About

Having owned and managed a radio design and manufacturing company for over 36 years I have finally sold and retired.   I have reverted back from electronics to my roots of ‘making things’ and trying to document what I have done so others might be stimulated to follow.

If you want some more detail on my history then see this page.

My workshop has grown over the last four years and now has a Tormach PCNC440 for CNC working which is really stretching me as a newbie to this technology.   Various sites such as NYC CNC are helping me get there.

When not in the workshop I can be found running my 5″ live steam locomotive, playing golf,  tending my veggie plot, operating on amateur radio and most important of all, spending time away from it all in our house in France.

Self indulgent ?  Why yes I guess it is but then I have a lot of time to make up. Why not join me and share any common interests ?

Use the email below which is not a link but an image so I don’t attract spam.

5 Replies to “About”

  1. hi woody you have really inspired me, i have just ordered a video and book from wr smith website after reading what you wrote about him , i have a ml7r and hope to build a clock , thanks for posting your advice cheers john

    1. Hi John, thanks for your message and glad you are enjoying my posts.
      Bill is a great source of info and designs and I think you will find him interesting.
      I am located near Reading if you are passing and want to call in for a chat.

  2. Woody your site it great and we share much in common including a love of France though unsurprisingly and sadly my wife and I have decided to hold off this year.

    Apropos your comment about advising your staff to approach a problem from an unorthodox direction, I would like to make an addition if I may?
    Never go bed with a machining problem in mind and expect to wake up with the answer.

    If I try this, and I often do, I can never crack the problem in my mind . Why? Because I can’t take my lathe to bed. Myfords (I love your new machine) weigh a lot as you well know but seriously all my best problem solving is generally done at the bench when I have all my kit around me and the answers usually come in the morning and quickly. Clearly sleep helps a lot and probably my age doesn’t!

    All best, Tim White

    1. Hi Tim

      Thanks for your feedback and comments which are appreciated. We also have missed France having just returned to UK before lockdown occurred. We are desperate to go back and visit if nothing else for a change of scenery. Our French neighbours have been cutting the grass for us and we can ‘wave’ at them on the CCTV.

      I rarely do much amateur radio these days other than operating in France. I had never considered a Parset. Most of my work is mechanical with some digressions into electrical and Arduino where needed. Every day is different and there is always something to make or fix or just play with as stimulation.

      Thanks again for contacting and keep dipping in on my site every now and then.

      Woody

  3. Woody bearing in mind you have a house in France, ever thought of making a Paraset? Perhaps you’ve already done that?

    I have made a so called Enigma E, an electronic Enigma machine. It was a kit but I built the case pretty much from scratch. It has 700+ soldered joints and I only fluffed one which I repared without trouble.

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