Keepin’ on Truckin’

I’ve always really enjoyed the tradition of wooden toys, and although I have not made too many myself (other than the few dinosaurs and front-loader gracing my office primarily), I’m constantly drawn to the wooden toys that are more heirloom than toy, with beautiful timbers being showcased, stunning finish, precise details.

I saw these pictures displayed on the Aust Woodwork Forums by one of this site’s regulars.  I’m always inspired when seeing these sorts of toys, so thanks Aussie (Ross) for both producing such an inspiring project, and sharing the stunning results with us!

1929 Ford Stake Bed Truck

1929 Ford Stake Bed Truck

Early Model Car and Truck

Early Model Car and Truck

A proud craftsman (and owner) of some beautiful examples

A proud craftsman (and owner) of some beautiful examples

A complete WIP (work in progress) can be seen here, and the plans themselves came from Toys and Joys.  I am seriously considering ordering some plans myself! I’ve perused the site a number of times, but having seen a local result is particularly inspiring! I hope at some time I will get to share my own version – hope it looks anywhere near as good as this!

Delving in the Archives

I’ve been spending a bit of the evening, diving through the files and folders of the old website (the really old one – my Triton one, last updated December 2006, and now only residing on one of my harddrives).

I spent a bit of the day (non shed day) re-setting up my home wireless network, and now sitting on my laptop in front of the Formula One, I have wireless access of my other computer (and can control and see its screen on this computer). So I can also see and access the 3 external harddrives currently plugged into it (4.5TB) as well as another harddrive plugged directly into my router, and a printer I can send files to wirelessly.  I feel like a king of my wireless domain!  All this is only relevant because of the access to my old files (easily).  Got a bit distracted – exciting action-packed start to the Grand Prix – bits of wing and cars flying everywhere!

One file I found, which I had pretty much forgotten – click here to see (it is about 1MB, so too big just to drop onto the main page (unfortunately)

A rather young Gordon Heggie demonstrating the Australian-made Superjaws.

FWIW, it is an animated gif file – what we used to use to get some inline form of movie file, back in Web 1.0 days! How times have changed (imagine one of my 30 minute movies all as an animated gif – probably fill the average harddrive!) 🙂

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