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  • Brian T
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    Much the position that I'll be in during the winter this far north.
    Thanks for the reminder that at least I can turn the light on and see what's next.

    It's pitch dark outside my place at 3:30PM around the winter solstice.
    I notice day length increasing by mid January but it seems to be a long time
    before it's light out at supper time. Confuses Heidi-cat every winter.
    Summer solstice, June 21, I can read the newspaper outdoors at 10:30PM.

    What ever I wind up carving for the cord pulls, I've got to be able to know by touch alone
    in total darkness what the switches do.

    I do have touch lights for power failures. I keep them in the bathroom, nothing to stumble over.
    All I have to do is find them, metal bodies and instant ON. Just last night was another fine example.

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  • pallin
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    Your subject title made me think of an experience I had showing some of my relief carvings to a blind man. We were staying in a B&B in Washington state as part of a weeklong program kayaking on the lower Columbia River. I had some relief carvings with me and displayed them on the fireplace mantle for the other participants. The blind co-host asked to "see" them and carefully ran his fingers over the details as I described what he was "seeing." It was interesting to see his appreciation for this tactile art.

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  • Brian T
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    The bedroom fan-light is over the bed so I think I'll look into adding some pull chain extensions.
    Need to go to the hardware store today, anyway.

    I got an idea this morning to carve some oversize dice.

    One means on/off
    Two means fan direction
    Three is for the three fan speeds.

    Then I thought I might do the same thing but carve big fat acorns.

    I must have some left over spoon/fork birch wood for this.

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  • JerseyGirl
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    Brian please share what you end up carving… Would love to see it. I’m short and cannot reach our overhead fan pull. Didn’t even think of carving a long (pulley?) thingy. Brilliant idea. Why buy what ya can make?

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  • squbrigg
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    How about one shaped like a light bulb, one like a fan and the other a two way arrow, like Dirk's sketch.

    Bob

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  • Claude
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    Originally posted by Dileon View Post
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    Light/fans have an extension added pull cord so the longest one turns on the light, and the next shorter cord is for the fan.
    ...
    I have 6 fans in my home, and bought the extension pull cords at Home Depot with a bunch of the little fasteners. My lights are controlled by the longer pull chain and the fans by the shorter.

    BTW, if you want to carve some chain pulls, Steve Brown has some ideas and rough outs at https://www.sbrownwoodcarving.com/shop-online

    Claude

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  • Brian T
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    Of course! Dileon is the winner when it comes to ceiling fans. LED lights are winners, too. Some suck so little power that my solar power system does not even recognize the drain! The read-out on the inverter doesn't change with the LED lights on or off.

    I'm thinking maybe acorns for one light. One, two and three of them in a row. Or very big and little.
    Dice might work the same way but I'd rather carve some little doodles instead.

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  • Dileon
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    Originally posted by Brian T View Post
    Tactile Carvings = little carvings that you can identify by touch alone in the dark.
    I'm trolling for subject ideas for these.

    I have three overhead ceiling fans with built-in lights.
    a) one switch is the ON/OFF for the light
    b) one is a three-speed switch for the fan motor
    c) one is a forward/reverse switch for the fan motor.

    OK, you go into the room with your hands over your head.
    First thing that I want to find is the ON/OFF for the light.
    Reaching up, the factory pull cords ALL have the same lumpy thing on the end.

    I'm asking for ideas for shapes that I could find in the dark and know their function.
    Stuff that would be fun to carve in a row on a birch stick then cut apart.
    My whole house has these types of fans and lights. I have seven of them in the house. One light I bought a 25-inch long chain extension so I can wave my arms around easily in the dark and find it the turn-on light switch. I never use the reverse switch so it goes untouched. Light/fans have an extension added pull cord so the longest one turns on the light, and the next shorter cord is for the fan. They have a chain extension you can cut to the desired length. These are a cheap buy on Amazon and you can add anything to them for decoration. Some of my lights have crystals, some have wood and some have decorative like the turtle and another has this funky looking bird, and .....at Christmas, I can have Santa hanging from them as I do change the ends every once and while purely for decoration, as the length of the cord show what is what.

    Another thing I did was I went and bought one-watt LED light bulbs on Amazon and put them in various table lamps.....I keep three on all night....no more walking into a room and cannot see.
    Best thing I did this year, just enough light and almost zero electricity and no more feeling for things. LED G14 Light Bulb 1 Watt Low Wattage Globe Small Light Bulbs 10W Equivalent Night Lightbulb E26 Medium Screw Base Bathroom Vanity Porch Outdoor String Light Bulbs 6 Pack. Today everything is bought online...got sick of tripping over cat toys at night knew I was going to kill myself skating on a cat ball one of these days. I did have nightlights to put in outlets, not good enough. This works.
    Last edited by Dileon; 06-04-2021, 11:40 AM.

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  • Brian T
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    Great ideas for some simple graphic shapes. Nuts (acorns), dice, other simple shapes.
    Any more? Much appreciated.

    I can see the differences in daylight.
    I can feel the differences in the dark.
    All the pull cords could be short, up out of the way, but marked differently.

    I know that some of you carve outdoors in the summer. I'd like to try that.
    Carve these things end to end in a stick then cut them apart.
    I have some fabulous birch blanks left over from my spoon carving days.

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  • woodburner807
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    Animals could be an option: giraffe, elephant, and bear/hippo/pig. Seems the feel would be easy to identify?

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  • sappy
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    I have Snoopy flying a plane on mine.

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  • Buffalo Bif
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    Whatever you carve, making them different heights off the floor might help.

    I have a crescent moon and a star on mine- (only need two)

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  • Gfhwoodwerks
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    I was thinking you could do spheres.

    A) 1 sphere
    B) 2 spheres
    C) 3 spheres

    By keeping it to a simple shape and being able to have a simple count might work better in the middle of the night.

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  • Just Carving
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    Try a longer approach--like wind chime shapes. Make one round, one square, and one triangular. Then they could be chipped carve.

    BobL

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  • wasserretter
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    Another idea to make it a little more interesting to carve could be a keltic cross for a), a double headed snake or dragon for c)
    But at the moment I don't have an idea for b)

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