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Very nice, MJF9, Happy Easter everyone!

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Nice at Saltburn! when i visit one of my customers at Skinningrove i swing by for fish 'n chips by the sea before i head back home.

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Twas my first visit and will be going again... lovely place, free of the hubbub of the coastal towns with fairs nearby

Great fish n chips too (Seaview restaurant takeaway) - they taste so much better by the sea

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I had a visitor come by this morning. If you look just to the right/bottom of the fence, you’ll see an alligator just off shore.

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Went for a quick hike in the hills east of Santa Cruz, this weekend: classic coastal / low-elevation Northern CA: green grass, live oaks, & wildflowers

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Likely more photos coming in the next few days

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Wow, and all that time I thought "California poppies" were a branding gimmick...

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@julian-wolf Looks like a fantastic time. I love being a new dad but makes me miss not being able to get out into the Blue Ridge this spring to go hike this spring so I'll live vicariously through this. Care to get out to Big Sur for me sometime soon? 

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Last Christmas my momz bought us a brazier for the garden, she probably felt a bit sorry for us using the old hobo biscuit tin.. y'know the mystic-biscuit tin with the Questlove apparition? ...when the package arrived she thought waitaminute!! 'this is a bit small and light for a brazier' opened it up and not being au fait with the interwebz she'd ordered a fire blanket by mistake.. :D

Anywhoo... she said 'here i'll give you the dosh, you order it'  but i didn't really want some cheap, rust through in 12months Amazon special so i held out for a re-stock of the German made 6mm thick cast iron braziers and i put the rest of the dosh towards...
 
It arrived t'other day but we sit on a decked area and it would burn a black ring so i went to B&Q to get a base but they only had some wank 20mm thick faux-stepping stone so i went to Swifty's (our local architectural salvage yard) but i didn't want to pay £60 for a 6" thick millstone so i though fuck'it i'll make my own base for nowt...
 
I made a quick plywood mould out of some old set-outs, with a recess in the middle which would stop the brazier being knocked off it's pedestal and collect the ash-saturated rain water which runs through the drainage hole in the middle.

I coated the mould with Vaseline to aid with release....

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Called in at Kelham Concrete for some advice re- the best mix, they gave me a bag of glass fibre strands and said 'chuck those in too, they'll help reinforce it without adding weight'

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Put it in my homemade (welded some RSJ's together, sat on a ply base with gasket glue and draught seal around the top with an acrylic lid, connected to a compressor) vacuum chamber to force the air out

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Topped it up and trowled it off

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24hrs later..... Cut the tape and peel off the outer

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Leonard the cat inspecting my handiwork

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It's not quite dry, it'll be very pale grey in a week or two..

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There you have it

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...and a bonus shot of a slightly swankier GRP mould ive been working on this week

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Very swish. We have a brazier on our deck and I just put a couple of spare roof slates under the base! :blush:

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A friend of mine makes/upcycles braziers out of old Calor Gas canisters, hinged door on the front, shelf for cooking food and a chimney out the top... ive had one on order for 3 f***ing years, i even gave him the damn gas canister but he was doing it for nowt... he usually charges £50 for the small and £80 for the large, i assume folks with cash take priority  :rolleyes:

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Is it a petromax brazier? Got a waffle iron from them, great thing. Only wish the handles were detachable, but works great as it is.

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5 hours ago, Thanks_M8 said:

Is it a petromax brazier? Got a waffle iron from them, great thing. Only wish the handles were detachable, but works great as it is.

No, it was from Waitrose... i do have some cast iron Petromax goodies posted in the Nice Things thread.

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Took the pooch for a walk around Hampstead Heath today. Here’s the London skyline from Parliament Hill.

Bonus photo of pooch resting at home after walk.

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35 minutes ago, Double 0 Soul said:

No, it was from Waitrose... i do have some cast iron Petromax goodies posted in the Nice Things thread.

aah yes, I remember, the BBQ wasn't it?

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Here’s our cast iron brazier from Graham & Green - looks like yours Neal. We previously had a cheap one with legs from B&Q or similar that fell apart after about a year.

Don’t be alarmed by the jaunty angle of the parasol and stand, it’s bungee-tied to a large vertical wooden post!

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Thers a few different companies which sell them, i think they all come from the same foundry..

We had a terracotta chiminea at the old house stood on a wraught iron stand, it was pretty damn good and lasted years but it eventually cracked (i think the boy booted the footy at it) it was still useable but it wouldn't have survived the move so we left it for the folks who moved in.

If you want an exorbitantly priced base, you know where to come ;)

 

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@AlientoyWorkmachine would love to, but not sure how much of Big Sur is open these days—after the fires a few years ago it seemed like a whole big swath was closed down for the foreseeable future, no? At least up North around Julia Pfeiffer…sad times to be a California outdoorsman (or maybe a just a member of the younger generation, in general)

@JDelage they’re pretty much everywhere, this time of year. Always really nice to be on a ridge or in a valley in the evening and see one side all closed up for the night and the other side still open soaking up sun, or the reverse in the morning

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As luck (or a very generous partner) would have it I was able to get out with a friend for about 36 hours over the weekend to get in a few short hikes and make some work off the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

The goal was to check out a few "balds" - treeless mountaintops, usually because of clearcutting decades ago. I'm more or less a stay at home dad right at the moment but my art practice isn't going away, it's just mostly dormant for a bit. Anyways, while the view at these places is amazing most of the work I do has to do with places that have some kind of history of blatant mediation in the landscape. While I make landscape pictures - these images below aren't my work - just some iphone pics to catalog the trip a bit. 

We started off at Max Patch, which used to be a cattle and sheep pasture and even had a landing strip for airplanes ~100 yrs ago. It's right off the AT (Appalachian Trail) so you cross paths with some serious hikers from time to time who stop to enjoy the view. I'm also not sure how much they love us denim clad car hikers.

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small car park after about 10 miles on gravel roads - if it's full you're SOL and need to drive the 30-40 min back out. Not quite peak season yet thankfully.

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A quick view from up top.

Then crashing at the Pisgah Inn right off the parkway. It's usually tough to get a room there, but travel is still down because of Covid, and also early season. I'd never been able to get a spot at the Inn during my 5 years living in NC - so I was happy to get it finally. 

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Dusk from my dinner spot. 

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Doing this trip in one of my preferred tuxes - Companion Natural Indigo jacket / MF midnight 64's. Hat is Cottle. 

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Woke up to that Thomas Cole / Hudson River Valley painters kinda light the next morning. The city I live in is just forested and hilly enough that I really don't get to see much sunrise/sunset so this was a treat. 

Hit a couple of more spots the after this before jetting back down the hills but will leave it here. 

Probably the last time I get up there before our family moves back to the Midwest so while a short trip I'll take it. 

@julian-wolf any part of Big Sur will do if it's open. I have no idea how it is these days, it's been almost a decade since I got out there but some of my favorite camping I've ever done - there was a spot off highway one first come first serve no reservation - overlooking the sea. Just bananas. 

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Did a spot of urban fishing in the Sheaf this morning, jumped over the railway bridge and climbed down the wall..

Caught 4 nice trout in 1.5hrs with a perch plug (for reference, the lure is 3" long so the fish was around 16")

This was the best of em...

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I spotted them in the river on my walk up Abbeydale Rd last weekend :)

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