Just a quick update……

Posted By on July 28, 2015

I have been so busy creating my new workshop that I haven’t been able to update this blog……I will be completing some projects in the near future…stay tuned.  In the meantime you might like to look at how to make some of the things I have put up here….

How to make…..

Pentayurt for Burning Man

Posted By on July 20, 2015

I’m heading to Burning Man again this year. If you’ll recall, last year I built a Hexayurt for the Playa. It worked very well and I was much happier in the Hexayurt than I have ever been in a tent. But I had painted the Hexayurt to cover up the logos on the polyisocyanurate panels. […]

WW-II Vintage Homemade Welder

Posted By on July 15, 2015

I found this welder on Craigslist for hundred dollars. It’s made with a World War II surplus aircraft generator and the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset. It’s a 200 Amp DC welder with a four-cylinder pushrod engine. This is a first look at it and there will be more videos as I get it […]

Historic Spitfire soars in record-breaking London sales

Posted By on July 11, 2015

The immaculately restored World War II aircraft was the star in a remarkable week of sales that featured Marie Antoinette’s chair, and rare works by celebrated Old Masters

Having attracted media attention across the world, the immaculately restored Vickers Supermarine Spitfire P9347 sold for £3,106,500, establishing a new world record price for any Spitfire at auction. One of only two restored Mk.1 models still flying, the historic plane inspired competitive bidding, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of £1,500,00–2,500,000, and proving to be a highlight of The Exceptional Sale 2015 at Christie’s King’s Street HQ in London.

Part of a generous gift from American philanthropist and art collector Thomas Kaplan, Spitfire P9347 was sold to benefit the RAF Benevolent Fund, leading wildlife conservation charity Panthera, WildCRU and Stop Ivory. A second model, Spitfire N3200, also belonging to Thomas Kaplan, was gifted to the Imperial War Museum Duxford on 9 July, and was welcomed by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Commenting on the sale, which coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of France, Kaplan said, ‘Today’s events are, more than anything else, concrete gestures of gratitude and remembrance for those who prevailed in one of the most pivotal battles in modern history… it is with full hearts that we congratulate the buyers at the auction, as well as the Imperial War Museum, for their new acquisitions.’

Nic McElhatton, Chairman of Christie’s South Kensington added, ‘Bringing this iconic and historic aircraft to auction has captivated collectors and enthusiasts around the world. It has been an extraordinary project for Christie’s to work on, and we have all been in awe of Thomas Kaplan’s incredible generosity.’

New Chap Linen Suit

Posted By on July 10, 2015

Having spent the last 15 years reviewing clothes that are never quite right, The Chap has taken the bold step of commissioning its own linen suit.

In collaboration with Edinburgh based gentlemen’s raiment manufacturer Walker Slater, The Chap Collection has been devised, the first item of which is a splendid three-piece cream linen suit.

The suit features high-waisted trousers with a fishtail waist and braces buttons, a half-lined single-breasted coat with flap pockets and a single vent, and a single-breasted waistcoat with lapels in a slightly darker shade than the trousers and coat. The linen suit has been designed for a chap to cut a sharp silhouette, while retaining key vintage-style elements, marking the wearer out as a man of substance and panache. The wearer of this suit will be able to mingle in any circles, from the most prestigious Mayfair cocktail party to the lowest Venezuelan bordello. The three items may be purchased individually or as a complete three-piece suit.

The Chap Collection Linen Suit is available directly from www.walkerslater.com/chap-collection

The suit will also be available to purchase at this year’s The Chap Olympiad

The Chap Olympics

Posted By on July 9, 2015

The eleventh Chap Olympics will be held in Bedford Square Gardens on Saturday 11th July 2015.

This annual celebration of sporting buffoonery rewards those athletes who have put all their efforts into sartorial preparation, plus the cultivation of fine moustaches, yet have done no physical training whatsoever. In fact, anyone turning up to the event in proper sportswear or displaying any signs of physical fitness will be immediately turned away.

The far more important gentlemanly skills are turned into not-very-competitive sports. Tea Pursuit tests one’s mettle while holding a cup and saucer on a moving bicycle; Aunt Avoidance tests one’s mettle against marauding maiden aunts, The Corby Trouser Press Challenge sets one chap’s trousers against another’s, The Human Champagne Tower turns chaps and chapettes into conduits for flowing fizz, and Not Playing Tennis proves that we British are always on better form when asked to do something rather badly or not at all.

Tickets for the 2015 Chap Olympiad are available from www.ticketporte.com

For further information visit www.thechapolympiad.com

Miskatonic Monday – The Color Out of Space on BluRay

Posted By on July 6, 2015

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.


BrinkVision, the independent distributor behind the releases of films such as Sonno Profondo and Tin Can Man, have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition Blu-ray H.P. Lovecraft’s The Color Out of Space on July 7th, 2015. The indie horror film from director Huan Vu has screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide, winning awards and earning praise from critics calling it one of the most faithful Lovecraft adaptations put to film. This release is limited to just 1,000 copies so you’ll want to secure yours quickly.

Synopsis:
Arkham, 1975: Jonathan Davis’ father has disappeared. His tracks lead to Germany, to the Swabian-Franconian Forest where he was stationed after the Second World War. Jonathan sets out to find him and bring him home, but deep in the woods he discovers a dark mystery from the past. Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short novel “The Color Out of Space.”

Features exclusive to the Blu-ray release:

  • 25 H.P. Lovecraft Audiobooks
  • Dreamlands trailer/clip
  • Double sided cover
  • and more

Blu-ray will include special features from the DVD:

  • A limited edition newspaper insert from the film
  • A Behind-The-Scenes featurette
  • Lost Scene
  • Science and Horror featurette
  • Effects and Concepts Featurette
  • Over 15 different language subtitles


Corby To Press Chap Olympiad Trousers

Posted By on July 6, 2015

Ancient and noble British electrical appliance firm Corby of Windsor have agreed to sponsor this year’s Chap Olympiad, by providing six of their sterling trouser presses.

The event they will be used for is the Corby Trouser Press Challenge. Like all events at the Chap Olympiad, it will test the gentlemanly mettle of contestants rather than their athletic prowess. Contestants will have to approach each of the six trouser presses in turn, each of which contains a different pair of trousers, each of increasingly alarming and eccentric styles.

The contestant will have to remove his own trousers and replace them with the pair in the trouser press, returning his own pantaloons to the Corby. Making a victorious leap over the trouser press before heading towards the next press is entirely up to the discretion of the contestant.

This may all sound relatively easy to achieve, at least from a sporting perspective, but it must be remembered that a butler will inspect each pair of trousers in the six presses at the end, and points will be deducted for poorly inserted pantaloons and creases in the wrong places. After all, if a Chap does not know how to use a Corby trouser Press, he doesn’t really deserve to wear trousers at all, and may as well be dressed in something as ridiculous as a sarong or shorts.

Other new events at this year’s Chap Olympiad include Aunt Avoidance, in which competitors must make it to the end of a circuit, along which are placed formidable female relatives, whose entreaties for a kiss or help with their luggage must be avoided at all costs. FreeFrom Breadbasketball involves contestants trying to get bread rolls into a basket, while a Gluten Intolerant adversary tries to prevent them from doing so. The Champagne Charlie Pyramid of Dextrous Dandies will ask contestants to form a human pyramid, down which will be poured Charles Heidsieck champagne, hopefully without any spillages.

The Chap Olympiad
midday-9pm
Saturday 11th July
Bedford Square Gardens
London WC1

www.thechapolympiad.com

Pilsner Presents Some Sonic Firecrackers— It’s the July Picks!

Posted By on July 2, 2015

Some fireworks that are very old can still pack a wallop! So please stand back while I light the fuse on the July edition of Pilsner’s Picks. Included this month is a rare, late electrcal recording by John Philip Sousa’s marching band. “The March King” began recording on Edison cylinders back in the 1890’s, and most of his records were made in the very low-fi acoustical format that was the industry standard until 1925. Then, the new electrical recording method was perfected, and it opened up a whole new world of sound; for the first time, listeners could hear the treble and the bass, not just the midrange frequencies! The era of “tinny” acoustical records was over at last.

This innovation came just in time to capture the famous “Sousa sound” in all its glory— the grand old man was getting near the end of his career, and his life (he died in 1932, only a year after Thomas Edison, who had first recorded him). He sometimes used assistant conductors to make his records for him, but I have a feeling that on this session, Sousa himself was conducting the band. There’s a real feeling here of, “This is one for the ages, boys!,” as they tear into one of their leader’s most famous marches with all the stops out. You can hear how this “well-oiled machine” set a gold standard for military music performance that still exists today.

In its own, jazzy way, the Paul Whiteman orchestra of the same era was another well-oiled machine, as you’ll also hear. Bix Beiderbecke is featured on this number, and I don’t think that he needs any introduction to fans of early jazz. So, have a happy Fourth, everyone, and don’t get too… uh, well-oiled.

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

The Chap issue 81

Posted By on July 1, 2015

The 81st edition of The Chap continues to reunite some old fellow travellers.

Vic Darkwood, co-founder of the Chap Magazine, continues his new column on etiquette with a look at how to handle the unexpected acquisition of shedloads of moolah, whether from an aunt assisted on her way by a slice of Battenberg liberally laced with arsenic, or more nefarious means.

Michael “Atters” Attree meets Johnny Dean, singer of popular beat combo Menswear, who spell their name in a way that we refuse to acknowledge, to discuss the paranormal, mod fashions, polka dots and the 4th Queen’s own Hussars.

Laszlo Krass, reporting from Berlin, visits a salon of exotic entertainment which leaves him surprisingly tired. Elsewhere, we examine in great detail the Breton Sweater; pay a long overdue visit to the marvellous Spencers Trousers; Meet the most eccentric pianists the world has ever known; learn about educating apes with Hector Gurgle-Smith, headmaster of the Phileas Fogg School for Amateur Baloonists; find out more about Orson Welles than we thought we already knew; and see how fabulously the gutter criminals of 1930s Sydney dressed, compared to today’s shower of miscreants.

All this, plus the usual regulars the Butler, the Lip Weasel and Am I Chap?

Purchase the latest edition or subscribe from here

Rest in Three-Piece

Posted By on June 26, 2015

Patrick Macnee, the actor who played John Steed in The Avengers, has died at his California home aged 93.

For The Chap, Steed has always epitomised the ideal to which all Chaps should aspire. Both a man of action and a louche bon vivant, he managed effortlessly to combine living the high life with solving impossible riddles set by capricious villains. Steed’s dress code was pure Savile Row gent: he was never seen in shirtsleeves, even when engaged in fisticuffs, and always wore a three-piece tailored lounge suit, coloured bowler, and always carried a whangee-handled umbrella.

His unique, though rooted in tradition, style is said to have been influenced by Bunny Roger, the greatest dandy of the 1950s, who in turn epitomised the short-lived fashion among the gentry known as The New Edwardians, which eventually declined into its more streetwise brother fashion, the Teddy Boys.

Steed’s style involved lots of velvet collars on jackets often tailored well below the prescribed hip length, and often in bold colours such as blue and green. His matching bowlers were pure New Edwardian and so were his highly polished cuban heeled Chelsea boots. Dressed to kill, John Steed cut an elegant swathe through 1960s England, acquiring an unexpectedly cool hero status in a world supposedly leaving stuffy Savile Row fashions behind.

Patrick Macnee as John Steed kept the flame burning for timeless elegance and wry panache, providing inspiration, both sartorial and behavioural, to chaps throughout the ages.

Partrick Macnee 6 February 1922–25 June 2015. Rest in Three-Piece.

The Chap Olympics

Posted By on June 22, 2015

The eleventh Chap Olympics will be held in Bedford Square Gardens on Saturday 11th July 2015.

This annual celebration of sporting buffoonery rewards those athletes who have put all their efforts into sartorial preparation, plus the cultivation of fine moustaches, yet have done no physical training whatsoever. In fact, anyone turning up to the event in proper sportswear or displaying any signs of physical fitness will be immediately turned away.

The far more important gentlemanly skills are turned into not-very-competitive sports. Tea Pursuit tests one’s mettle while holding a cup and saucer on a moving bicycle; Aunt Avoidance tests one’s mettle against marauding maiden aunts, The Corby Trouser Press Challenge sets one chap’s trousers against another’s, The Human Champagne Tower turns chaps and chapettes into conduits for flowing fizz, and Not Playing Tennis proves that we British are always on better form when asked to do something rather badly or not at all.

Tickets for the 2015 Chap Olympiad are available from www.ticketporte.com

For further information visit www.thechapolympiad.com