Today has been a cold day – one of those funny days when life seems a little empty, so how do you go about filling it.
Strangers, people – so i went to a shopping center just outside Kristiansund – theres a little kaffee there and its always bustling.
It did the trick – Norwegians can be very insular so its easy to be anonymos in a crowd, then it was time to go further – theres a large roadside garage which has a very startling gem museum. Ive just become interested in Gems because i think i can make wooden Jewlery and a little unique at that.
The display cases are full and many, in fact very many, one of the most beautiful things is the cases full of stones and chrystals from here and nearby.
We see such things and they are always from far away.
On the way back i stopped in to a fishing tackle and general store – the yound lad serving and i have had a chat or two before and this time was no exception, it is so nice to meet someone who is interesting and interested.
One rod and reel really blew my socks off – 8,000 kr – that is nearly £800. Worth every penny so i was told. My most valuable rod cost less than 600 kr and is worn out – the next one down as all the rest (some 20) cost less than 300 kr and some as little as 50 kr at car boot sales in the uk.
Tomorrow its saturday jobs – even though its sunday – hoovering,cleaning and tidying.
My poor honda outboard is firing on one cylinder only so i need to sort that out – yesterday i filled a barrel and ran it for a while, then changed the oil. To do this on this type of motor there is a recessed screw, large – before, i tried every tool i had to undo them and didnt suceed – finally Johan lent me a angled gaint screwdriver – no such luck this time, so i got a very large washer, put it in a pair of mole grips and gave it a go – remarkable, it really worked.
Fiddled around with the carburetter – cleaned it out but so far only the float – will try the machine again tomorrow and if still the same will take the rest to bits. Its sooo nice to take charge in this way but i feel a trip to the shop in Molde coming on – the last time it cost nearly 4,000 kr to have a cable replaced, so im not happy, but i do need a 100% motor.
Today would have been a good fishing day – perhaps, no undoubtedly exercise is the key to a good day – endorphins and all that.
I have joined a website dealing with wooden spoons – i feel a little frustrated as this was something i really got into about 25 years ago – i wrote some articles, then i did a video with a production company, then i became a judge for the woodworker magazine and did a number of shows as a judge for the dorset crafts guild, one of the oldest in the uk, even got paid. The current Experts tend to be a little religious, following a swedish guru with an intensity which in the case of one man is almost religious. We have had a few run ins before – not so much him but his women. Its almost funny as they are very vitriolic and have no sense of humour, and this is what they accuse me of – on one website his wife apolagised unecessarily – after a little i made a comment about her, the fur flew and she demanded an apology which she got but the damage was done(as intended) what everyone was thinking had been said.
Her remarks about me i thought though inaccurate were useful as they told me about her and her world which presumably was also her husbands, (and maybe even how i came across) so i was in no way angry, even if they had been inaccurate, i found it slightly amusing. Im afraid to say i dont understand this world – you cant say how you see someone without terminally upsetting them – hihiii.
Work is progressing on some large carved cups and bowls – its a little amusing to see people carving bowls which look as if they have been turned – i know how that looks and works so i try to make them look as if they are hand made. It takes days to carve a 12 inch wide bowl, even in wet wood.
Currently working in Svanpro at Eide – im hoping that i will be let off for haing a bad body but im not so sure – its good training anyway – its been a long time since i had a regular job – i do but ooh so little and over time the amount of work has been becoming less, however the knee has built up succesfully so it is now painful sparodically, but when it is it really lets go. One gets used to pain but the overall effect is depression – everytime you do something it hurts, there is a natural tendancy to not do it.
The next craft job is this jewlery – largish chunks of stone in small wooden cages attached to entirely wooden necklaces – the how is slowly developing and involves lots of laminates, because they are so thin, sawn. This will involve some jogs but i do have the material so it should be easy enough. For now walnut and holly – white and black.