Tea at the Ritz

Time has flown by since my last blog so it is time to bring you up-to-date with events in and out of the workshop.

I was kept busy in the week leading up to Father’s Day.  The personalised red and chrome wine bottle stopper seemed to be the favourite choice for a present for dads.  As I mentioned before I like to set up a small paint spray booth outside the workshop but I am at the mercy of the weather.  Although we had some showers during the week they weren’t enough to stop painting so I have been lucky in that respect.

I also made a couple of keepsake boxes with cherry lids.  I have mostly relied upon my table saw to cut mitres on the box sides but have not had a 100% success rate with this method.  I have made numerous jigs in the past to simplify and speed up the process but these have not always been effective.  Knowing how much some people praise the flexibility of their bandsaw I thought I’d try cutting the mitres on my bandsaw and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  I think that, with a few tweaks, this may be the way ahead for me in future.

The demand for product personalisation is still good and our pyrography tools are put to good use.  Sycamore is without doubt the easiest wood material to burn due to its pale colour and almost non-existent grain. But we do personalise a range of other woods some of which are not as easy to burn.  Ash, for example, has lovely colour and tones plus wonderful grain patterns.  But these patterns make the wood very textured with hard and soft areas which react differently to being burned.  Usually these issues can be overcome by burning slowly and with a low temperature so that scorching does not occur.

10Demo-RBburn1I mentioned last time that my wife and I were going to the Ritz (could be the name of a song!) for afternoon tea.  Well, we dressed up in our finest clothes and set forth on public transport arriving at Green Park tube station which is right next door to this prestigious hotel.  The afternoon tea is held in the hotel’s Palm Court and we were shown to our seats along with many other customers.  (This event is so popular that we had to book 3 months in advance!). The surroundings were magnificent as was the choice of teas on the menu.  Unfortunately, neither of us are tea aficionados so we played safe and chose the Ritz Royal English which was lovely.  There were copious supplies of tea, dainty sandwiches and, of course, cream and chocolate cakes.  Delicious!  It was a lovely day out.

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

Happy woodworking!

Andy