Thermal Arc TE 175 DC HF TIG Welder Review

For many years I welded my projects with a Clarke MIG welder. While it was a great budget piece of equipment, when I started making the furniture for which blok&takl has become known I realised I needed something better. After much research I decided to step up to a TIG welder, and chose the Thermal Arc 175. I thought I’d write a review, as information about this model seemed pretty scarce, short of the manufacturers spec. Continue reading


Bespoke Fabricated Traditional Sign for Love Cheese – York

So I made a swing sign at work. I’m really happy with this so thought I’d share work’s blog about it here!

Ad Bell Sign Systems

When the great cheese and wine shop Love Cheese from York approached AD Bell for a sign that was quality, bespoke and a true stand-out, we knew we had an opportunity to produce something really beautiful. The sign was to go on the brickwork above the frontage of their shop, and needed to offer a classy and attractive appearance, as befitting a shop of this type. York is also a very beautiful place, and we really had to keep this in mind when designing the sign.

Love Cheese had the basic specification for the text that was to appear on the sign panel, as well as the type of paint they wanted us to use to match their shopfront – Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue. In this case, it was the gloss exterior variety, for wood and metal. They also had a “cheese knife & corkscrew” motif that they…

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Dear Malc…

Hiya Malc,

I follow you on Facebook and I can see from what you’ve said over the past months that the Snooty is not doing too well. What follows here is only my opinion, but having worked in marketing and promotion, run my own business, been in several bands (covers and originals), run jam nights, done PA hire etc, I feel that I’m reasonably entitled to have an opinion that’s worth reading. Of course, you can tell me to mind my own business, but if you were approaching me as a business consultant, this is what I’d say. Continue reading