You're probably here because you'd like to know what sort of thing I'd like for a gift! :)
My current focus in terms of hobbies is on woodwork - having added a couple of large machine tools earlier this year I'm now in the process of overhauling my little garden workshop to be a bit more space-efficient, and once I've done that I'm going to try buying a lathe. There's some ideas about tools that I'd like further down this page, but (parhaps unsurprisingly) most of them are quite expensive. If you'd like to contribute towards my buying some of these without paying outright for something (and I certainly wouldn't blame you!) it's worth noting that Axminster offer gift cards of various denominations and I'd be overjoyed to get one.
I do also have an Amazon wish list which is updated a bit more frequently than this page, but I only use it for things that are available from Amazon, so there will be things on this page that aren't on there - and also there's probably a lot of odds and ends...
Finally, I'm aware that a lot of the items on this page are very expensive, so if you're trying to buy me a gift please don't think that this list is prescriptive - hopefully though it'll give you some idea as to what sort of things I'm currently interested in.
Andy's Wish List
- Foyle's Philavery and Foyle's Further Philavery
- Godel, Escher, Bach - An Eternal Golden Braid (Douglas Hofstadter)
- The Accidental Dictionary (Paul Anthony Jones)
- The Reassembler (James May)
- It's not a book, but this poster
- A nice pair of black leather gloves, lined but not thick (suitable e.g. for driving). There was a simple pair in the Hugo Boss outlet at York Designer Outlet that I liked, though this was some time ago. I'm looking for a pair that are plain leather on the back of the hand; something like these would be nice. I probably need "large".
- Possibly another pair of reasonably formal shoes? I love my Grensons, maybe a pair in a darker colour?
Courses et cetera
- I'm currently taking a Spanish for Beginners evening class at York College, and have booked myself onto the continuers course that starts in January. Anything that helps keep me motivated and/or helps me learn the verb forms would be appreciated. Maybe something like this?
- There's (a man who runs furniture-making courses in Ilkley)[http://www.christribefurniturecourses.com], but they do tend to be quite expensive. That said, I think I'd enjoy either the four-day beginner's course or the basic jointing weekend, or maybe the dovetailing weekend.
- I've really enjoyed the breadmaking course that Alex and I went on together, and also the butchery course I did. Anything along these lines would also be thoroughly appreciated!
- A stand mixer. I've given up on the Kenwood Cooking Chef as being too expensive (and I'd only use the cooking feature to make fudge anyway), but I'd love a KitchenAid Artesan!
- Given the above, I'd love the meat grinder and the pasta accessory set
- A tab book for Queens of the Stone Age's Like Clockwork... Assuming they ever bring one out.
- Nest gear:
- Friends for the lonely Sonos Play:1 system that lives in the lounge :)
- Replacements for my aging computer speakers which have started declining to turn on unless my headphones are plugged in
My Amazon wishlist has lots of odds and ends on it, and may be more up to date that the below, so please do check there :)
- A small block plane, or maybe...
- A #62 low-angle jack plane. Ideally a really nice one but I'm probably not a sufficiently good woodworker to deserve one yet!
- Spring clamps - something like these or these. You can never have too many clamps.
- A lathe
- A pair of dog rail clips - I meant to buy these recently as they go with the rest of my rebuilt workbench but I forgot to add them to the order.
- Similarly, a pair of short-thread clamping knobs - the ones I bought are too long for my dogs :(