Thursday, October 18, 2018

Basic woodworking skills you should develop

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It’s easy to shy away from the idea of woodworking or DIY furniture projects, simply because one doesn’t have prior experience or fared badly in those classes in school. In reality, however, many basic woodworking skills serve as a great substitute to expensive tools and can make those dream wood projects possible. Here are some skills to start honing today.


Understanding how wood works

Before using any tool, understand the proper orientation of lumber and the right direction to plane the board. Also learn to know how wood expands and contracts as humidity changes throughout the year.


Cutting materials

There’s a great variety of ways to cut materials, such as using a hand saw, jigsaw, circular saw, table saw, and band saw. Understand how these tools work – hand saws are for making quick cuts that need not be perfectly straight, while circular saws are heavy-duty and are ideal for creating long straight cuts.


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Choosing screws

Screws are ideal for connecting two pieces of materials, but there are many different types and sizes of them out there. Learn what wood screws, drywall screws, sheet metal screws, and machine screws are for, and when they shouldn’t be used.


Chopping out joints

There’s a confusing array of joints that can be cut into wood, and some of them take a notable deal of skill in order to be set up correctly. The dovetail joint, for instance, is a very strong way to join corners of boards.


Finishing furniture

A good finish beautifies as well as protects the piece that’s been built. Many types of varnishes are available and offer good protection for outdoor use and other purposes.


Steve Sorensen is a retired airplane mechanic and hobby woodworker. He specializes in turning select wood into elegantly crafted staffs, canes, and prop wands, excellent for use in children's play or elaborate high fantasy costumes. Read more on this page.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Celebrity nerds and their true identities

Celebrities are often considered as people who live in a higher plane of existence. They are these superhuman individuals who live extraordinary lives, lives which we can only see on TV. However, there are celebrities who have their own roots in geekdom. It may be hard to picture, but they have admitted to being nerds to very specific fandoms. Here are some celebrity nerds and their true identities.


Stephen Colbert is lord of Lord of the Rings.

Late night TV show host Stephen Colbert is mostly known nowadays for political pundits and making fun of the government. But over the years, he has showed his prowess over the Lord of the Rings text and lore. Even Peter Jackson, the director of “The Lord of the Rings” movies claimed that Colbert is the biggest Tolkien Geek of all time. He even landed a role as an extra on “The Hobbit.”


Vin Diesel is a high-level witch hunter

Diesel has a tattoo on his stomach that says “Melkor”. It’s the name of his Dungeons and Dragons character. It was his love for the fantasy game that pushed him to star in the movie “The Last Witch Hunter,” a movie based on his D&D character.


Robin Williams was addicted to video games

Williams had such a blast playing video games that he couldn’t get enough of them. When he bought a Nintendo Entertainment System after it was released, Williams got hooked. He considers The Legend of Zelda his favorite game, even naming his daughter after the princess.


Hi! I’m Steve Sorensen. I am a firm believer that one is never too old to enjoy things from my childhood. I've taken a liking notonly to The Lord of the Rings games but also to the Elder Scrolls and nearlyevery other fantasy game there is. For more reads on general geekiness, check out this blog.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why Comparing Skyrim And Assassin’s Creed Saves You No Time

Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed are both great games in terms of storyline and graphics. These games have their own following, and they are huge. Fans around the world are asking which is better: Skyrim or Assassin’s Creed? There are mixed responses, but most of them say it’s useless comparing the two from each other since they are different.


When your character dies in Assassin’s Creed, you do everything from the start, regardless of how far in the game you’ve reached. This game is repetitive in terms of tasks, and your choices are limited. Assassin’s Creed is a game you’d want to play once, then place it on a shelf. There’s not much to do with the game, but try to finish it. The storyline is great, though, with a combination of fictional historical events and real-life historical events and people.

If you haven’t played any of The Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim is the best one to start with. The makers of the franchise have refined it and have made it more accessible. Unlike Assassin’s Creed, Skyrim has side quests, guilds, and dungeons to look for and be part of. Some players look for games that give them the value for their money. If that’s you, too, consider getting Skyrim. You’d spend more time playing this than Assassin’s Creed.

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Although I said it would save you no time comparing the two, it’s really up to you. For gamers like me, I just have my preferences and Skyrim is the game I most prefer. But overall, both games are great in their own genres.

Steve Sorensen here. I’m a retired aircraft mechanic and now into woodworks especially staffs, canes, and wands. I also follow a lot of PC games especially The Elder Scrolls franchise. To know more about what I do, click here.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Other Magical Weapons You May Find Interesting

Many of you know how much I love magical staffs, but the world we live in is full of legends and stories about mystical artifacts of fascinating and terrible power.  Some of these legends have been confirmed as fantasy, while others are allegorical and analogous for something else.  Some, however, are believed to be true and simply hidden.  Here are a few of the more interesting magical weapons in the world that are not magical staffs.

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The Spear of Longinus

Also known as the Spear of Destiny, the Spear of Longinus is more of a historical artifact that received sprinkles of legend throughout the years. It was the spear of the Roman Legionnaire who pierced the side of Jesus Christ as he was dying on the cross. It is said that whoever holds the spear possesses the power of the immortals.


The Masamune

Goro Masamune was a Japanese swordsman who created the greatest swords of his or any era. Legend has it that his swordsmith talent was a gift from the gods, who grew to fear his works. Rumor is that he created one sword above all others, and simply called the Masamune. It was a sword that could cut down any god before it.


Excalibur

Excalibur is probably the most popular sword in pop culture thanks to the Arthurian legend. It was forged by a smith or smiths who were not of this world, and given to the Lady of the Lake. Whoever holds Excalibur rules the kingdom of Great Britain. Legend has it that it will return once Britain is in dire need of it.

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I’m Steve Sorensen, and I’ve always been fascinated with staffs, and anything else that’s magical. Gosh, I even love playing Elder Scroll games. Subscribe to this Twitter account if you’re like me.

Monday, April 10, 2017

An Introduction To The Elder Scrolls

Anyone who’s played The Elder Scrolls and who’s fallen in love with the countless cultures found in the creative and original high fantasy world of it can attest to how immersive it can be. Its epic and serious tone only serves to bring the gamer deeper into the world.

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There are also several races you can interact with in the world. There are your typical humans, orcs, and elves, with lizard-races (Argonians) and cat-races (Khahiit). There are also Dwemers who are The Elder Scrolls’ version of dwarves. There are magic and sorcery, as well as beasts and monsters. There are towns with deep histories and intriguing legends, and mysteries that need to be solved. But one of the main thing that sets The Elder Scrolls apart are the hundreds upon hundreds of books that can be read in-game.

The Elder Scrolls games take place in Tamriel, a continent in the world of Nirn, except for Battlespire and Oblivion. There are several other planes wherein characters can venture off to such as the slipstream in Battlespire, which is a purgatory of sorts between Mundus and Oblivion. In Oblivion, there are different places to explore such as the Deadlands, the realm of Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon, the Shivering Isles, and Sheogorath.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which was one of the most popular games to come out in the past five years, brings games to several other places as well, such as the planes of Soul Cairn and Apocrypha.

Hi! I’m Steve Sorensen and I love making staffs and wands from a selection of wood. I also love to play any Elder Scrolls and fantasy video game during my free time. Subscribe to this Twitter page for more on fantasy video games.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Right Kind Of Wood For DIY Furniture Creation

New to woodworking? Maybe you’re wondering which kinds of wood would be a great material for your project. It’s essential to know which type of wood goes well for different purposes. Here’s the right kind of wood for your do-it-yourself furniture.

Maple

Maple is a hardwood that is commonly used for furniture. This kind of wood is popular for its durability and strength, and is often used for cabinets and other bedroom furniture. It is sturdy, and is resistant to moisture. It also has unique swirls for effortless design. It often goes well in lighter colors, but staining it won’t cause it too look less classy.

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Cherry wood

Cherry wood is a hardwood known for its density and resistance to rot. It has deep red hues and grain, and is great for indoor pieces like tables and bookshelves.

Oak

Oak is a great material for DIY furniture known for its strength and beauty. It often comes in pinkish, greenish, or reddish shades; but it can absorb tint easily. The only downside of using oak is its price, as it is more expensive than other hardwood options.

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Cedar

Cedar is great for decks and outdoor spaces. While it’s not as durable as maple and oak, it is highly resistant to rot. It’s also great for other crafts like side tables and frames.

Steve Sorensen is a maker of wands and staffs. Learn more about woodworking by visiting this YouTube channel.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Most Famous Wizards In Pop Culture

The world of fantasy has been a source for people to live their own created pockets of reality, and this is probably the highest form of entertainment through a virtual make-believe.  In our own system of rules that we need to abide by, the freedom to create a fantasy world liberally is breath of fresh air, even if it exists only in the imagination.  But what is a world of fantasy without wizards?  Here are a few of the most famous wizards in pop culture.
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Merlin : This well-loved wizard’s most brilliant feat is casting a spell on the legendary sword Excalibur, which was thrust into a stone, only to be pulled out by a lone deserving soul.  This is of course the beginnings of the story of King Arthur, who was able to pull the sword out, ruled a kingdom as a warrior king, while he was backed up with a posse of awesome soldiers named the Knights of the Round Table.

Gandalf: This amazing wizard has lived up to the golden archetype that he actualized to the hilt in the Lord of the Rings saga.  Interestingly, his persona was one that had to go through the hardships that he had to overcome, as we saw him transition from Gandalf the Grey to Gandalf the White.
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Dumbledore: Albus Dumbledore is the brilliant wizard who served as the senior statesman in the development of Harry Potter’s wizardry.  He is most famous for sharing his brilliance in the fight against antagonist Lord Voldemort as we witnessed Potter literally mature in front of or eyes with his own set of tragedies and successes.

These three wizards alone have made the world of fantasy especially interesting for all of us to enjoy and build the fondest of memories.


My name is  Steve Sorensen.  I believe that no one is too old to enjoy what he loved as a kid.  I am a fan of the fantasy world of wizards.  To read more about my interests, please follow me on Twitter .