March 2019 Update inc. Protecting wood

Here in Britain we have come to expect wind and rain for most of the year but when I think of Australia, it conjures sweltering prolonged sunny days. That being the case it came as something of a surprise to see our good friend Dave Warby and his team struggling down...

February 2019 Update inc. Softening Lignin

Here is one for your local pub quiz, what is the second most common natural polymer in the world? If that has you stumped (no pun intended), the answer is a component of wood, called lignin. So what is lignin and what on earth has it got to do with the building of our...

January 2019 Update inc. Scarf Joints

Well here we are at the beginning of a new year, with Christmas already a distant memory, stressed out mothers glad their kids are back at school and mechanically minded father’s wondering why they didn’t receive that fitted out tool chest as a present,...

December 2018 Update inc. Viper Engines

Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you for tuning in to our monthly update during the festivities. To begin with Dave Warby reports back as follows from latest testing of his jet hydroplane Spirit of Australia II at Blowering Dam in Australia at the beginning of...

November 2018 Update

As mentioned within last month’s diary update, Coniston, within the Lake District, UK, saw its annual power boat ‘Records Week’ take place from the end of October through to the beginning of November. As part of that international event we are very...

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