Just as an addition to that, I became a little bit fascinated with Cosman's Wood-Hinge earlier this year, seemed like the answer to everything I'd been looking for in Jewelry/small box design. I mastered his dowel making jig, bought the appropiate core box router cutter from Wealden's, made some prototypes and Voila! it Verked!I actually kind of like cosman. I don't have much of anything to learn from him, but I've let loose in comments on some of his claims a couple of times and each time I've been kind of brisk, he's responded with courtesy. He wouldn't have to. I'd be glad to meet him in person - and while he does promote his business, there's something a little more genuine to him than there is to paul. I could be wrong - we all could, and pretty much all the time.
Except for the hinge pin. This requires drilling a 1.6mm hole absolutely dead centre on a piece of 6mm dowel, despite months of thought and numerous jigs, i just could not get it to work perfectly, Rob of course doesn't have this problem, he came up with a rather ingenious wee jig that solves the problem, trouble is it's £50.00 (roughly)
After a few more weeks of getting nowhere, I ordered one. ETA 5-6 weeks, fair enough.
About 4 weeks later, the Monday before MayDay, I got a call on the mobile phone, unknown numbers I always answer the call, but say nothing, if it's one of those automated scam calls, the line disconnects almost immediately, but this one said "New Brunswick" in the display, after a second of wondering to myself why that is familiar, a voice pipes up,
"Hi there, it's Rob Cosman, just wanted to thank you for placing an order with us"
"How is your Bank Holiday there in England?"
Took me a second or two to roll my jaw back in, then once realising what the hell was going on I politely replied our B/H is NEXT Monday, our Canadian cousins celebrate Victoria Day apparently the week before our MayDay.
Anyways we had a really interesting chat for about 10 minutes or so, about the Wood-Hinge, offshoots from that topic, and just generally two Woodworkers having a natter.
Afterwards I tried to work out what happened, and came to the conclusion that he must randomly phone a few punters/donations/buyers to thank them personally, fair enough and all credit to the man for making the effort!