Category Archives: Distractions

Harewood or Rabbit Wood?

Happy Easter to one and all. Jack Plane

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Of Padauk Legs and Rats

In 1751, aged fourteen, Thomas Parker joined the Royal Navy where he led an unremarkable career as a seaman. In 1762, whilst bathing in Bahía de la Habana, Parker was attacked by a large shark. He survived the attack but … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

What a year! Cheers to everyone who took the time to read my posts over the past year, and a special thank you to those who commented on them. Wishing everyone happiness and prosperity in 2021. Jack Plane

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Season’s Greetings

Whatever your persuasion and situation, I wish you all well during the festive season. Francis Wheatley, The Mistletoe Bough, circa 1790. Jack Plane

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Swizzle

The only use for the timber of the swizzle tree (Quararibea turbinata) that I can find is for making goad sticks (figure 1). Fig. 1. Goad stick with swizzle haft. However, ‘swizzles’ are concoctions that originated on the island of … Continue reading

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Historical Social Distancing

I won’t dwell on the current COVID-19 pandemic – this is not the platform – but while reading some of the daily updates on-line, an aspect of a much earlier pandemic piqued my interest. Typhus, yellow fever and cholera epidemics … Continue reading

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The Good Oil

A friend dropped in to see me this week with a horrific story of near disaster. She had been carrying out some maintenance around the home and had given her wooden veranda its annual oiling. One morning, before the breeze … Continue reading

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Now we are Ten

Ten years ago today – and feeling somewhat despondent – I began writing this blog. It has since elevated my spirits and the combination of making furniture and writing about it continues as one of my favourite pastimes. Today I … Continue reading

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A Counterfeit Tortoise Shell Frame

Samuel Pepys’ diary entry for Wednesday 27 June 1666. He (Lovett) did also carry me to a Knight’s chamber in Graye’s Inne, where there is a frame of his making, of counterfeite [sic] tortoise shell, which indeed is most excellently … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Cheers to everyone who took the time to read my posts over the past year, and a special thank you to those who commented on them. Wishing everyone happiness and prosperity in 2019. Jack Plane

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