best place. i can link to stuff, post pictures, rant, get permalinks to what I put here. i have a youtube channel and a cafepress shop (well i did, hey, I'll get a new one) as long as it's free I'll try and make best use of it.
I might just have this one post that i constantly edit like a front page with other stuff sticking out down below or I might do it more like a regular blog with diary bits, who knows, bit of both. Spur of the moment idea - this is a place holder for now.
I'll probably contribute more to other threads as well.
Here I am! I'm Dave. @numbREMOVEdave on twitter. (I post a never ending stream of drivel there. I barely think anything i don't post. I used to smoke, 3 weeks on tuesday, I love life etc!)
Longtime lurker occasional poster emerging like a butterfly you can fill in the rest I'm sure.
So that project me and my buddy have been working on and I've been yammering about for almost a year? It's almost ready for sale. @texture was kind enough to give us a foreword, and now that we have that, we're ready for formatting, then to our beta readers, and then it's up for sale at the Kindle store.
Kind of freaking out here.
Thanks for letting me scream into the abyss about this. It's important to me, and I'm very proud of what my friend and I have made. With Poppa Si's permission, I'll post a thread with the purchase link once it's uploaded.
When I was young(er), I became obsessed with the First World War, also known as The Great War (trust me, it wasn't THAT great). In that context, I learned the meaning of the term 'batman' - essentially, it means 'servant'. One's 'batman' does domestic chores, cooks, cleans, etc. Comes from the 'public' schools (a.k.a. 'private' schools), boarding schools, Hogwart's and such, for all you illiterate and feckless youth. The 'batman' was an under-classman who performed duties for the upper-classmen.
So Alfred is Batman's 'batman'. And Batman is the 'batman' of JUSTICE.
If you thought Batman had anything to do with baseball, or Frank Miller, ferchrrissakes, then you're sadly mistaken.
I've never noticed the blog section before! What the hell!
I will use this to post things I've done or made, be it crafts or food or whatever, until I forget or let it go too long.
Let's start with a project I finished last weekend: a pipe.
This is what I started with. The holes were predrilled by the wood supplier to standard fit. I sketched out an idea of what I wanted the pipe to look like, then drew on the block itself to make sure I wouldn't be cutting into the internal airway of the pipe.
Using a hand mitersaw (I'm po folks) I lopped off the bottom to make a flat surface, then cut in straight down and at an angle to begin the curvature of the pipe. I used a belt sander at grit 60 to do some initial rough shaping and take off a lot of material, and I used a series of wood files to shape the notch where I had sawn into the top of the pipe. Then came sanding, and sanding, and sanding, and more sanding--100 grit, 150, 220, and then finally 400.
This is what I ended up with:
I wanted to get an idea of the grain for staining, so I wet one side with some water:
After all the sanding was complete, I washed the pipe in warm soapy water and scrubbed it with a nail brush, to make sure I got all the sandy pockets out. Then came staining. I used a Minwax water-based stain, which let me tell you is runny as hell. Had to go slow and fix a couple of mistakes. I used an ebony for the top and an English walnut for the rest. After it dried for about 15 minutes I burnished it with 0000 steel wool to even out the stain and remove excess, and prepared for waxing. I used a block of solid carnauba wax against my dad's floor-standing buffer to polish the pipe.
The stem is cheap vulcanite, which means it's also very workable. It sands just like wood, and it can be bent. I put it into a glass pan on a bed of salt, sprinkled a thin layer of salt on top, and baked it in the oven at 275F for about ten minutes. I had stuck a pipe cleaner through the stem so that when it was pliable from the heat, I could bend it without accidentally pinching closed the hole. I bent it the way I wanted and ran it through cold water to set the bend in place.
Soon I will upload a pic of the finished pipe. It looks good and smokes real good, surprisingly!
I'm doing a firewalk to raise funds for my local church. If anyone reading this wants to sponsor me that would be great but I was wondering what the experience is like. Any firewalkers on here care to share?
I've put a lot of stories about my real life on Whitechapel, and some of you guys seem to enjoy them. So I've started writing them down, bit by bit, and occasionally they fit a topic on the boards. I recently wrote a few that don't fit anywhere specifically, so I thought I would put them in the blog space (which doesn't have a word limit!). Hope you enjoy!