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    Hello everyone,
    I am a retired merchant seaman & to fill my time, I build ship models, vintage radio sets (using valves rather than transistors) & do a lot of writing (Numerous articles & one book). My wife does minaiture watercolours, mainly portraits & silhouettes.
    We find it sad that arts & crafts seem to be dying out in the UK, so it was very nice to come across this forum.
    Bob

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    Hi Bob and welcome to the forum - well you have certainly kept yourself busy since retiring - I'm sure you will enjoy it here everyone is extremely friendly and I feel the same as you regarding arts and crafts dying out - maybe if we all band together on the forum we can change that

    Cheers.

    Lisa

    Bowed Over
    Handmade Dog Collar Accessories
    www.bowedover.co.uk

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    • #3
      Welcome Bob, i dont think the forum would let it die! Happy foruming!
      x Maria

      Website
      Blogging
      Facebook
      Flickr

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      • #4
        Hello & .

        My dad's into valve radios too, and anything else that has a valve in it!

        There is plenty of crafting going on here, that is when we are not on the forum!

        Hope you have fun here
        Av xx
        Sprinkles Sparkles

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        • #5
          Thanks for the welcome. I have been looking through the rest of the forum & it is very comprehensive, so looking forward to contributing in many areas.
          Bob

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          • #6
            Shabby Neesey

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            • #7
              Bob - sounds fascinating and you will find lots to keep you occupied here. Happy foruming!!
              Cynthia
              http://iforjonesdesigns.website.orange.co.uk

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              • #8
                to the forum Bob....and as you're in Lancashire too, I wouldnt be half surprised if I've met some of your retired shipmates....my fella drives coaches and mini-buses and has a regular group of retired seamen we take on nights out, often up to Preston area, we join them now and what a laugh we have, you guys know some naughty songs!!!!

                Enjoy the forum
                Shaz x
                Keepsake Kollections
                & Rossendale Ramblings!
                http://focusonlife-shaz.blogspot.com

                Where else can you get Mental and Retail Therapy?!

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                • #9
                  Welcome to the Forum....we're all working at keeping crafts alive. I spent last summer making the sails for my Dad's model of the Victory, took me ages! looking forward to seeing some of your work sometime.
                  Sue
                  www.susiedolls.com
                  www.susie1205.blogspot.com

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for further welcome comments. I look forward to contributing more & more to the site. I now realise that I can't put pictures on until I reach 25 posts, but I don't suppose that will take long.
                    I went to sea very young & although I spent 31 years there, when I finally left, I was still only 48! I am now just turned 64, but am still very active. I have put my website in my profile & I see some of you have already looked at it. There is also a link from it to my wife's website where she spe******es in miniature watercolour portraits.
                    Best wishes Bob

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                    • #11
                      from me too . There are some fantastic model ships in Kelvingrove Art gallery in Glasgow. So detailed you must have some patience.

                      Cheers Janice
                      www.freewebs.com/clipclophorseshoes

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                      • #12
                        Hi and welcome from me too

                        Debbie
                        www.beadservice.net
                        On-line bead supplier and bead lover

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for welcomes. I feel I have a lot to contribute & am looking forward to getting enough entries to post images.
                          Bob

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