Inside the Boleyn 2020

January 3rd 2020

Welcome back to the Boleyn Workshop and a Happy New Year to any regular readers and those who have dropped in randomly in search of some maroon or Post Office Red enlightenment. I am hoping to post more regularly this year and perhaps even to finish some of those projects that are lurking relentlessly in the steel cabinets of my increasingly delapidated workshop, the once mighty Boleyn.  And the new decade arrives with an absolute smasher in the form of a very well preserved Coronet International Woodworker owned by Paul from High Wycombe who is kindly sending in topless and other intimate colour photos like the one below.  These photos and accompanying text are now up on the site on this page funnily enough.  Coronet International Woodworker
 Jan 8th.

Blimey it seems that I've posted more already this year than in the entire last one.  The old black dog has had an almighty size ten in the gonads and is limping off around the corner out of sight.  Changes are afoot in the Boleyn.  The half of the workshop with the woodburner has had several incarnations.  From 2005 it has been in turn a general office and executive sports lounge for the 2010 World Cup from South Africa, centre of excellence for the training of AC and biscuit store, anger management centre and minor den of iniquity.  The time has come for it to return to a sports lounge for my bi-weekly crib games which are a keenly contested event fuelled by haddock and chips and pots of tea.  The odd lardy cake also makes a guest appearance.  As me and my mate are advancing into later middle age the need for greater comfort has arisen, warmth being a priority.  My proposed and seconded by myself plan involves the removal of all benches and worktops for retrofitting in the other half of the workshop in order to make room for two chairs and the old WSM sewing machine frame which I am going to convert into a mobile card table.  Steps have already been taken to install three metal cabinets for stereo containment and machine parts and tool storage which has worked really well.  The workbenches have been removed and are now taking up all the space in the other half.  I can't even get to the kettle.
As I am running short of space in my website I have deleted some pages to make room for the expansion of others.  To upgrade for more space would mean spending money and I do not want to sell advertising space here to raise  funds.  I have had enough of advertising.  It is everywhere. From football matches to online videos we are saturated with it these days and it puts me off reading anything that has it attached.

Jan 22nd

The winds that blew across the South of England recently had the cheek to lift up two of the Boleyns roof panels along with the fixing bolts.  Water then entered and ruined part of the ceiling.  Luckily my Nepalese mate Sunil was visiting last week so I sent him up a ladder and onto the roof to fix it.  It was a doddle for someone who is a licensed trekking guide for up to 2300 metres and what's more he didn't stop for dal bhat once.  We saved that until lunchtime.  The bolts were easily ratcheted down again to make the workshop watertight once more.   Refurbishment plans have been delayed though.  AC's brother RC came up for workshop Tuesday evening after the Christmas shutdown and I enlisted him to do a temporary repair on the ceiling in between cups of tea and talk of Warhammer.  Ninety minutes of it.
During my correspondence with Paul of Coronet International fame it transpired that he had a rare sales brochure for the machine.  He has very kindly sent two high resolution photos and twelve individual scans of it which are posted up on the International page.  Many thanks Paul for the great addition to the site.  Another thing Paul sent me was a link to a youtube video and what a treat it was.  It is an original Coronet Tool Co demonstration cine film in colour but with no sound.  It seems as though someone is playing it onto a screen and filming it with a mobile phone simultaneously and to be fair it works well.  The man performing the demo is the one from the official catalogue and he does an excellent job in showing off all the attachments.  What a treat to see the Major with it's shiny steel and bright paint not to mention the demonstrator's official Coronet Tool Co jacket/apron.  Follow the link below and feast your eyes.
Thanks again Paul.

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