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I went to Ross-on-Wye yesterday  where my son Luke has a lovely organic food shop, Field Fayre.    The town has started having a craft market on Saturdays; Field Fayre has some homemade items and I thought we might sell some of the MixPly models.  That did happen but the day was slow regarding sales.  …

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Yours for just £9.95, introductory offer while stocks last.  This press-out version is supplied with pva glue. 3mm plywood, laser-cut and sanded on both sides, approx 20cm x 10cm. Instructions included.  Contains small parts so not suitable for children under 3.  Assembly may need adult assistance.  Free postage in the UK, £3 for the European …

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Working on a steampunk design for a helicopter, I have struggled the last few days to get a look that will translate to plywood.  The devil really is in the detail.  My plywood laser-cut toys are plain and unadorned but steampunk is not about clean lines. I spent a while this morning drawing this window in …

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I have been using Affinity Designer (AD) to make instruction sheets for my plywood construction toys – a process which often seems more painstaking than designing the things themselves. These are vector files – raster files become huge and slow – and were originally created in Illustrator using the 3D function.  But they original won’t …

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I have been using Affinity Designer (AD) to correct and amend five files – plywood model boats and helicopter, which means opening the Adobe Illustrator .ai file, working on it then ‘Exporting‘ it in .svg format, AD can only Save in it’s own format, .afdesign. This is a weakness in the AD setup and doesn’t …

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This model is one of four laser-cut boats which I will soon be cutting a batch of, ready to sell.  Having recently tidied up the .svg file of this boat – a trawler – using Affinity Designer I thought it would be fun to see if I could add a livery of sorts.  I have …

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I have been using Affinity Designer to draw the re-modeled plywood ‘copter, no problems at all although I am still finding my way around.  One tool it does not have is 3D view or the ability to move objects around all three planes.  This is a useful feature of Illustrator although it can be frustratingly …

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