For this blog entry, if the reader would cast his or her mind back to January this year, and the overdue replacement of the parrot perch's critical component. Viz: The bit to land on. Well when finished, it looked like this:
It's not Chippendale, but it met with psittacine approval, and that's never guaranteed. Anyway, just a few short months on, and I think we can safely say that rigorous testing has proved that Faithful brand broomsticks are to be avoided if you're looking for beak resistance:
Yes, a good and destructive time has been had by both. So another broomstick gave up its life for the cause over the weekend. All went well - pegs popped out easily enough, and the replacement was fitted without a hitch - but instead of taking it down to the w'shop this time, I did it all under their eagle eye. Well, parrot eye. Mistake. Someone - and she shall rename nameless but I'm pretty sure it's PJ - is now industriously exploring the options for pulling the oak pegs out for herself. Darn.
In the meantime, I can't help thinking this level of application in the pursuit of the destruction of wood ought to be able to be applied somewhere productive. At the least, the carefully graded waste chips must be useful for something? Although why I think this is anyone's guess. I've been turning larger pieces of wood into smaller ones and making a lot of mess whilst doing it for years, and it's never got me anywhere...