Wednesday, 25 February 2009

The Art Jeweller strikes again...

Thanks to our favourite Jeweller in St Maartens for the following shout, we are honoured to be featured!

Making Small Screws and a Bearing Housing
This is a short Hidi ( how I do it ) on how I make some screws and a small bearing housing for a spinning ring. A Hidi on how to make a complete spinning ring can be found here. I order the bearings from SMB bearings in the UK at In this Hidi I am using a bearing with a 6mm flange and a 5mm diameter and a bore of 2mm. If you go check out SMB's website, they got all the schematics of the various type of bearing available.I start this Hidi with the screw making part first. I use only bench tools, no lathes or milling machines.I bought a tap and die set from Rio Grande. It is quite nice, adequate for the job and costs about $115.

For the full report, visit Hans Meevis' blog . Thanks Hans!

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Catching up with Schaeffer

Our 5 year old sponsored skater, Schaeffer, has posted up details of his trip to
King of the Groms, USA.
Check out his tour diary & more pictures at:

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Snow business!

With all this cold weather, now is the perfect to mention that we can re-lubricate bearings down to a staggering minus 80 degrees centigrade (should you fancy taking them on a trip to the Arctic circle with you).

We can also lubricate up to a maximum of +288 degrees centigrade, for those of you who fancy more tropical applications. Lubricants are critical to bearing performance, as they reduce friction, inhibit corrosion & dissipate heat. The lubricant will also affect maximum running speeds, temperature, torque level, noise level & ultimately, bearing life.

Thanks to we can bring you some pictures from the locality, just to prove that we are very excited because WE HAVE SNOW! There has been some very silly behaviour going on here ("Surely not!" I hear your cry), with snow-throwing & sculpting of dubiously shaped snow figures. We won't feature those for legal reasons...