Advaark 2020 Day 23: Making wood work.

Fury and Bernard are going to have a go at some woodwork today! They’ve got Fury’s tools, and a selection of timber.

Fury and Bernard have tools and sticks of timber and a sheet of wood

Bernard is eyeing up this sheet of timber, I wonder what he’ll make?

Bernard looks at the sheet of wood

Fury is getting busy sawing up some sticks, she’s clearly got a project in mind.

Fury is sawing a stick with a big saw.

There! Fury has made some rustic crates – ideal for storing vegetables in, or to make up as a hamper maybe.

Fury has a couple of simple wooden crates.

And Bernard… Gosh! That chest of drawers is amazing. We never knew you were so talented Bernard!

Bernard has made a polished mahogany chest of drawers

Advaark 2020 Day 21: Silly string!

We’re going to have a go at some string art today! We’ve got string, pins, and a template. We’re going to stick them into a piece of balsa, painted black. You could use corrugated card, or polystyrene.

Fury, Ratvaark and Nano have gathered all the stuff together.

First thing to do is to lay the template on the wood, and put pins, or nails, in round the edge. We’re putting one at each corner and a few inbetween. Fury’s got her big hammer to tap them in with.

The vaarks lay a paper star on the wood and put pins at the corners

Fury taps the pins in with her big hammer

Now, Nano is going to take the thread and go for a walk in and out of the pins! He goes all round the edge first, then back and forwards to fill in with a random pattern.

Nano has the gold thread round his middle and is taking it round the pinsThe thread has gone all round the edge of the star

Nano has filled in the shape with random threads.

Now Nano, you can pick it up. What? It’s too heavy? It can’t be, it’s only balsa!

Fury and Ratvaark look on as Nano tries to lift the piece.

Oh Fury! I think you’ve nailed it to the floor!

Ratvaark looks at Fury

Advaark 2020 Day 7: A box of delights!

Fury and I are going to make up a hamper! Hampers are lovely gifts because everyone likes a treat!

ratvaark and fury pose with a basket and lots of foodstuffs.

It’s a good idea to put some shredded paper in the basket, to nestle things into. Here’s some chocolate coins, and a nice pot of homemade jam.

Fury sits on a pile of shredded paper in the basket

the vaarks put a bag of chocolate coins and a jar of jam into the shredded paper

Now, here’s a problem. Make sure the things you want to put in the basket aren’t bigger than the basket!

fury looks on as ratvaark tries to fit a packet of fancy biscuits that’s too long for the basket

Fury sits on a bar of chocolate balanced on top of the biscuits, all too big for the basket

What’s that Fury, you’ve got an idea?

Fury looks down and talks to ratvaark

Well, Fury is right. A basket is a very nice and useful present on its own! We’ll just tidy up this other stuff…

fury and ratvaark eat the chocolate coins next to an empty basket

What’s Winston up to?

Oh, hello! Here’s Winston, Vincent and Fury having a meeting. I wonder if it’s about Winston’s new business venture?

Ratvaark spots Winston Vincent and Fury having a meeting. They have papers, and a flip chart that says Stock plus Premises , Launch and Profit.

Hello you lot. What are you talking about?

Ratvaark speaks to the three, who look at him

Not saying? Oh! It’s a secret? Well!

The three sit on their papers to hide the contents

I’ll leave them to it then. Unless…

Ratvaark leaves them to talk

Perhaps I can hear what they’re saying from here.

As the three talk, Ratvaark tries to listen in from a distance

*Nonchalant whistling*

It’s no good, I’m not going to find anything out. I’ll just have to wait and see!

The three look at Ratvaark as he whistles with his nose in the air.

Fury’s Big Bang!

Fury says:

I was outside, servicing me truck earlier, when Winston came by, He said he’d got something I might be interested in…

Cor! Look at the size of that rocket! I’ve gotta have that to let off tomorrow night! Imagine lighting that blue touchpaper!

So me and Winston negotiated a price and the deal was done.

Fury gives Winston a wrapped biscuit

Everyone who came by was very excited about the prospect of such a big rocket.

Several other vaarks are admiring the rocket

Oh heck, Arnold’s coming! Quick, stand in front of it, he’ll have a fit!

Fury looks off to one side, worried

What’s that Arnold? Nah, we’re just hanging out, you know. Nothing goin’ on.

Arnold looks suspicious as the vaarks line up to try and hide the rocket

Drat, he’s spotted it….

Arnold spots the rocket and his ears fly up.

Well, he’s given us all a lecture on the dangers of fireworks and then he’s only gone and confiscated it!

I’ll have to get me biscuit back off Winston… Winston! Come back ‘ere!

Fury looks for Winston who is disappearing off out of shot.

Fury escapes a frock!

Matilda called Fury, Esther and Ofelia into our lounge to show them the material she’s chosen for the bridesmaid dresses!

Esther, Fury and Ofelia look at some pale green fabric on the table in front of Matilda

Fury said, could she have a word? Only, that’s really not her colour, in fact she’s not keen on frocks generally. She thinks she can find something more useful to do than be a bridesmaid.

Fury has a word in Matilda’s ear

Matilda said that was fair enough, so Fury scooted off, and left them admiring the silky feel of the cloth.

Esther feels the fabric draped over her snozzle as Matilda and Ofelia admire it.

Molten Metal!

Fury here. I went to Warrington FabLab to have a go at casting metal in sand. Funny looking folk over there.

Fury looks at a warning sticker of a face in a gas mask

First thing you have to do is push some special sand through a sieve to get the lumps out. Then you pack it into a metal frame, like making a sandcastle.

Then you put the thing you want to make a cast of onto the surface of the sand, and put another frame on top and fill that with sand too.

Then, when you lift the top frame off, very carefully, and pick out the model of the thing, you’ve got a hole the exact same shape in the sand! This is going to be an axe!

there is a hole in the sand the shape of the axe

There’s a hole, to pour the metal into. What do you mean you can’t pour metal? You can, when you’ve turned the heat up to gas mark 21!

And in goes the metal! You know the mould is full, when you see the metal in the second hole. Now, it has to cool down for 24 hours. I’m hoping they’ll send us a picture of the finished thing!

Anyway, after all that hard work, we needed some dinner, so we went to IKEA. Now, which to have, meatballs with JAM?! or chicken and chips? Or perhaps, a nibble of each…