Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Yew tree reduction


Nice reduction on a pair of Yew trees today, growing so close together that it was essentially one canopy

before


after


before
after

Pretty pleased with the results, made a huge difference to the garden. Its always going to be a big tree in a smallish garden, but its definitely less imposing now
 
 



Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Chip box

Spent some time over the weekend working on the "greedy boards" for the side of the new truck
 
 
I tacked them in place on the truck to make sure they fit properly
 

 
Then fully seem welded them on the ground (saves covering the truck in sparks)
 

Then a quick sand down and a few coats of paint and the basic frame work is done
 
I've got some black checkerplate ordered to fill in the gaps, so hoping its going to look pretty smart when its all finished
I've built them light weight and with only one bolt to undo in order to remove them I can still utilise the side tip if need be (as it tips back and to both sides)
I decided to slope them down rather than squared off as it looks better and will stop me overloading it (well in theory anyway)
 
 
 
Although I primarily work with wood I'm always keen to learn new skills, Welding is something I've only been doing 6 months or so, but really enjoy. Although in some respects a fairly simple process there is still quite a steep learning curved to get nice looking solid welds and once you can stick one bit of metal to another there is no limit to the stuff you can make!
 
 


Monday, 15 October 2012

Autumn colours

 
Just a few photos of the autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboritum this weekend

 




Monday, 8 October 2012

New truck

Well, not so much new as its over 20 years old!


But its new to me
 
 
Got it last week, a 1989 110 defender with a tipping bed on the back

 
It needs some greedy boards adding to the back for wood chip, as well as a couple of other bits and bobs, but otherwise I'm pretty happy with it and looking forward to putting it to work.