Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Kwila Truncheon


I had a piece of kwila about 400mm long, and I wanted to give myself some practice using the skew chisel, so i made a truncheon. I have no use for a truncheon, but now I have one anyway. Maybe I can use it for Victorian Policeman cosplay or something.

I believe that actual Victorian police truncheons were made from lignum vitae, which is exceptionally hard and heavy, but my desire for authenticity doesn't go as far as shelling out an arm and a leg for an expensive wood like that, so kwila will just have to do.

Saturday, August 6, 2022


 I was exposed to COVID-19 last Saturday, at Winter Weekend. RATs persistently returned negative test results until this morning, when it showed positive.

I've been experiencing quite mild symptoms since Thursday — sore throat and a slight cough — but the negative RATs let me believe, hope against hope, that it was just an ordinary winter cold. Alas, it was not to be; last night my symptoms suddenly became quite a bit more severe, and this morning's test, as I said, showed the dreaded two lines.

Now I'm in isolation in our spare room / library until next Thursday at least. It is lonely, boring, and uncomfortable. I'm hoping that Annette can dodge it, but realistically I don't think it likely.