July 12, 2019 · 10:50 am
Continuing with the weirdness and going totally off-topic from the type of posts you usually find here, let’s talk about a book of spoons and what it meant to me!.
The book is a short one, split into three parts:
- A story about the author, and how he got into spoon carving.
- Instructions on spoon carving techniques and knife grips.
- A beautiful collection of spoons, with some words about each one of them.
I’ve never heard of Barn The Spoon, he is a spoon artisan carving from green wood mostly using a knife and an axe. I actually got attracted to this book after seeing it while attending a workshop on wood carving, the idea of such a specific book and the hippie feel of everything related to carving without any advanced tools picked my interest, so immediately ordered it from Amazon.
I can’t recommend this book to everybody, but the vibe that it transmits it’s something felt close. The story of Barn is an interesting one, worth reading. And the included pictures are gorgeous (yes, those spoon photos are actually amazing, kudos to the photographer). The only point where it fails to me is trying to explain the knife grips using only prose, probably my engineer’s mind is tricking me here, but some drawings on what is trying to be conveyed would help.
After skimming it, and then thoroughly reading the book, Armed with a sharp knife, a hook knife and the explained techniques I started to carve my first spoon. Which was ok, chunky and nicer to look at than to use, but a second one followed, then a third… and after half a year spoons keep coming out of my hands!.
That’s the best compliment to give to the book, it made me want to carve and enjoy the carving process in itself. I feel that this was the point of all of it :-D.
some spoons after this
Filed under curious, DIY
Tagged as books, DIY, spoon, wood
May 20, 2019 · 12:56 pm
Well, what have you been up all those years? With no update on anything?
Mostly programming, jumping different jobs, started freelancing on my own, wrote a lot of Python, Golang, C. The usual suspects…
And now, for something completely different!. How I spent 4 months of my life restoring and old piece of furniture 😀
May 17, 2017 · 10:42 am
And now, for something completely different.
For a coming event we want to use logos from different bars and cafes around the block. The idea is to do a little of propaganda: banners, t-shirts, mugs all the way!
Some bars have their fancy logos already as a vector image. Other ones don’t even have a computer where the logo is stored.
In this post we’ll see how to create a vector file from a pixmap (jpg, png, whatever raster format that Inkscape can open). With a couple of examples, a graceful one and a crazy one.
There’s a lot of manuals online for this, an in-depth one with good examples can be found in Tavmjong Bah’s website.
March 18, 2016 · 5:58 pm
For the clock project I require text to appear in a small container, that is 4×4.
Since in this 4×4 I have to add vertical and horizontal spacing this ends with a 3×3 font.
Never in my life I designed a font, and if you check my hand writing… it is horrible. Luckily 3×3 only leads up to 2^9 options, 512 different characters, and I believed I could handle this.
After writing the font in a squared notebook, I checked that other fronts already exist, and, unsurprisingly they were very similar to mine.
Show me your font
Filed under code, curious, DIY
Tagged as C, DIY, font
February 10, 2016 · 4:35 am
Before any soldering or programming happens at all, I’ll need to have a general idea of what connects where.
This post presents the schematic for the Secret Santa Clock and a quick explanation of each “module” of the system. Everything from a bird’s-eye perspective that is enough for you to reproduce it.
show me the schematics
January 20, 2016 · 5:01 am
Back in business, I am alive and well, and working in an embedded software company.
For Christmas we play “secret Santa” with my family, and this year I was going to take the crown home with me. We only have one rule, and this is: “you have to do it yourself”.
I had some spare parts from past projects (or tinkering) and a rough idea of what to do: a calendar clock. And here we have the first post describing how I created the clock.
This post is just the overall design. Kind of an overview of what the clock will do, for more “meaty” content stay tuned, I plan on writing posts about each aspect:
- Wiring the DIY clock.
- A 3×3 font for LED matrix displays.
- Programming the DIY clock.
Casing the DIY clock.
- Arduino and tinyRTC
- Arduino and 4 led matrices
- Arduino clock software
As you can see, I am mostly software oriented (as usual :-D)
check out the design overview