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Free wood for mats*


Slightly on the wobbly side – and that’s before I’ve had any wine!

Way back in the mists of time, well two and a bit months ago, snailMum gave us a Solstice present. The two glasses in the picture are from Ngwenya Glass in Swaziland (I gather snailMum got a bit lost on her way to the supermarket – only kidding.) who create these amazing vessels from glass collected from all the corners of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The company also uses waste newspaper for packing, rainwater for its workshop and old engine oil to power its furnace.

Because both glasses are somewhat lopsided when freestanding and reasonably full of liquid, I thought I would make a couple of coasters for them to sit in that would ensure their precious cargo** was protected from accidental spillage. That thought happened about two and a bit months ago. I guess it’s a long way from one side of my brain to the other. All that empty space to cross… anyway, I digress.


As luck would have it, today I was out walking the dog and discovered a piece of new-looking 4″ x 2″ wood, lying by the side of the road. There are often things lying by the side of the road that the Snail and I recover. I have a bit from a tractor that I am sure will come in use one day. It’s been around nine hundred days so far, and that one day hasn’t arrived yet.


Max “helped”



I used the O-ring from a Kilner jar as a rough template and cut a groove a few millimetres deep around the circle marked. I cut a 32 mm hole and used an old chisel, by which I mean an old screwdriver (because I don’t have an old chisel – or a new one in fact.), to hollow out the wood. The bits removed will be used to boil the Kelly Kettle for a cup of tea tomorrow. I will oil the holders at some point. They will be well oiled. You can make your own joke up.

For DIY that I am involved in, it didn’t take too long to do. And now I feel we have some holders that were made from a discarded resource to match the glasses. Thank you Thimothy! Cheers!



* This a pastiche on Free Food for Rats. Probably.

** If wine isn’t precious, I don’t know what is.

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