Monday, December 20, 2010

Welcome to my new blog

My good friend and big-headed plane fanatic Jameel of Benchcrafted was kind enough to set up this blog for me. He's a great guy, but maybe a little too helpful sometimes. I don't know whether to thank him, or block his phone number. Maybe I'll just ignore him altogether....then again, maybe he'll get mad and try and burn down my shop....

No that's not my shop burning in the background it's actually Jameel's first attempt at making charcoal. As soon as he shut off the air to the container it starting boiling smoke and then the worst thing that could possibly happen occurred......the wind died and the air went perfectly still, nope not a bit of wind. 30 minutes later the entire neighborhood was engulfed in this dense white smoke.

When the Fire Truck pulled into their driveway Jameel and his brother Father John Abraham were standing by the drum in their cooking aprons acting as if everything was normal. They explained that they were merely smoking some pork roast and if the firemen returned the next day they would hook them up with some killer Bar-B-Que.

If you have't figure it out by now this Blog will not be exclusively about planes and the making of planes. There will also be some post about woodworking projects, tools that I acquire from other independent tool makers for my own use and post about people shutting the school across the street down due to excessive smoke pollution in the air. ( I couldn't resist!)

All in all I want this blog to be fun as well as informative. Sometimes, at our own peril, we take life and ourselves just a little too seriously, so I'll try to keep the post light hearted and we'll poke fun at ourselves and maybe at a few other people that we think might be able to endure some good natured kidding.


  1. Welcome to the blogosphere! I am a power tool guy who is getting the itch to do more with hand tools, so I will be following your blog with interest.

  2. Hey Ron
    Nice looking blog ,you need to a do better job at screening your phone calls! ( wink! wink! ) Jameel did a fine job of setting it up. Look forward to reading it .
    Merry Christmas to you and the family .
    Jerry Sats

  3. Welcome, welcome. I'm glad to hear that you will talk about more than just planes. Not that I don't want to hear about your b-e-a-utiful planes, but I think the success of a blog can be measured by the personality behind it. Not only for the readers, but for the writer. You are off to a great start and I'm looking forward to more.

  4. Ha! I did the exact same thing last batch of charcoal... Tell Jameel to try pointing a map torch at the smoke just as it exits the burner, if there are enough volatiles coming off the wood, it will burn nicely and he presto! no smoke.

    Might keep the school open a little longer.


  5. Hi Ron,

    It's much easier to go to the grocery store or borg and get some hardwood charcoal. At least the ones around here carry hardwood charcoal along with the briquettes.

  6. Thanks everyone for the comments. Wilbur they actually got about 30 pounds of very nice charcoal, of course if the Fire Marshall had been in town there's no telling what that charcoal would have cost after they paid the fine. (grin)

    I promise the next post will be about planes, maybe even some stainless planes.

  7. Ron,

    Pretty impressive, making your own charcoal. Do you make your own water too? Looking forward to following your blog.

    George Walker

  8. Ron,

    Great looking new blog. Look forward to reading what's going on with you.

    I hope our paths cross again this year at some of the shows. Happy New Years.

    Lee Laird

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