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  • Winter project needed – Ideas?
  • Premier Icon tjagain
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    My circumstances mean that I need something to do over the winter. Some sort of project to keep me occupied.

    I have enough bikes and they are all well sorted. I live in an attic flat so no garden. I am going to do a bunch of redecorating but need something else. something that will occupy my time and maybe even be a bit creative

    Build a copy of the taj Mahal out of matchsticks? a 1/3 scale model of the titanic? counting the number of angels dancing on the head of a pin?

    Lets have your bright ideas 😉

    Premier Icon Beagleboy
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    I plan to try and learn the bass guitar again (countless failed stop/start attempts over the past 30+ years), even though I have no musical aptitude. Get a guitar. start learning and we could be famous!

    Premier Icon BillMC
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    Wood carving. Get a collapsible bench eg Worx, a few decent chisels and some blocks of limewood. Print off images and carbon paper them onto the wood and away you go. Shavings easily hoovered up. No tuition needed and a very absorbing pastime.

    Premier Icon scruff9252
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    Not a member myself, but I know there is a Leith Men’s Shed – full workshop for tinkering so you’re not having to find something to fit inside the flat…?

    Alternatively tryout some home brewing?

    Premier Icon Coyote
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    I plan to try and learn the bass guitar again (countless failed stop/start attempts over the past 30+ years), even though I have no musical aptitude. Get a guitar. start learning and we could be famous!

    Exactly what I am doing. Gone right back to basics with an on line tutorial. Enjoying the structure of the lessons and as they are only 10 minutes long, I can fit them in any time and then just practice when I want.

    Instruments are relatively cheap now and can be resold easily. Already thinking about a 6-string. Should help keep you occupied during the darker months.

    Premier Icon stumpy01
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    Get yourself an Arduino project kit & a book to teach you programming?
    Tons of projects out there online?

    Airfix models?

    Any local groups you could volunteer at? Scouts or something? Helping at a foodbank or charity shop?

    Learn to read music (if you can’t) and learn an instrument.

    Help molgrips with the engine mounts on his Merc? Should keep you occupied for most of the winter 🙂 .

    Some kind of woodcraft?

    Photography? Documenting your local area in some kind of creative way?

    TikTok influencer?

    Premier Icon grum
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    Knife-making/carving handles etc. V addictive!

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    I had forgotten the mens shed – thats actually not a bad idea

    tik tok influencer sounds good – do I need a trout pout and painted on eyebrows?

    Premier Icon fasthaggis
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    Do a Photo a Day.Take lots of shots and choose one to post on Flickr. It gets you out and about and looking at things in a completely different way.You are in Edinburgh so spoiled for choice when it comes to subjects.It’s harder in the dark months but does make you try lots of new styles.

    Premier Icon flyingmonkeycorps
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    If you want something indoor and nerdy, you could teach yourself how to use Blender. You’ll need a moderately decent PC but the software is free and there are tons of great tutorials out there.

    Premier Icon stevious
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    The OU has lots of free courses on its OpenLearn platform if you fancy a bit of an academic challenge:

    https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

    I’m currently doing a coding course and it seems well put together so far.

    Premier Icon johndoh
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    I have always fancied making one of these really detailed ship models…

    Link

    Premier Icon oldtennisshoes
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    I have a nice flat redecorating project at the top of Leith Walk if you want a paid project TJ 👷🏼

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    tjagain

    tik tok influencer sounds good – do I need a trout pout and painted on eyebrows?

    Depends who you want to influence I would have thought. 🙂

    Photo a day is a good idea. Plenty of Flickr groups out there, or just do it for your own enjoyment.
    You start off thinking “this is a piece of piss” and then as the time goes on, it gets more & more tricky to find interesting pics.

    Premier Icon cloudnine
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    Learn how to make moonshine

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    Photo a day is a good idea. Plenty of Flickr groups out there, or just do it for your own enjoyment.
    You start off thinking “this is a piece of piss” and then as the time goes on, it gets more & more tricky to find interesting pics.

    I did it for 3 years from 2013.
    I miss it/Don’t miss it.

    What about flatland bmx/freestyle skateboarding or covering as much of your body as you can in diy prison-style tattoos?

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    How about a tandem in a bottle.

    Prison style tattoos does sound fun though.

    Reckon you’d get a 14foot canoe down the stairs?

    Premier Icon thestabiliser
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    Exotic/pole dancing

    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    Build an RC plane and then learn to fly as your spring project…

    Premier Icon oldtennisshoes
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    @beagleboy get yerself on https://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/bassists-of-singletrackworld and join the groooove

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Model kits.

    Recently got back into it after a few months off and happily “lost” a couple of days.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Lego.

    R/C cars / planes.

    Basically, build some shit. (-:

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Also,

    Do you have any friends? Do what I did and start an Escape Room habit.

    Premier Icon jimw
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    To take two of the above suggestions:
    Woodcarving:
    I have started this again after a long time away from it. Absolutely absorbing and extremely therapeutic but I do find I have to do it in 1-2 hr max sessions because of the concentration required. Don’t be too ambitious to start with.
    Model making:
    I had always wanted to make a large scale wooden/ metal model of an early aeroplane, Could have gone for a Hasegawa 1/8 scale Sopwith Camel or Fokker DR1 but they are extremely spendy (£800ish) and BIG when completed, so went for a 1/16 Sopwith Camel. I estimate it took 1O0 hours+ in total over about 6 weeks. Absolutely loved doing it.

    Premier Icon midlifecrashes
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    If your peepers are still up to it, watch and clock tinkering can be quite fun and interesting, and I’m told silversmithing/jewellery making can be done with a small toolbox and not much space.

    Premier Icon WorldClassAccident
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    Become my Scottish art agent – NicksArtStuff.com

    Or perhaps more profitable to try a bit of painting yourself. Stuff like Pour-Painting is an easy and remarkably satisfying way to start.

    Premier Icon gauss1777
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    I know someone who has just started helping out with VIE velo, who: ‘ bring the joy of cycling to blind and partially sighted people through tandem riding with sighted riders’. By riding as a pilot. She has enjoyed herself. That may fit in with your passions.

    However, not very creative.
    I have tried whittling, which I enjoy. I’m good at turning pieces of wood into lots of much smaller pieces and a huge mess.
    Inktober is fun.
    My wife and daughters sew and knit, and I wish I could produce what they do.

    Premier Icon winston
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    How about volunteering somewhere?

    There will be a dozen organisations near you that will be desperate for help.

    Premier Icon tall_martin
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    Do a Photo a Day.Take lots of shots and choose one to post on Flickr. It gets you out and about and looking at things in a completely different way.You are in Edinburgh so spoiled for choice when it comes to subjects.It’s harder in the dark months but does make you try lots of new styles.

    I bought a book by Tom ang when I was learning to use a non point and shoot camera. It has a chapter with how to, then an assignment for you to try, then a complete set of photos by someone with a critique.

    I can competently use a DSLR now and it was fun!

    This one.

    https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/tom-ang/digital-photography-masterclass/9781405315562?gclid=CjwKCAjw4qCKBhAVEiwAkTYsPL2mg_tuh34gBBjqyUlVoAuFKwr5SzmAQ_nGW2uiASwslNxSRMS6DBoCUl0QAvD_BwE

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Do what I did and take up Arguing On The Internet.

    Oh, wait.

    Premier Icon stevie750
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    What about a raspberry Pi
    Looks like there are loads of projects around what could be done with them.

    Premier Icon grum
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    Do what I did and take up Arguing On The Internet.

    You’d have to be an idiot to suggest that.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    No I wouldn’t.

    Premier Icon fasthaggis
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    Aye yi wood,ya bam.

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    Learn to play the bagpipes.You don’t need a full set, I believe you learn by first mastering the Chanter.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392911345258?hash=item5b7b57566a:g:-DcAAOSwg2RfOlrR

    Before you set about annoying the hell out the neighbours 😀

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    Premier Icon scruff9252
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    Learn to play the bagpipes.You don’t need a full set, I believe you learn by first mastering the Chanter.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392911345258?hash=item5b7b57566a:g:-DcAAOSwg2RfOlrR

    Before you set about annoying the hell out the neighbours 😀

    You can get electronic chanters/bagpipes these days so you play through headphones. Quite tempted myself if I wasn’t abjectly awful at holding a tune and had any sense of rhythm

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    Quite tempted myself if I wasn’t abjectly awful at holding a tune and had any sense of rhythm.

    I think thats how they’re supposed to sound 😆

    Premier Icon Houns
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    Build a train set

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