Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chronodex week 7 and 8 - dimensional chronodex

The chronodex can take from 10 minutes to more depending on how much time i need to plan or reflect on my thoughts. i can say that the more time i am willing to spend at the chronodex stage the better the execution of the project (or the more clear my thoughts are). 

i have become very fond of using the more dimensional chronodex to extend my thinking time. a rewarding product of this preference comes a pocket notebook that is looking more and more like a pop-up book. i have always been a big fan of the pop-up book.
2.15.2015 chronodex
"choppy seas chronodex"
TWSBI mini with a 1.1 stub
esterbrook clip #20
pilot hi-tecpoint .7 green
doane pocket notebook
nock co dot dash index cards
2.17.2015 chronodex
"pop-up chronodex"
TWSBI mini
morning glory mach 3 .38
ticonderoga red checking pencil
hunt clip
doane pocket notebook
nock co dot dash index card

detail of the 2.17.2015 dimensional chronodex

 here are the three easy components to the pop-up chronodex.
this takes a bit more time so is reserved for those occasions when i need more time to think.
2.17.2015 chronodex pre-assembly

 there are times when i finish and think to myself, "what the hell".
i left my color senses when i made this VERY late night organizational tool.
2.18.2015 chronodex
"colors chronodex"
doane pocket notebook
nock co dot dash index card
 Keeping the springy pocket notebook under control with the amazing Inspector 2.0 made by Recycled Firefighter.

2.20.2015 chronodex
"Inspector 2.0 chronodex"
doane pocket notebook
nock co dot dash index card
TWSBI mini
fisher space pen
morning glory mach 3
esterbrook clip number 20
recycled firefighter's Inspector 2.0

2.22.2015 chronodex
doane pocket notebook
nock co dot dash index cards
esterbrook clip no 20
grid ruler
sharpie stainless steel 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Utility sheath for lauri knife

Slowly i am getting caught up on some sheath making for knives i have laying around.
as much as i know that i should have all of my knives protected i still have far to many of them exposed.

these sheaths are a bit rushed and made with different scraps of leather but then again they are only intended to be thrown into a tool box or bag. even for something not to be shown off i did add some design flares: a copper nail rivet here, a bevel there. I also was able to give this d-clip (between the snap belt loop and the main sheath body) that i have no idea what to do with for years a purpose.

at a full 13/16" thick this will be able to be thrown around with no issue of hurting the blade.
utility sheath for lauri shop knife

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chronodex week 5 and 6 2015 - making the chronodex SLOWS DOWN TIME

I am not a passive person
like all active individuals it is ABSOLUTELY essential that we take a moment to slow down and let real thought in.  i say a "moment" because quite honestly that is all we can afford, but damn if that "moment" isn't worth the longest measure of time! 

for myself, i employ a tool that gives me the feeling of productivity (making something and organizing somethings) while also affording me real thought: the chronodex.

chronodex 1.23.2015
"bullseye chronodex"
doane pocket notebook
morning glory mach 3
wine crate clipboard
chronodex 1.25.2015
"bordered chronodex"
nock co chimney top case
koh-i-noor drafting pencil
shaeffer white dot
esterbrook clip
chronodex 2.1.2015
"diagonal stripped packing tape"
shaeffer white dot
esterbrook NO 20 clip
sharpie stainless steel
pink pearl eraser

chronodes 2.3.2015
"Dales pale ale chronodex"
doane pocket notebook
shaeffer white dot
dale's pale ale
morning glory mach 3 red
pink pearl eraser
crayola super tips marker
esterbrook No 20 clip

chronodex 2.4.2015
"shaeffer macro nib chronodex"
doane pocket notebook
eagle turquoise drafting pencil
shaeffer white dot fountain pen
prismacolor premier color pencils
pink pearl eraser
chronodex 2.8.2015
"shield chronodex"
doane pocket notebook
shaeffer white dot fountain pen
stabilo point 88 blues
maica hi-tec c green
esterbrook no 20 clip
wine crate clipboard
edison light bulb

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Turkey feather darts, brass steel tip darts and one dedicated buffer

Some years ago a good friend had given me a set of Widdy No1 turkey feather steel tipped darts. 
damn if these wooden darts aren't extremely intuitive to throw: supported by the natural feel of the wood and its long tear dropped axisymmetical shape.

the oldest and the youngest boys have started playing darts with me so i thought it was time to make sure they had their own sets to use. "new" players can be rather hard on darts so i thought it was best to get them their own.  stolling along ebay and found a great deal on two sets of Apex No1 turkey feather darts and as a bonus, with them came two old but seemed to be in very good condition brass sets.
widdy turkey feather dart with the blue stripe,
apex turkey feather dart with the red stripe.
when they arrived the turkey feather darts were ready to go
the brass sets could use with a bit of buffing and waxing.
brass steel tipped darts after polishing and waxing
because i always have a buffer set up for action,
i just went to the tool and gave each dart about 1 minute of attention.
the bottom right of the collage shows one of each of the sets polished and the others are still in need.
the left panel shows the darts ready for waxing.
i used johnson paste wax (my main go to wax) on the buffed metal.

ready for action, i do think i broke the sound barrier when i threw them for the first time.

My one key message with this post is to strongly encourage my boys the importance of having at least one dedicated bench top buffer (or a variable speed bench grinder with a buffing wheel on one side) in the house. 
 having this tool always available will dramatically encourage one to initiate a project. at the very least it will increases the speed of starting and finishing any maintenance jobs.