Stuart of stusshed.com gave a most interesting talk at last nights GSMEE meeting.
GSMEE, in case you are not familiar, stands for Geelong Society of Model and Experimental Engineers. A select group of people who are interested in things mechanical, electrical, steam, internal combustion, boats, etc. Mainly metal working, but sometimes involving woodworking.
Stuart generously gave his time, and drove several hours to show us some of his projects, and tools which were new and unusual to most of us.
He explained how when he was a very small boy, an uncle disappeared into his workshop, and a short time later reappeared with a simple wooden puppet toy which he had quickly made, and presented to Stuart. Stuart says that event made a lasting impression, and was influential in his decision to make things for himself, have his own workshop, and eventually to study mechanical engineering and have a career in engineering. And ultimately to start the hugely successful blog, stusshed, which to date has had 2.6 million hits!
He showed the puppet, which he keeps as a memento in his workshop.
Stuart then spoke briefly about his time in the navy, as an engine room engineer, running diesels, steam turbines, and gas turbines on frigates. All too brief, and hopefully the subject of a more detailed presentation in future.
He then showed some of his recent projects, some of which I snapped. Especially noteworthy was the Sopwith Camel, with a discussion about the origin of the roundels, the through propellor firing machine guns, and the huge torque which the radial engine produced causing the plane turn more easily to the right than the left (or vice versa- I cannot remember)..
Quite a few other woodworking projects, mainly toys, but also some interesting furniture, including a chair made of interlocking strips of wood in the form of a tambour, as in a roll top desk tambour. No photo unfortunately.
Then a small selection of tools from his incredibly well equipped workshop. A few photos following. I dont remember many of the brands and details, but most of these tools have been reviewed on Stuart’s blog, so check out stusshed.com if you need more info.
The Incra guides and measuring devices were particularly attractive
These are just a few of the many tools which Stuart had to show us. 2 hours went very quickly. Thanks Stuart!