Finally, and a Thank You



I finally got around on Monday to re-arrange my repair shelf and boxed up things and made two shelves free for WIP pieces. (Darn this nasty habit of doing things half-way and leaving it open) The husband is happy, and the pieces aren’t exposed to the spiders and dust bunnies looking for homes!

Currently on the shelf there’s a Olivetti Lettera 82 that is into its fourth month of being left open. I’ve finally ordered the supplies I require to finish this piece and given it a well deserved dunk and soak in the sink, so hopefully in time the finished piece will be worth the procrastination. The Tom Thumb toy typewriter also got a thorough clean.
Nightfall came and I decided to tackle that Remington Envoy III. The ribbon vibrator had ceased to function and had a few other minor problems… I had a problem of taking the body apart for some reason and left it with the other machines in the pile. I wrote about this awhile ago here. (oh man, that was almost two months ago. Meeeeep sorry K!)
Scott you were right, the top half did come off and BAM, I was in.
The outer body went straight to the sink for a scrub and the innards got a good scrub which righted the ribbon vibrator.


Sparkly clean and back with its owner now, hooray!
(+10 XP!)





Today: I think it was the rediscovered courage from this week’s fixings that I dared to open this Underwood 3 bank Portable up.
The escapement choked there for some reason, and all it needed is a little bit of lube and coaxing and it was flying again.


When I first received Tryp I thought the serial number was 8238 (which I can’t find now) and then I found this on the underside of the machine. Either numbers put Tryp in 1920 – 1921 (according to the awesome Typewriter Database that Ted has worked tiredlessly to put together, thanks Ted! :)) which makes her a rather grand ole’ machine.

She’s not 100% yet, the return carriage lever is not really working and there’s a persistent squeak in the carriage lift. I have yet to find some cleaner wax either, so that’s that to do still… and polish all the chrome.

After I packed Tryp away I had a small revelation:
Sure it took me a whole year to get her going, but oh wow… It’s been an awesome year and a bit learning how to repair typewriters. There’s heaps more to learn, and I can’t wait. I’ve only come this far because of the Typosphere – so THANK YOU TYPOSPHERE for being so darned awesome in offering help and teaching me all the how-to’s!

Alrighty, time to get going on those letters. I start my new job tomorrow, so I don’t have as much time as I thought I would have to tend to the pile. There’s more letters and cards to be made too, September is a black hole for birthdays – it’s all so bizarre.

Have a great week everyone :)
Partially written on a Underwood 3 bank Portable that is learning how to live again.

Oh Singapore!

Just a quick write up on Singapore and Phuket.
I made the mistake of not bringing my camera this trip, but it’s probably a good thing, I’ve got over 300 pictures on my phone for the trip.
I didn’t put them all up here of course.
It’s a month worth of pictures squished into one post, and I took out a lot of the trip and tried to keep it as typewriter related as possible… Enjoy ;)

1st December
I finally get to meet two ladies that I’ve been conversing with on Facebook. We had Macca’s for breakfast, we laughed, and squealed over typewriters (that I brought over).

It was epic FUN.


The girls went home trolley full of machines, and I got the coolest gifts! I have them here and I haven’t had a chance to make a stamp with my new carvers yet, but I’m sure I’ll do it soon :D


3rd December
I got a chance to watch a local play “Hansel & Gretel” with a pretty wicked local twist. Totally enjoyed it.
And I got a free ladybug balloon.
And popcorn.
AND a cotton candy cone.


I’d forgotten how awesome the hardware stores are in Singapore. I stumbled across this at the store closest to me and my jaw was just sweeping the floor and I couldn’t help myself but send a picture to Scott.
I bought a few square ones for feets, don’t know for which one, but I have some in stock so I’m pretty happy.
I wish I had more time in there though, there was heaps of useful contraptions for a fraction of the price as compared to Australia… Hopefully the next trip in June.




And oh my goodness it is a beautiful machine.
I snagged myself a really good deal with this machine and got it sent straight to Singapore. The type feel was excellent. Smooth and light, and the key tops were flat so they had a different feel to the Royals I have at home. It was a lot smaller then I thought it would be too. First typing impression for a Corona – top notch thumbs up!
This piece went to a great friend of mine at the end of my trip – I’m glad it’s found a great forever home with a few other machines to be with!

11th December. I think.
We finally got the the Gardens by the Bay. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I kept smacking myself for not bringing my camera.
We only went to one of the two domes and in this dome you had to take a one way elevator up to the 7th floor where the indoor man-made water fall started… and slowly make your way down through amazing gardens and education points… we were totally freaking out being on the top floor. And walkways made of grills that high up? Eeeeeeehhhh.


12th – 15th December, Phuket


We were spoiled rotten in Phuket, Thailand. We stayed in a nice secluded resort and just chilled for four days. Wake up, breakfast, sleep, lunch, massage, sleep/swim, dinner, massage, TV, sleep. It was ahhhhhhhh… relaxing. I was very happy not to do too much.
Hubs and FIL did go to the shooting range though.

16th onwards.


Adler Tippa 1, green 4B Corona, and what’s this massive case?….


a SCM Classic 12 as a surprise super-early-birthday gift for me?!
Sometime ago I spotted this machine on Etsy and shared it with a few friends. I had just blown my budget then with the pink L22 with the interestingly messy script face and I passed this up. A little while later this machine was sold on Etsy. I didn’t think too much about it…
And then it lands on my lap (well its probably a really poor choice of words because it’s a pretty huge machine!) as a beautiful birthday present!
Will blog more about it later on, I haven’t had a chance to clean it up just yet. :)


The last weekend I was in Singapore was a pretty crazy one, I’d volunteered to help out with a wedding and the prep work was insane (but not as bad as my wedding, thankfully!). We went to the florist’s and got the flowers the day before the wedding and did a 12 hour stint just doing all the center-pieces and tying ribbons till something like 2 in the morning of the wedding.
Sometime in between the purchasing of flowers and vases and trying to find a bridesmaid’s (bride’s aunty?) dress I got a friend’s place (who was helping out in the wedding too) and before we did any work for the wedding she took out her machines.
A Remington Travel-Riter, and a Royal. I’d seen her Royal in pictures before, but when I saw it in person it only dawned onto me that it was a Royal Junior with sloped-top body (read more here from Machines of Loving Grace’s Royal page) and I got pretty excited. Then the excitement got killed when I tested out both her machines and they were both not working. Both machines had flat feed rollers and the Royal had other problems. Anyway, this particular friend loved the Consul I brought over that day. At the end of the trip that Consul was hers. :)

Late on the 27th night, I think.
(K you can smack me if I got the date wrong.)
It was pretty near to the day I was hopping back on a plane and I finally got to Karen’s place. She’s the writer of aitype@wordpress. We’re almost neighbours, it’s uncanny. I took the Torpedo along with me even though it wasn’t mine, haha. K has a thing for red machines and she loved using it for the little while she had her hands typing away on it.
We chatted, had tea, and I got to see her whole collection which was FANTASTIC. (Thank you so much again!!!!)
Two hours later (I think it was) we had to get home, the husband was with me and he was not functioning by then, haha. :)


Food, glorious food!

Okay, last bit, I promise.
Before I flew over I had a long long list of food I missed and was craving to eat when I was over there. I didn’t get through the whole list but I got most of the list checked off… and boy was the food goooooood.


By the end of the trip I was definitely full of all the yumminess Singapore could ever offer.
And I had gained weight, *sigh*

Oh, and patted this dog.
My friend was given this beautiful Shetland named Butter!


Aaaaand, that was pretty much my whole trip.
Thanks for surviving the longest post on this blog.



I actually wrote more, but it’s really mumbo jumbled. Just a short post today:
Fluka’s been sitting on my table with a cloth over it for the longest time. She’s the only typewriter I have that doesn’t have a case…. I’ve had thoughts of rehoming her, but I don’t think I will for now. :)

Work must have taken it right outta me.
I haven’t been sleeping the last few days since I’ve been working, and yesterday I was feeling really off. My throat was terrible and my head couldn’t shake the dullness at all.

I’ve been in bed from something like 11pm and just got up just after 4pm today. It wasn’t like one big sleep – it was more like a sleep, and three/four really deep naps. I’m feeling pretty awake and unzombified – more wake then I’ve been the last three days!
Work’s pretty awesome – I got to clean up and reorganize a whole stationary room. I wish there was a permananet job like that. Hee hee!

I’ve gotta apologise to my friends that I’ve replied in between my four or more sleeps if I didn’t make sense or sounded off. I think I’ll need to check what I’ve written. :/

Hope you have had a unzombified day! :)