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Desk Jockeys

Sick of a cluttered desk? Where is that pen?

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Look no further! Grab a car based desk tidy for the petrolhead in you. There are some rare items in the new range and a whole range of hardwoods and reclaimed fifty three year old pine.

I can’t lie, I’ve had fun designing and making these and I’ve two secret favourites. They’re the PI, ideal for a maths teacher but taken from the souped up Triumph 2000 in the 2.5 straight six Power Injected version, that’s a pillar badge from 1963-77. My second fave is the Hillman Imp ‘Super’ badge, again from the 70’s and the nick in the top looks like a fault, but that’s where the ‘I’ in Imp sat on top of the super badge.

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In no particular order:

  • Honda – A CB750 tank badge mounted on mahogany, three pen.
  • Vanden Plas – A boot badge from the Vanden Plas range, maybe a Princess (pre-Leyland) on reclaimed 1963 pine, waxed only.
  • Vertical M – MG BGT centre boot badge. 1970’s mounted on mahogany.
  • Vertical D – Daimler bonnet centre on 1963 pine. Nail holes and fatigued. Antique oil finish.
  • Vertical PI – Triumph 2.5PI, pillar badge mounted on two tone reclaimed oak.
  • Vertical MG – Midget / B / GT badge mounted on mahogany block.
  • Horizontal MG – As above but mounted on distressed reclaimed mahogany, 3 pen.
  • Vertical CL – Triumph 2.5CL model, pillar badge mounted on reclaimed, distressed mahogany.
  • Vertical Ghia – 1970’s trim badge, single or two pen in mahogany.
  • Horizontal Super – Hillman Imp Super boot badge, single pen.
  • Horizontal Singer – Singer cars boot badge, three pen on slightly distressed reclaimed mahogany.
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Flying “A”

Some people at fairs want to beat you down on price, just like I’m sure they do at Sainsburys every week.

“Well I can see that you marked the price of that milk at £1.49, but I’m sure that my money is better than other peoples so I’ll offer you a quid.”*

*Possibly never heard!

I’ve not asked what they do and immediately asked for discount back from their role, nor have I said “I only sell to pretty people so get lost”, but I’d be a liar if I hadn’t thought it.

Todays make is a flying A, Austin A30 bonnet badge with pen, mounted on yew. I remembered, a bit late to photo the starting points.

The start

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The processes

I enjoyed the wire wool, metal polish, cleaning brush, drill, sawing, sanding, bees-waxing, waxing (yes there are more than one finishes quite often), drilling mounts, screw shortening, countersinking, fitting, re-fitting with split washers, and polishing all of which were involved in the make.

That’s fourteen (14 processes so far)

Photographing, adding text overlays, creating support text, uploading to buffer, posting on Instagram, organising days when I can do fairs, booking and paying for them, creating marketing to support these, getting up at stupid o’clock to get to the fair, un packing, creating the stall look and layout, paying for my chip and pin card machine, going to fairs and scouring e-bay for stock. These activities, they’re not as much fun.

We’re up to twenty eight (28) processes now.

The least fun are putting petrol in the car, and paying bills! (30 processes)

The result

So, please, if you like it buy it. If you don’t, then look at the next stall, I’m sure there will be something here you like AND which is in your budget.

If you are at a Craft Market, be nice, pay the price, quite often I give stuff away for free, or offer discounts to those ‘nice people’ without them even asking for it.

I’ll happily do some special Austin discount on this one, but you’ll have to prove that you are buying for an Austin, or that is your name!

Have a great week.

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