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New Year & New Hobbies

Why People Love their hobby…

There are many reasons why people love their hobbies. Some common reasons include:

  1. Hobbies provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. When we engage in activities that we enjoy, we often feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in what we have done.
  2. Hobbies can be a source of stress relief. Many people find that engaging in their hobbies helps them relax and unwind after a long day.
  3. Hobbies can be a great way to socialize and make new friends. Many hobbies, such as sports and hobbies that involve group activities provide opportunities to meet and interact with new people.
  4. Hobbies can be a way to express creativity and try new things. Engaging in hobbies can allow us to explore our interests and try new things that we may not have the opportunity to do in our daily lives.
  5. Hobbies can provide a sense of purpose and meaning. For some people, their hobbies are a central part of their identity and give their lives a sense of purpose and meaning.

Overall, hobbies can be a wonderful way to enrich our lives and bring us joy and fulfillment.

ENJOY THE PROCESS,

Here are a few tips for keeping the excitement of a new hobby:

Santa brought you some new hobby stuff.
  1. Set goals: Having specific goals to work towards can help keep you motivated and engaged in your hobby. These goals can be short-term, like learning a new skill, or long-term, like completing a project.
  2. Experiment with different techniques: Trying out new techniques or approaches can help keep things fresh and exciting.
  3. Take breaks: Taking breaks can help prevent burnout and give you something to look forward to when you return to your hobby.
  4. Find a community: Joining a group or community of people who share your hobby can provide support, encouragement, and new ideas.
  5. Take on new challenges: Pushing yourself to try new things or take on more challenging projects can help keep things interesting.
  6. Mix things up: Changing up your routine or trying new variations of your hobby can help prevent boredom and keep things exciting.
  7. Reflect on your progress: Taking time to reflect on how far you’ve come and the progress you’ve made can help keep you motivated and excited about your hobby.

Remember that it’s normal for excitement to wane over time, and that’s okay. It’s important to find balance and not put too much pressure on yourself to always be excited about your hobby.

Don’t let the grinch into your hobby space!

There are many reasons why people might give up on their hobbies. Some possible reasons include:

  1. Lack of time: Hobbies often require a dedicated time commitment, and if people become busy with work, school, or other responsibilities, they may not have enough time to continue pursuing their hobbies.
  2. Loss of interest: It’s possible that people may lose interest in their hobbies over time, either because they have moved on to other interests or because they simply don’t enjoy the hobby as much as they used to.
  3. Frustration: Some hobbies can be challenging, and if people are unable to make progress or are consistently failing, they may become frustrated and give up.
  4. Financial constraints: Some hobbies can be expensive, and if people can’t afford to continue participating in them, they may have to give them up.
  5. Health issues: If people experience health problems that prevent them from participating in their hobbies, they may have to give them up.

It’s important to note that giving up a hobby doesn’t necessarily mean that a person has stopped enjoying it or that they won’t pick it up again in the future. There are many factors that can influence whether or not people continue to pursue their hobbies, and it’s common for people to take breaks or switch between different hobbies over time.

How to Polish Rocks by Hand

Alternative to Expensive Rock Polishing Equipment

 

 

There are many ways to polish rocks by hand. You could use a rock tumbler.That is if ya want to wait a couple of weeks to get your rocks polished. Or you could use a diamond wheel polisher.That will set you back $1400. for the smaller version like the 6″ size. And if your really on a low bduget you could use sandpaper.LOTS of sand paper.

Now don’t get me wrong; there are benifits to these three methods. It’s all up to you and your chooseing.But if you really want to polish rocks by hand take a look below.

Depending on how much money and time you have,thereare quite a few options including the diamond pads shown below. It is currently the method I am using with more than desirable results.

 

These diamond hand pads from Amazon are a nice in between from basic sand paper to the high end polishing machines. There is effort in using these pads but the results are fantastic.You can polish round rocks,flat rocks even some rocks that have those little crevesis in them.

I’ve included a photo here of my homemade rock carving and polishing cabinet. Having a setup like this is not necssary however it makes my hoby a bit more enjoyable.

Homemade Custom Rock carving and polishing Cabinet

 

In the YouTube video above I showed you step by step how to polish rocks by hand. AND for just under $60 bucks you can get the same results that I have gotten.

So Here is one more video so you can see the results with different rocks.

How to polish rocks by hand;the results!

Let me know what you think in the comments section.

Micarta Ring | 6 Steps it takes to build one

Micarta Ring

There are actually more then 6 steps it takes to build a micarta ring. But you’ll get a good idea of what goes into the build.

  1. Let’s start out with choosing the piece of micarta and stainless steel round bar stock that will make up the micarta ring.

Micarta chunk

Micarta chunk

Here I have chosen a 1″ outside diameter stainless steel bar rod. For work ability I cut this down with a portaband to 1/2″ wide before taking it to the mini lathe.

Using a 1-1/2″X1-1/2″ x .40 piece of Micarta that was sent to me from another ring maker to try out as the outer skin of the ring.

Micarta is extremely easy to work with both on and off the lathe. It cuts and sand easily without special tools. It also polishes up real nice.

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Foot Controls that Help with Production

Four Foot Controls I use while working.

Foot Controls

Foot Controls

Take a look at my work area on the floor.

You’ll see four foot controllers I use while working at the mini lathe bench. Utilizing these foot pedals allow me to focus using both hands during the production process.

 

 

Air & Power foot controls.

 

Air & Power foot controllers

Air & Power foot controllers

On the left side of my lathe bench are the air and power controllers.

The air foot pedal allows me to provide a coolant mist to my parts while machining them.

The power controls the shop vac which sucks in the fine spray mist from the coolant mister,Also during some of the sanding processes or turning wood inlay materials the shop vac sucks in dust and wood chips.

 

 

 

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