Last of the big spenders

Next issue of “The Shed” is now out, making it 3 different magazines currently in shops that I have articles in.

This issue, I have made a coin collector’s cabinet, that can hold up to 1200 individual coins, with each shelf holding a different part of the collection, be that a region, country, or in more detail, such as Australian 20c commemorative coins.

 
   

The Shed Mag

 

Latest issue out now.  Featuring my weather station project.

 

ManSpace 12

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Next issue is out (number 12 if anyone is keeping count).

I’ve lost track of what episode ManSpace TV is up to, but it is travelling well.

I have a couple of articles in this one- one on part 2 of the 3 part feature on building a shed, and a short one on bending timber with kerfing.

ManSpace comes to the Idiot Box!

It seems like a very long time ago, but I can finally let you know a secret.

ManSpace Magazine is going to launch itself onto your TV set on May 12! I was at the filming of the first episode late last year, and it looks like it will be a pretty cool show, an extension of the magazine, and vice versa.

It will be a 10 episode first series, I think each episode is to be 30 minutes long, and will air on GO! (Channel 9’s extra digital channel).

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Given Stu’s Shed’s connection to the magazine (I’ve been writing about tools and woodworking for them since the very first edition), I wonder if ‘The Shed’ will ever get to make an appearance?

All in all, a pretty awesome development for ManSpace Magazine! Very exciting 🙂 Oh, and it will be good to see some shed-related content on the box again, and not just some reality show or other.

Coming to a Newsagent (or a letterbox) Near You

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The magazine is going from strength to strength: even from an insider perspective it would be fair to say that it is maturing nicely. The cover this month looks great, and really lifts with the selective varnishing.

I have another 3 articles in this edition, and I’m particularly pleased with them. The editor does a great job turning my raw text and photos into a finished, formatted product. It is always a leap of faith to hand over articles to someone else to make the final decisions in editing: what photos are used, and how, what text survives and what hits the editing floor.

This month, subscribers have a chance to win a small edition (uh… I meant addition…talk about a Freudian slip!) to their space, so long as they can best explain (photographically) where it would fit….

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Must be about the last one not in captivity: not for much longer!

The mag is still $6.95, or $5 for subscribers. Not bad for pocket change!

What is Old, is New Again

What I find more even more interesting when looking at old magazines, old newspapers, old National Geographics, is not the articles, but the adverts.

Those things that cause us endless annoyance, or at least distractions (unless particularly pertinent, targeted to the audience of the magazine) become increasing fascinating as they age.

That is one just aspect of particular interest in the latest offering from Australian Wood Review.

A digital (DVD media) copy of back issues of the magazine that can be read article by article, or the complete magazine at a go.  There are currently 2 collections, covering issues 1-10 and 11-20, with a third one on the way.

It is a valuable resource, and where the physical magazines sit on shelves, or in boxes, and get to the point where they often will be disposed of, the digital versions take up little to no space (the size of a single DVD case) and remains in pristine condition.

Scanned at high resolution, they don’t suffer from the unfortunate pixellation I’ve seen in other magazine’s similar offerings (Fine Woodworking for example).

See what looks to be an early competing model for the Router Master (or is it an early version?), see early Carbatec adverts (and lament the prices items used to be!  An HNT Gordon Smoothing Plane at full price is $95!), and of course read the pearls of wisdom that have been spread through the various issues over the years.

Available from Aust Wood Review, this is a product worth getting on a number of levels.

For those who used to have early issues of the magazine and for a variety of reasons no longer have then in their possession, here you can own them again without having to sift through pawn shops and the like.

If you have never read these early editions (which is the boat I find myself in), then here is an opportunity to access them for the first time, and I am looking forward to continue reading through these early copies.

The Shed

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The Shed Magazine is a magazine focused on the legion of Kiwis who tinker in their sheds or garages.

That is the byline for a New Zealand magazine dedicated to the ingenuity of shed dwellers. (And a subscription was a Christmas present for me last year).

Growing up in NZ, particularly as an engineering graduate, and we were always fed the line of Kiwi Ingenuity.  Reading through the magazine, and just what the sheddites are doing, with such limited resources and I’m inspired again just how true that statement really is.

Current Edition

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The magazine is not specific to woodworking, or metalworking (or anything else particularly – it is as diverse as the shed dwellers that buy it!), and already I have read about rocketry, building a steam engine, building a jet pack, and the Centre for Fine Woodworking.

If nothing else, it is a relief to read about other shed owners who will tackle anything in their sheds, not accepting limitations on tools, materials, space or anything else, and will create, repair, tinker, hoard or just potter about in their realms.

http://www.theshedmag.co.nz

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