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November 24th, 2017 - richardkell
I posted this elsewhere this morning ie 21st October 2018 as two comments and as it makes such good sense its a shame not to allow others to read these words. The subject was the loss of insect life and climate change.

Quoting myself ....

Its saddening to see so many gardens turned to block paving, gravel or a sterile 'nothing'. I like abundance and a 'jumble', lots of nooks and crannies for the Vanessids (butterflies) to over-winter and goodness knows how many other things too; all are welcomed. Likewise I always allow autumn leaf litter to aid soil life such microbes, algae, molds, worms etc. If we are obsessed with eliminating leatherjackets, wireworms and daddy-long legs (all the same thing) what will bats and birds have to eat?  Theres few pests in this garden, I think the birds get them all. And try not to cut back too far in the autumn, its natural to have leaf fall and some debris. I've many layers of flowering things here hidden beneath the soil that unfold as the year progresses, in fact I would like to put a 'no-dig' covenant for one year onto the deeds of this house.

After a half century of tv gardening programmes how is it most ppl garden as ten year olds?

I'm a bit sceptical of how Local Authorities eliminate dead or decaying wood, strim and cut back as they do. I'm sure it can be tweaked to aid insects, invertebrates, molds, fungi. Mindful or the fire risk of course, vandals and firebugs.

Gardening should be a subject at school, I mean to some depth, with spirit and detail, the interconnectedness of things, not just as punishment for the backward lads as it was fifty years ago; it would also aid in helping the kiddiwinkies to actually settle to a task and get something done, something achieved with their hands and something to observe over the months as to their success or failure, the results of their efforts. Something to nurture and not just some one-off exercise that is seldom re-visited.

Here I added to the above ...


  • Oh yes and my hobby horse - diatoms. These are a fascinating google image search, wonderful for kids to learn of. Its my opinion that the diatom collapse with their symbiotic relationship with Bryozoans ie the coral reef is also at the base of all marine food chain collapse ie in the Pacific. I've not been able to specifically find this connection in general media. The massive Pacific seabird collapse of say three years ago also is hardly reported, huge numbers of ocean going birds flying to shore (whole populations?) ... all stomachs empty. We can assume diatiom collapse again? As James Lovelock explained diatoms also generate ocean cloud formation and with other microscopic algae convert 20% of the worlds CO2, check out James Lovelock and DMS. And please fact check all I say, only my hazy recall to depend on.

    With climate change theres now too great a timelag between data being collected, peer review and publication. As Sam Carana tells us the situation is dire and we need action very quickly; the IPCC does not stress sufficient urgency.

    When the President of the USA knows nothing other than golf courses and is a total climate change denier then the outlook is bleak. The canary is screaming and all they can do at the EPA is dismantle and wreck ....


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... and I make things.

Of my own invention with my own hands. And its all got my name on it.

I sell lots into the USA and worldwide, my website can be viewed by anyone on the planet and I can supply likewise.

You will find in the links at richardkell.co.uk some good stockists. Likewise they can supply genuine Richard Kell.

This page is in response to what seems to be misinformation I found on Amazon, entries and listings blocked specifically to one country ie England where I live.

The general purpose of this blog is to add background workshop information in addition to that you will find on my paypal sales website ie http://richardkell.co.uk/   I am well known for my clever and very well made honing guides (fast and accurate) and my Richard Kell bevel gauge etc. They are simple and effective to use. It takes a lifetime to pare things down to the essentials.

I am the inventor and manufacturer of all the products here at Richard Kell.

I am an enthusiast for old time craft manufacture, I enjoy using my hands at this close tolerance work, have done for many years; I work alone and prefer it, no distractions and I can push quality to the limit. I like to feel how the tools are cutting and to hear that 'sweetness of sound' all is going well. I am passionate about quality and making an effort to hit the top level. Never 'needless quality' but a result appropriate, I work to close tolerances and strangely tighten tolerances further as I become familiar and expert at whatever task.

Everything here is made by me, my no.2 LGE honing guide and my Richard Kell bevel gauge are very well known and highly regarded, made in my own workshop and by methods long discarded (100 years) by modern methods. Beware of despicable inferior copies; which in fact never last the course, handle as poor items and as can be guessed are what prompted me to write this first post for my blog here.  I am known for the quality of my work ie hand deburring and utterly consistent and flawless surface finish on every item.

Buy my products and I give you the benefit of a lifetime in the workshop, I am a stickler for measuring critical features of every component as I make them, they are even plotted on charts; for instance the 'matched in pairs' one third thou inch honing guide bobbin diameters, it is so that all marries up and functions as I wish it for when the two parts are matched together and clamped up into the jig on my Bridgeport milling machine to drill the pairs of holes for the stainless guide rods, there is a reason to the accuracy.

My honing guides (and I recommend my Richard Kell no.2 LGE) are regarded the best in the world; the quickest to use, ultra reliable and 'spot-on' repeatable. Theres a full no quibble money back on anything you purchase.








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