Saturday, 29 March 2014

The Spiral Stair

Its back to the wet conditions today, so what better than to develop the details for a spiral stair.
Cathy and Stuart have a house where this may be someday used. They currently have a horrible dogleg stair that has uneven treads and risers to give access from the kitchen to the upstairs lounge in their Rustico apartment attached to their house. If a spiral stair can be installed, it will save space and add some contemporary vision to the 200 year old stone house in Canelli, Italy.

The whirr of racing wheels

Today I had my own classic ride.  After several days of consistent rain, Toowoomba dawned clear and calm this morning. So at 6:30 am I set off for an overdue ride. From East Toowoomba I proceeded southward along the range and then westward to the back of the university to complete a few circuits of a nice 4km block.
There were plenty of social riders of various speeds for some company, but as expected I was caught by a large fast bunch of good riders who cover a more hilly and ambitious circuit each Saturday and end up on the same circuit.
After a high speed sprint, they all assembled for the ride back into town, and that is where I joined them in a bunch of 35 riders as we hurled own the New England Highway at speeds up to 46 kph, on our way back into the city centre.  It was an exhilerating ride to start a great day.

Saturday, 22 March 2014


A spare time hobby.
The "4-in-a-Vice" and the "6-piece-Burr"
Two interesting examples of wooden puzzles that can be easily made in the home workshop.
The "Burr" is a relatively simple task to assemble, but the "Vice" presents a far greater challenge with over 20 very specific moves required to put it together, and a similar precise sequence of moves to separate it.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Misty Morning

Peering through the fog on a crisp autumn morning. This could be anywhere but on this occasion it was in Canelli in northern Italy.