Every time that I open my workshop I wonder if it will have been robbed. So far, I have had unsecured implements which are stored outside, stolen, and an attempt at stealing my Landcruiser ute, but no breaking and entering of the workshop itself. Mind you, any thief would have a tough time working out what to take… everything is scattered around, sitting where I last used it. And then there are the tiger snakes….
Reader Brendan has a couple of guard dogs for his workshop when he is not present.
And Brendan’s workshop is not all in one location. I counted 5 separate locations….
Meanwhile, in my workshop…
I am taking some of my stuff to an exhibition at the Royal Geelong Show in a week. The beam engine working on steam always gets some interest. And the Trevithick dredger engine has not featured at this event before, so that can go. I am currently working on the vertical boiler. The Southworth Duplex pump which is attached to the boiler, was working on air, but it refused on steam, so another tear down is due. If I can get it going that will be the third entry. If not, well, there is always next year. Fortunately Keith Appleton recently produced some videos on the Southworths, one of which had a similar problem, so I think that I know where my problem is.
Incidentally, I showed the beam engine, the Trevithick, and the boiler at an exhibition in Melbourne last weekend. Mostly well received. But I had a succession of people who said of the beam engine “very nice. Except for the cap screws.” When it reached 6 separate commenters on the same theme I was starting to suspect a conspiracy from these rivet counters. Yes it does have cap screws as the main fasteners. And no, they are not true to the period (late 19th century). But I quite liked the look of them. But, one does prefer approval in preference to criticism, and after this concerted barrage of criticism, I relented, and spent a couple of workshop sessions swapping out the cap screws for studs with hex nuts.
Sometime soon I will paint parts of this engine, and apply wooden lagging to the cylinder.