Having researched pickups I now have some wire (1500 metres of 40 AWG enamelled copper wire) a half built machine for winding, which incorporates a drill, some wooden bits and some badly made bobbins to wind it onto and some super-duper super strong rare earth magnets.  Just waiting for the glue to set and for the ready made bobbins to arrive in the post (yes I cheated).  I am building the winder using the age old principle of glueing bits of wood together.
 
I've decided that I have n't had a new project for a while so I've decided to try making some guitar pickups. They seem fairly straightforward, all I need are some magnets, some fine copper winding wire and something to wind them onto. 
Maybe I'll try to make them without spending any money, I'll get the wire from dead motors and make the bobbins from lolly sticks. Watch this space for more updates.
 
This weekend i s notable for being the weekend of the Swanage Blues Festival.  It's a  might cold at the moment and the usual outdoor music venues are silent, yet walking past the pubs in the high street reveals a more active participation.  Remarkably, each venue had a band playing live.  The sound of 12 bar blues drifted from each of the four premises I passed.  Even more remarkable, they were
 
I tore myself from the warmth of my bed at silly O' clock today and headed towards the Isle of Wight.  Considering that we can see the damned place from the end of the road and it is less than 20  miles away it can take a ludicrous amount of time to get there.
Crawling through the New Forest stuck behind armies of pensioners who appear to have died at the wheel makes for a dull and tedious drive but arriving at Lymington two hours early meant that I caught an earlier ferry than planned, arrived at the customer and got done by lunch time.  By the time I got back it was still light and the day had been sunny throughout.  getting home in daylight does make a difference, I  plan to do more of it.