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Workshop Find

I was cleaning up my basement and workshop today. Normally a task that I’m really not very keen on, but it was necessary after around eight years. And see what In found! My old pocket knife! I didn’t have this one in my hands for 10 years (easily) and I’m really glad I re-discovered it. Gave it some drops of oil and a little sharpening and it’s as good as on the first day!


Skinner Knife

I made a skinner knife for my brother-in-law as a birthday present. He’s a hunter and I hope he can put it to good use!


Couverts et Baguettes – YouTube Channel

He’s a perfect archetype of a staid french gentleman. Sounds like Gérard Depardieu, always somewhat casually stylish and with a very, very pleasant presentation. He cooks classic french cuisine (aside from other recipes), presented in, well, french (unfortunately for me). To me, with a 25-year pause in dealing with the french language, he’s hard to understand on the first try, but it’s absolutely worth the effort!

The usual disclaimer: I DO NOT make any money by linking to this channel and he doesn’t pay me for this (in fact, he doesn’t even know I exist 🙂 )

Pig’s Trotters and Tails

I’ve got an eMail Request from far abroad, that’s great! Someone from the U.S. wanted to know how we made the pig’s trotters and tails several years ago, so here’s the recipe. Thanks Alan for your request!


Prepping: My Car “Get Home Kit”

There was a veritable winter storm with much media coverage sweeping over germany the last days. I got stuck in traffic (harmless), the weather got worse and worse and I had some free time to wonder about what I’d do when there’s a real SHTF situation of that kind. Here’s what I came up with for a wintery, cold and unpleasant car-sticky-situation:


The Queen…

The Lady of the House in her “royal position”… 🙂


Simple Balance Scale DIY

I wanted to try to build the simplest possible balance scale because I saw one being used in an internet video (1:01).

The principle is known since the ancient world (thus, in german it’s called “römische Waage” – “roman scale”) and it’s fairly easy to do. It’s not known for precision and accuracy, but it’s a nice example of the lever principle in action. I made it “no fuzz”, so just to test it and there’s definitely potential for improvement. It was a fun weekend project and this is how it works:


Chisel Sharpening Jig

I made a jig for sharpening my chisels now and then. It’s not a new idea, instead you can find tons of instructions on the net. This one is my approach:

The idea is to keep the chisel’s blade right angled and at the same time always at the same inclination to the surface in order to achieve maximum sharpness. So I made this jig with a right angle stopper that I can use with worn-out sanding belts. 30° is a good grinding angle for me. While this is not a super precise and professional contraption, it is perfectly functional and absolutely satisfies my needs. The construction itself is as self-explanatory as the usage, just have a look at the images. I hope you like the idea and prehaps even make your own.


Linguine Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino

I don’t know if my recipe for “Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino” is anyhow the traditional italian way, but it is surely delicious!


Cats!

Two of my best friend’s new cats. Cuteness overload!


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