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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 10-23-2010 11:35 AM 1788 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not much in the woodwork line today. Its Sue and my 15th wedding anniversary today. This coincides with the 50th birthday party for the company I work for, Mole Valley Farmers. Their party is down in Torquay so off we go.

Had an eye test, last week and I need new glasses. They’ll be calling me Pebbles before long. Not surprising with the sort of woodwork I do. Should pick them up next Thursday.

There was a project posted recently of a 2 cubic inch box. My little Bess Ring box comes in at just over 3 cu”.
There’s a challenge to go for. Looking at combining this with a bit of Tonbridgeware patterning (small pictures made up of tiny squares, sort of pixellated). I believe the Tonbridge referred to in the name is the same one that’s in my home County of Kent. Nice tie-in. This might also lead to a new jig for cutting small strips of wood on the tablesaw (safely).

Apologies to Jordan but the shoe is on the back burner at the moment, what with the planning for the above and some Parquetry veneering patterns that won’t leave me alone. I have to take the active, upswing, mood whilst its there.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 11:37 AM

Happy anniversary to you Martyn. Hope you enjoy this special day with your wife.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 11:45 AM

Happy Anniversary Martin & Sue. Have a great day I hope the weather is better than it is in Yorkshire.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 11:46 AM

Nice to hear from you Martyn. Happy anniversary! Sometimes it is good to get away and relax (as everyone tells me!) I hope you have a wonderful time at the celebration.

I have my eye test next Wednesday, as it turns out. I have been waiting for almost two months on the appointment. I already have bifocal contact lenses, but need readers on top of them. I am told it is difficult to get the powers for both long distance and close work perfect so the readers are the answer. At least I can see that way though. At first I thought it was my cutting that was going.

As for the shoe, I am not very far on mine either. Too much was happening here lately and I just couldn’t take the time. Hopefully I will catch up in the next week or so. You need to follow your inspiration and run with it while it is there. I am excited to see your new parquetry designing and I am sure it will be wonderful.

I just wanted to say ‘hi’. Have a great weekend!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 11:52 AM

Trevor, just had a thunderstorm. Not promising.

Sheila. Same problem here. They had a BOGOFF (buy one get one free) at my opticians. So I’ve got two different frames. One with distance lenses, the other close work.

Thanks, Chip.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 11:54 AM

Stay safe.. ave a good time..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 11:58 AM

Cheers, Larry.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 10-23-2010 12:00 PM

I actually have bi-focal contact lenses and my optician said that the dollar store readers would do fine to pick up the slack. I have used them for about a year now and I don’t know how I lived without them. I got several pairs (usually under $5 each) in cute and funky colors and if I misplace them there is another pair somewhere in the vicinity. I wear the regular glasses in the early morning and evening, to give my eyes a rest.

Have a good one! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 10-23-2010 01:34 PM

Happy Anniversary Martyn. I have just reached the bi-focal age myself. A couple months ago, I was trying to read some serial numbers from a machine and thought I went blind. I took off my glasses and everything was crystal clear. Time for me to get some prescription shop glasses for close work. Enjoy the party and we all look forward to the posts ahead.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 01:59 PM

Hey Brit. Nice to hear from you.

Glasses. I never needed them until I was 45, but 10+ years later I can not function without them. I switched from reading glasses, to bi-focals, and now I use Varilux. The Varilux lenses are amazing multi-focal babies.

So nice to hear about your anniversary. I really like the idea of couples helping each other throughout life.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 10-23-2010 02:59 PM

What ho BritBoxer! Fascinated to learn you work for Mole Valley Farmers. Before coming to Canada I farmed for 60 years in Surrey and ordered sheep kit and various other items all the way from Torquay simply because they were either not locally available, or cheaper at Mole Valley. I was introduced to you by John Bartelous (whom you may remember) who used to farm Romney sheep in Devon and now operates the largest sheep clipper mail order business from Sussex. I believe Mole Valley have now bought up my local Surrey suppliers at Nutfield, which can only be a good thing. As for the eyes. I have had both cataracts fixed and can now read the computer screen at 10 feet distance! So happy anniversary! best.

-- I wish I could sell my experience for half the price it has cost me.

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#11 posted 10-23-2010 03:02 PM

happy anniversary Martyn enjoy the day :-)
donĀ“t worry about geting the glasses what you have to worry about is where they are
and how to ceep them clearn enoff to see trugh….....LOL
its realy a hole new ballgame to be learned …the good thing is they will help you to know
when they wanted a bath….LOL

take care

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#12 posted 10-23-2010 03:53 PM

happy anniversary martyn

and happy birthday party too

i get them by the three pack
at wal-mart

got them everywhere
can always find a pair

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 10-23-2010 04:01 PM

Happy Anniversary Martyn and Sue! It is nice to spend the years together with ups and downs like the black and white boxes you had but within those 15 years and years to come, all of you will remain sticking together as one. I know it is in you who is an expert in constructing pieces to become one and so with your life. Have many more to come….

You are still blessed with your eyes… I have my glasses (now progressive lens) since 2nd year high school. You just take care for the little adjustments. You will fill that the sides of lines are bent in an arc form and may cast different focus. You need now to move your head to get the real focus. Sheila has more advantage… she has the patience of wearing those contact lens … I had once used contact lens but I am lazy to take it out before sleep so I stay on the glasses.

I can imagine how beautiful are those parquetry that keeps you busy. Post some pictures even without words (music sounds best when played without lyrics). I am anxious to see.. can’t wait..

God bless and more blessings to come to you and Sue…

-- Bert

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#14 posted 10-23-2010 04:03 PM

Enjoy the party.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 10-23-2010 07:08 PM

Have a Great Anniversary, Martyn, and Best Wishes for many, many more!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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