Sunday, 23 December 2012

Santa's workshop - Blokes in sheds making stuff.

Turkeys hung out to dry
You may remember my fascination with creating a weather vane using the much loathed Brush Turkey as my inspiration. Well, I've gone from fascinated to obsessed. This is partly due to the positive response I've had from friends and mates. I've even had a few orders (one willing to pay). So I decided that these would make good presents. I'm up to number 7. All of which happily spin and follow the breeze beautifully. Some of which only a mother (or inventor-bloke) could love.

Now it occurs to me that there are blokes (and possible blokettes) out there doing some amazing things with scraps of timber and lengths of left over pipe and, in my case, wooden spoons and spatulas, held together by string and wire, staples and a spot of glue. Blokes (and b'ettes) in their backyards inventing every manner of useful and useless thing, sometimes to solve a problem, sometimes just for the hell of it. Why, people build whole beach shacks using this technique.

A stampede of feather brained weather vanes
In my case it's clearly not just a whim, but practical. I now have a pretty good indication of the direction of the wind at any time of day simply by looking out my back door (at night I have to revert to using my own senses or turning on the floodlights which is pretty annoying for the neighbours - I'm working on a glow in the dark version! Kidding).

Doesn't everyone need to know where the wind is coming from? My cat certainly has an instinct for shade and breeze and cool spots. It's the same for me. I feel cooler when I can see there's a breeze.

Mother and child
I am interested in any one else who dabbles in the dark arts of creativity in the secrecy of their shed, or under the house, because I reckon it would make a great blog site or, better still, an exhibition at some prestigious social history museum like the one we have here in Brisbane (MOB - Museum of Brisbane).

Send me some photos and I'll post them. I'll also be pitching this idea to the director of MOB. I'll let you know the response.

PS For Christmas my son has offered to get the 'Turkey Brained Weather Vane' registered. I'm not sure what that means and I'm not sure that was the spirit in which the project was initiated but its another bit of fun. And a kind of interesting present. Life is.....

6 comments:

jane.healy said...

I love your turkeys - but my creativity is restricted to my sewing table - and here I can see which way the wind is blowing by looking over at the pub to see how the old Union Flag is faring.

Thanks for dropping by ... I haven't always been to averse to the dreaded RR - just the ones telling how successfull every member of the family is!!

Kathe W. said...

I know which way the wind is blowing today since the snow is flying horizontally past my window from the south- I think a blog with a monthly challenge to come up with snazzy items made of spoons or tongue depressors or what ever items you choose would be fun...lovely turkeys by the way! Merry Christmas!

Queen of the Tea Cosies said...

Heh heh. There is no end to your talents Steve. And Nick, you might need to hold a fundraiser for that gift!

Are they all staying your own back yard Steve? Or will we know where you've been by bush turkey vanes all over the place?

Jennifer said...

Steve, they are fabulous. I'm ashamed to say that none of my gifts this year is handmade. Thought I thought of making and bottling a gorgeous looking recipe for a hot-sweet sauce.

Ceri and I have frequent discussions about the wind. His principal form of transportation is his bicycle. So he looks at the wind forecasts and says things like, "50km winds from the west, oh no!" And I, whose primary form of transportation is walking, says, "I have no idea what that means. But then I'm not a sailor, I'm the daughter of one."

Which brings me to my father, the sailor, and his shed, in which he builds model ships from 'scratch.' He's got no blog, but you may have heard me mention his craft on mine.

I love your turkeys. I should, perhaps, entertain the idea of commissioning one for my dearest friends, [domestic] turkey farmers, Len and Deb. We'll talk.

Happy Christmas to you and yours Steve. Wishing you continued creativity in your shed in 2013 and beyond.

little hat said...

Jennifer,
I'd love to make you one. I would then be able to brag that the turkeys have crossed the Pacific and can sniff the wind on two continents and in both hemispheres. I just hope they wouldn't get too confused with latitudes and longitudes etc. I don't recall your mentioning being the daughter of a sailor. Was he a maritime seaman or a sailor who used sails? Happy Christmas to you and your Toronto gang.

little hat said...

Loani,
2013 - the year of the Turkey.