You remember this couch that folds into bunk beds?
That one, called the Doc, was featured in our most popular video of all time. We've long known that that piece, and many of the others in the Resource Furniture showroom where we shot it, was designed and manufactured by Italian company Clei. But we never knew the name of the actual designer(s).
Well, this video below is currently making the rounds, featuring an update to the design, and now we've got a bit of a mystery on our hands:
The new version looks easier to operate, and I was interested to see the support mechanisms were left exposed in this iteration, as opposed to the previous design, which conceals it. From what I've seen of Clei's designs, the exposure seems rather uncharacteristic.
I was interested to see the designer of this latest iteration listed as "Kassandra 'Bonbon" Ferreira." I looked into Ferreira and while I could find no designer of that name, she and her husband, Peter Gunnarsson, founded a company called Bonbon Trading Limited to distribute Clei's furniture in the U.K. Puzzlingly, this iteration of the design, called the Flip, appears on neither Bonbon's website nor Clei's. I was also unable to find anything linking Ferreira to Clei beyond the distributorship, so I'm stumped. If any of our Italian readers are familiar with Clei or Ferreira and can shed some light, please let us know!
Here’s the latest news regarding your favorite Tool Potentate…
JOHN OUT OF THE OFFICE DEPT.
This Thursday I depart for China, first stop is Guangzhou. A week later, I will meet up with the BCTW field trip participants in Shanghai for a couple of days of food and tourist attractions–this should be really fun. We then will all board the bullet train (over 300 km/hr and smoother than flying!) for Nanjing. More great food and a visit to the museum of China’s greatest living woodworker. This will be an incredible experience, and I will be sure to take lots of pics and videos for you.
On November 3, I will be taking the bullet train to Beijing and that evening we are meeting the American ambassador to China (Mr. Terry Brandstad) and his wife Chris for dinner, and chopstick making! (Did you know that they extrude the bodies of the bullet train out of aluminium? It’s the largest extrusion in the history of the planet!)
NEW PRODUCT DEPT.
This week we will open the pre-order window for Pencil Precision™. I think you will thoroughly enjoy making pencils–I’m an old guy and not easily amused (except at my own mistakes) and this thing is just a blast to use.
Many of you own an HP6v2 plane so we are offering two kits, one without the plane and the other with an HP-6v2. This is a globally sourced project with components made in the USA, China, Germany, to name a few. Without question, this is the best value tool making kit we have ever produced – Here’s a pic of the kit without the HP-6v2…
This kit includes two sole kits for the HP-6, the planing fixture, the extrusion fixture, and enough blanks and ferrules to make 12 pencils. It will allow you to make round pencils. The extrusion die kits for beaded and Reuleaux pencils will be sold ala carte and are $89 per set. This way you can buy just what you want. This kit is under $450!
The kit with the plane is only about $100 more. Yes, the orange crank is removeable to reveal a 1/4″ hex… do the math on that one you power freaks!
In both kits you will receive a sample of six ferrules with erasers and six without. This will allow you to explore both pencil making options. The ferrules come in eight colors and you will understand why when you make your first pencil with child or grandchild assistant. Watching the look on their faces when it is their turn to pick which color is priceless.
We will announce the spectrum of colored pencil options at a later date as we are in negotiations with potential suppliers. The kit comes with 12 2H leads and we will offer black lead options in the following hardness: 4H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B and 4B and Red and Blue. We recommend H and HB for little kids.
AND, all pencil component options, whether it is 12 leads, 6 plain ferrules, 6 ferrule/erasers or 12 cedar blanks are all under $9.00. The material costs for making beautiful custom pencils will be right around $2.50 each. Combine that with the fun of involving your entire family is simply unbeatable.
When I return from China we will begin filming the HOW-TO video tutorial but to wet your whistle, here is a short video peak at one of our prototypes in the skunk lab. I removed the crank and I am using a Dewalt power screwdriver (I love this tool) with an almost dead battery. Each die is really a circular plane iron and serves as not only the cutting edge, but the chip breaker as well. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
Pencil Precision is a complete hobby/factory in a box and this is what it isn’t: a toy. This is a professionally made tool that will last generations–which is a whole lot longer than a smart phone.
A new playset from LEGO will honor four key women in NASA history—astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and pioneering astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison. The 231-piece set will be released on Nov. 1, with a recommended selling price of $24.99.
First proposed in July, 2016 by the deputy editor of MIT News, science writer Maia Weinstock, on the LEGO Ideas website, the project reached 10,000 supporters in just 15 days. "The set clearly touched and inspired many," Weinstock said. In addition to the historical minifigures, the set includes three builds that put the work of each woman into historical context.
Take a look at this photo: What color are these shoes?
I see teal and grey, and while many others do as well, apparently another chunk of the population sees these shoes as pink and white. Yep, it echoes that blue/black or white/gold dress photo that was making the rounds in 2015.
Here's what the shoes look like on Vans' website:
As with the dress, the reason each of us see the sneakers as one set of colors or the other is "a perception issue. It's the way the brain processes information that comes in," eye surgeon Paul Dougherty told TODAY in 2015. "Everyone's brain is different, so even though it's the same stimulus coming in, which it is, everyone processes the information differently."
Is there any more fitting metaphor for our society today, where we all look at the same issues--political, social, economic, religious--and cannot agree on what we see?
Cineplex has just updated their Family Favourites line-up for October through December 9! If you're free on Saturday mornings, take your kids to a local Cineplex theater to watch selected children's movies for just $2.99!
For those unfamiliar with this event, the featured movie of the week runs every Saturday morning at 11 A.M. Admission is just $2.99 (tax included) and SCENE members, will still get 25 points on your ticket purchase. You can purchase your tickets online or at the box office, depending on what's more convenient for you.
Here's what's showing this month:
October 7: Firehouse Dog
October 21: Despicable Me 3
October 28: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
November 4: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
November 11: Masha and the Bear
November 18: Wonder Woman
November 25: Home Alone
December 2: Elf
December 9: Polar Express
Click here to see if your local theatre is taking part in this event!