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The time has come...

Postby Pinch » 11 Jun 2018, 20:51

Greetings chaps, 8-)

The ultimate decision has now been made and the time is almost upon me...

I will be hanging my hat and closing the workshop door for the last time very soon.

Training for my new career is scheduled for mid July with employment to follow. 8-)

Any ideas what it might be? :eusa-whistle:








I still have a couple of incomplete threads to finish which will be done soon.

Forgive me if I've been a bit of an ar$e at times - tis the quirky stuff which makes life interesting.

Meanwhile, here's another one of those silly ones. :P



Report back soon to finish off my very last job as a professional.

Until then....

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Re: The time has come...

Postby timothyedoran » 11 Jun 2018, 20:55

Are you going to be a member of a boy band?

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Re: The time has come...

Postby RogerS » 11 Jun 2018, 21:52

Beer taster ?
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Mike G » 11 Jun 2018, 22:44

I very sorry to hear this Paul. For the industry to lose a talented designer/ maker is a tragedy. I hope that whatever you are going to be doing next gives you lots of pleasure and puts a few quid in your pocket. I trust you'll still have a home workshop?
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Rod » 11 Jun 2018, 22:48

Care Assistant?

Hope it all works out for you Paul, you made some fantastic stuff.

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Re: The time has come...

Postby Phil » 12 Jun 2018, 08:03

Mike G wrote:I very sorry to hear this Paul. For the industry to lose a talented designer/ maker is a tragedy. I hope that whatever you are going to be doing next gives you lots of pleasure and puts a few quid in your pocket. I trust you'll still have a home workshop?




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Re: The time has come...

Postby Tusses » 12 Jun 2018, 09:24

:o :shock: :?:

wow !

Good luck at whatever you have chosen to do next Paul
I wish you all the best :obscene-drinkingcheers:

I still have the choosing part to do ! :lol: :eusa-think: :eusa-think: :eusa-think:
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Malc2098 » 12 Jun 2018, 09:39

Video production?! ;)

Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure you’ll make the very best of it.
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Andyp » 12 Jun 2018, 10:33

Woodworking's loss will be someone else's gain I am sure. Please tell us you will not abandon the tools totally, you are far to creative.
Keep us posted with whatever you are upto wood related or not.
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Re: The time has come...

Postby TrimTheKing » 12 Jun 2018, 11:04

Wow Paul, that’s a shock and a shame (for us and woodworking).

As others have said, I do hope you keep working wood personally...

As for what you’re going to do, based on the video clue, coach driver...? Or based on the lyrics (I love that song) “On the national Express, there’s a jolly hostess, selling crisps and teaaaaaaa. But it’s hard to get by, when your @rse is the size, of a small countryyyyyy”. Are you going to be a trolly dolly?
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Woodbloke » 12 Jun 2018, 12:24

This is a bit of a shock to the system :shock: As others have said, I hope all goes well and you still continue to mangle sawdust in some way - Rob
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:25

timothyedoran wrote:Are you going to be a member of a boy band?

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Re: The time has come...

Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:26

RogerS wrote:Beer taster ?


Nope, sadly.... :| :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:28

Mike G wrote:I very sorry to hear this Paul. For the industry to lose a talented designer/ maker is a tragedy. I hope that whatever you are going to be doing next gives you lots of pleasure and puts a few quid in your pocket. I trust you'll still have a home workshop?


Very kind words Mike - cheers matey. Yep, the plan is to set up a small hobby workshop in a our garage so I can make stuff for our home. Explained below. 8-)
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:29

Rod wrote:Care Assistant?

Hope it all works out for you Paul, you made some fantastic stuff.

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Nope definitely not sir. :P

Cheers Rod - explained below. 8-)
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Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:29

Phil wrote:
Mike G wrote:I very sorry to hear this Paul. For the industry to lose a talented designer/ maker is a tragedy. I hope that whatever you are going to be doing next gives you lots of pleasure and puts a few quid in your pocket. I trust you'll still have a home workshop?




:text-+1:



Paul, I always looked forward to your projects as they are creative and not run of mill.


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Re: The time has come...

Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:30

Tusses wrote::o :shock: :?:

wow !

Good luck at whatever you have chosen to do next Paul
I wish you all the best :obscene-drinkingcheers:

I still have the choosing part to do ! :lol: :eusa-think: :eusa-think: :eusa-think:


Cheers Rich - you could always join me on the mystery tour 8-)

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Re: The time has come...

Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:31

Malc2098 wrote:Video production?! ;)

Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure you’ll make the very best of it.


Nope, my videos are rubbish - you ole smoothy, 8-)

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Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:34

Andyp wrote:Woodworking's loss will be someone else's gain I am sure. Please tell us you will not abandon the tools totally, you are far to creative.
Keep us posted with whatever you are upto wood related or not.


Cheers Andy - very kind matey. 8-)

Oh yes, I shall remain active here if no objections, but I might get a bit silly'er. I have a few ideas floating around in my head.

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Re: The time has come...

Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:37

TrimTheKing wrote:Wow Paul, that’s a shock and a shame (for us and woodworking).

As others have said, I do hope you keep working wood personally...

As for what you’re going to do, based on the video clue, coach driver...? Or based on the lyrics (I love that song) “On the national Express, there’s a jolly hostess, selling crisps and teaaaaaaa. But it’s hard to get by, when your @rse is the size, of a small countryyyyyy”. Are you going to be a trolly dolly?


Well done that man! Yep, fab song. 8-)

A trolly dolly sir!... I don't think so. :lol:

And yep, you've got it... I'm going to be a coach driver, but not for National Express. 8-)
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Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:38

Woodbloke wrote:This is a bit of a shock to the system :shock: As others have said, I hope all goes well and you still continue to mangle sawdust in some way - Rob


Cheers Rob, yep, will set up a small shop here at home. 8-)

I'm really not looking forward to emptying the workshop - this is going to be quite a task, and sad. :|
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Re: The time has come...

Postby TrimTheKing » 12 Jun 2018, 20:39

Woohoo, winner!
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Postby Pinch » 12 Jun 2018, 20:54

Thanks chaps, I really appreciate everything said - so lovely. 8-)

I'm going to start training mid July for my PCV Cat D license so I can drive coaches - start to finish takes about a month with theory tests and the intense practical.

This has been brewing for about 2 years. My business has been on a steady decline for a while and the clinker boat bar project is the only woodworking job I have on - which is now my last professional job. I also got myself a part time minibus driving job about a month ago with the hope of it supplementing my business - touch and go really. And then, during our first night in Spain a couple of weeks ago, Mrs P (who's a community carer) received a message to call home when she learnt her main client unexpectedly passed away that morning. Very sad within itself, but also a great impact on her income - pressure really on now.

It's been obstacle after obstacle when enough becomes enough, so I am now chasing a long lived dream which is to drive coaches abroad for a living. I have ample driving experience with having many part time driving jobs over the past years, minibus, commercial and trade plating - coach being the ultimate. Also very good knowledge of the UK road networks, plus quite a bit of experience with European roads.

So, the course is now set, with employment to follow with a local company. First three months will be the 'grunt' of the work - school runs 50-60 hours a week. After this, I'll be on the UK and continental tours. Money is pretty good plus the tips, but more so, it will be regular.

Can't wait.

:text-bravo:

“On the national Express, there’s a jolly hostess, selling crisps and teaaaaaaa. But it’s hard to get by, when your @rse is the size, of a small countryyyyyy”.

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Re: The time has come...

Postby fiveeyes » 12 Jun 2018, 21:10

WOW,and DAMN..as has been said, much luck and skill with the new to us endeavor.
Do make as much as you can, in the future, Paul. I particularly, could not wait for one of your projects. A true craftsman you are.
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Re: The time has come...

Postby Malc2098 » 12 Jun 2018, 21:12

Well, one industry will be the poorer for your change, but another will be the richer.

And the old ladies.....they’ll just love you!

All the very best in this venture and somehow, keep in touch. In fact, a weekly missive on school runs on this forum will keep us entertained, I’m sure, like this one!

https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2018/05/22/dad-helped-kids-school-trip-hilarious-tale-thats-never-good-idea/
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