Welcome to a scrapbook showing a rather eclectic mix of some of the little things that my son and I have knocked together in our small (and rather cramped) garage. That’s me, Ed, on the left. The other one is Lou. This photo is 10 years old so I’m now much older (but not much wiser), and Lou is a proper grumpy teenager. Thankfully he still loves making things, and frustratingly has turned out to be a much better metal welder than me (which isn’t difficult).

We love trying to make things from scrap, saving materials from going to the dump, and doing things as cheaply as possibly (I’m a Yorkshireman). Our friends know that I love a bit of ‘bin raiding’ and I’m always very grateful when they offer me the chance to rummage through a skip or their junk piles.

We not trying to claim anything we’ve made is remotely original, clever, unique or particularly well crafted, but we’ve both really enjoyed making all these things. Because much of our inspiration has come from images we’ve seen on the internet, we decided we should do our part and take some snaps of our projects to post back online as well. I realise I’m a complete Luddite with technology, and everyone else is now sharing images with more modern social media, but an old fashioned website like this is as good as it gets from me I’m afraid.

April 2020

We’re currently having a small break from making things in the garage, and instead we’re now outside in the lovely sunshine constructing two garden sheds. Our plan is to free up a little more garage space to enable us to set up an old lathe we have and learn the skill of wood turning. After many years of cutting all our wood by hand, we’re also desperate for a table saw to speed things up a little.

As soon as we’re back into the garage then Lou wants to embark on another bass guitar making project, and I’ll continue…relentlessly…with my ongoing mini fairground organ project (see ‘Ed’s Little Organ’ section).


November 2020

Now we’ve finished the sheds we were able to clear out lots of junk and revamp the inside of our garage to make it a bit more fun to be in. I’ve never got around to making a ‘tool wall’ but I have to admit that now we’ve made a place for everything on the walls I can’t believe I didn’t do it years ago.