Telescopes, and astronomy hold an allure. There is an accompanying sense of exploration and discovery that comes with using a telescope. So, they are often featured on science websites. Rightfully so. And one prominent science website has picked up my book and written an article about it and about the wonders of the night sky. You can read the article on their website here.
I love the headline!
Adventure Through the Universe from Your Telescope
If you are interested in the book you can get it from my publishers website here:
See it With a Small Telescope at Ulysses Press
Or at amazon here:
See it With a Small Telescope on Amazon
I have been working with a mead maker on a new batch of mead. We have been coming up with a plan to create a mead company. Our plan for now is to ferment the mead and give it away at a long sword competition coming up in April. This way we can talk to people and see how they feel about mead – give out free samples and see what they think about it. I will keep you posted about this.
I was so excited to receive the first copy of my new book! Yay! I had to do an unboxing video showing the book. You can watch it on youtube here: https://youtu.be/d3jRQfua8mw
It took me seven years to write it and just a few days I go I finished the final edit.Yay!
I am so proud of this book. It was a lot of work. Now I need to find a literary agent and it’s needs a cover design. I will keep you updated on this.
One interesting thing when it comes to writing a novel. This is true for me anyway. But my notes and ancillary materials end up eventually to be twice the size of the actual novel. It is finished at 79k Words. But all the various supporting materials, notes and more have to be at least twice that.
It was a great feeling to pick up my local Sunday Newspaper and see a great looking two-page article about my new telescope book. I was tickled pink. And they did such a great job with the design and layout. Wow, More stuff coming including presentations and book signings. I will keep you posted.
I am Proud to announce that my latest book is now available for pre-sale on Amazon. This has been a wonderful project for me. It all came out of my love for astronomy and telescopes. My desire is that this book helps other people also discover the joy to be had with a small telescope.
See it With a Small Telescope – 101 Cosmic Wonders including Planets, Moons, Comets, Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters and More.
Pre-order it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2gF7mrv
If you order it be sure to send me a message so I can give you a thanks!
I have a big list of castles in America that I want to visit. I have already done some of them. This one is not too far away being in Providence RI. It is a very big armory. And it is currently not being used. It needs to be renovated and that is going to be expensive.
The Cranston Street Armory
It was built in 1907 and it has been used continually until recently, mostly by various military units like Military Police , Coast Guard and National guard.
There are two things about this Fortress that make it stand out. First off it is enormous. Very big for an armory. If I remember correctly the main area in the middle ( a large hall) is over 2 acres in size. One of the pictures here shows what appears to be two structures, one on the left and one on the right. But those are just the towers on each end. The trees block our view of the center of the structure.
The second remarkable thing about this Fortress is the beautiful yellow/orange stonework. It is remarkable.
You can see more pictures of this fortress on my website here: The Cranston Street Armory
Not too far from where I live there is a historical society that has a whole lot of amazing stuff including a real blacksmithing shop. It was a functional shop in days gone by. And it is still functional although now it is used as a part of the historical society. And it is used for classes.
I am taking Saturday Morning classes there and I have already learned so much. They have a lot of resources including a permanent forge and portable forges. And a whole lot of great blacksmithing tools. The place is great.
I will keep you updated on what is happening there and I will post more pictures of the shop and the various stuff they have. If you are into blacksmithing you are going to love this stuff.
One thing that I really love about what has been happening lately is that Blacksmithing has made a big comeback. It is an art that almost died out. But it is back. Not so much as a needed craft but just as a wonderful hobby that a lot of people are interested in pursuing.
Blacksmithing is experiencing a renaissance. This is for a couple of different reasons. First off there is the internet! That has changed just about everything in the world. Now you can learn about all kinds of things including blacksmithing. Everything is on youtube or google.
Secondly video games have had a tremendous influence on blacksmithing. There are so many games that have swords, knives, armor, shields and all kinds of medieval period weapons. And in many of these games you have to blacksmith the stuff up! Yup, it’s true. Video games have helped with the Renaissance of blacksmithing!!!
Now to my point. Coal for forging used to be difficult to come by? Who the heck was buying coal. Years ago I couldn’t get small amounts. And by small amounts I mean 50 pounds or less. I could get 100 pound deliveries but sorry. I just can’t keep that much coal around.
I even went as far as making my own hardwood lump charcoal for forging. that tutorial is here:
How to make hardwood lump charcoal for forging
But nowadays you can very easily get small quantities of coal. Yay!
The decision now is what kind of fuel should you use for forging? I have done a video showing some options and what the benefits of each are. Want to see a forge in action with a couple of different types of fuels? Check out my youtube video right here: Coal vs Hardwood Lump Charcoal
I now have a new blacksmithing setup. It is a covered area and I like it a lot! There are a couple of nice advantages to this new setup including being sheltered from the weather. There was a point on my first day of using it when it started to rain, but it didn’t matter. That was nice. And being shaded means I can see the hot steel much better. You have to be able to judge the heat of metals when forging them and the color is important.
I will also be able to make better videos now that the area is shaded. Yay!
And I have a nice work triangle where it is very comfortable for me to grab metal out of the forge and bring it to the anvil without moving much. It is much more efficient and much more safer.
If you want to check it out you can watch my youtube video here:
The New Blacksmithing setup