Danger. Sneezer at work


An explosive sneezer’s tale

A small digital camera is rapidly becoming my best friend.  The work on redecorating the original Great Hall continues, but there are theinfill - hidden nooks and cranniessmall nooks and crannies that you can design for and apply material to, but that you cannot view head on.  In ‘steps’ the small digital camera, takes the shot and you can then realise that the decoration is lopsided, upside-down and/or back to front.

The garden gnome seems to get himself  in everywhere, but if you peer into the left-hand distance of this shot, just beyond his head, you can see one of the many nooks and crannies that can no longer be viewed reliably from a straight, head-on position.

theinfill - change of profile from square to quarter round

Today’s problem was caused by a sneeze.  Well, that’s my story.

The task at hand involves ¼” wood strips being shaped into rounded edge beading and having a decoration stuck there-upon.

All the wood bits were prepared, measured to size for each of the bays they need to fit and laid-out according to final position above, along with the slim strips of paper decoration yet to be glued to them.

Then I sneezed.

Now, I own a sneeze that would stop a full orchestra in the later stages of the ‘1812 Overture‘, including the artillery. I recall one time, when about 9 year’s old, being bored to death by the length of time it took a friend to show me how he stuck the stamps in his Stanley Gibbons Album with hinges he kept in an old tobacco tin.  Yup, I sneezed.  The friend shot 3 ft into the air and landed amongst a delicate shower of hinges and precious, no longer sorted, stamps.

And, in the current explosion it was indisputably proven that short lengths of ¼” wood do not weigh so much either.  Not to mention the accompanying paper strips.

I cleaned up as best I could (forgive the image) and lined up the wood strips once more, taking particular care to make sure they were placed in the order for which they were cut and that they were paired with their own paper strip.  Two of the pieces are pretty close in sizing, and, when tried in place, (more than once) the larger seemed to fit:  the excess had slotted behind one of the ceiling support beams.  This then left its ‘almost twin’ fitting beautifully in place, but, invisibly to me, that wee bit too short.  Feeling confident, and a little light-headed after the sneezing, the designs were then affixed and the wood pieces uplifted.

A little something everyone needs for the hidden corners of life

theinfill - digital evidence

Blurry digital evidence of sneezer’s ineptitude

No longer feeling as chipper about the sorting out process – oh, yes, it’s always wise to panic after you’ve glued things in place – I immediately grabbed the camera.  It spots the mix up, I breathe steadily and move into action.  Off come the pieces and a swift swap is done before the glue realises what has happened.  More photos are taken – you never know with me at the helm, this time they could be upside-down.

Moral of the tale: 

Always work with a second pair of eyes …

… oh, and never work with a sneezer.

theinfill - view of decorated beading in Great Hall

A quick snap of what was being attempted


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