Woodworking Plans & Projects Magazine Issue 93 May 2014

16 April 2014 by Rod Carruthers
Don't miss Hobbies new advert in the May edition of Woodworking Plans & Projects Magazine - The UK's essential workshop project & technical manual. We are advertising our hugely popular Proxxon FET Table Saw at a special price of £299.95 The magazines' special features this month include making your own router table, a model waterwheel, garden outdoor planters, a terrific quirky bathroom sign, and an item you didnt even know you wanted until now - a cantilever over-bed table. Regular features and stories include the making of charcoal, and the history of the Jack plane. They also put the impressive Dremel MS20 Moto-Saw through its paces and give a glowing review. A special feature in the magazine is The Hobbies Story - giving a brief outline of the Hobbies company from its humble beginnings selling fretwork machines and materials, the Hobbies magazines and factory in Dereham. Hobbies lives on and is now based in Raveningham, Norfolk of course.
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Great Yarmouth's outstanding Time & Tide Museum presents the amazing 'Super Models' exhibition

15 April 2014 by Rod Carruthers
The Time & Tide museum is one of Norfolk’s real treasures, and offers the best introduction you’ll find to the fascinating and historic town of Great Yarmouth . Set in a beautifully preserved Victorian curing works, Time & Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day. Discover the town's rich maritime heritage and its development as a popular seaside resort. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet colourful characters who made their living from the sea. This dynamic and family-friendly museum places fascinating archive films alongside recreations of local cottages, a noisy 1950s fish wharf and the charming shops of a 1913 ‘Row’. The highlight is the unforgettable chance to step inside one of the towering original smokehouses, where the smell of smoked fish still lingers. The museum regularly updates exhibitions and the latest one called 'Super Models' is a real winner, featuring characters from the movie 'One Million Years B.C.' and 'Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit'. This model of a Fisherman's Cottage was made by Norfolk model maker Joseph 'Darby' Evans. He often used recycled materials in his work. The cottage was made from salvaged...
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Visit the 'Lydia Eva' Restored Steam Drifter Moored at Great Yarmouth

09 April 2014 by Rod Carruthers
An extensive makeover over the winter months has got the steam drifter Lydia Eva looking her best since her launch over 80 years ago from Crabtree's Slipway in Great Yarmouth. All on-board fixtures have been painted and varnished, brass has been polished and many mechanical parts, such as the ships telegraph have been completely overhauled. Now volunteers caring for this historic vessel on the River Yare are aiming to make her a new season attraction for visitors to the town. She opens to the public on on April 7th and visitors will be able to tour her seven days a week. Entry is free but there is also the opportunity for guided tours for individuals, private groups and schools. Following an appeal in the EDP for new skippers, 12 people applied with the necessary qualifications to take charge of her when she goes out to sea. That means she will take people out on at least four occasions this summer. This will be an expensive year for her because at the end of the season she has to go into dry dock for essential maintenance jobs - a cost of more than £20,000 To help with fundraising, Norfolk raconteur Keith...
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