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"Methods to My Madness: Designing and Carving a Cane" #1: Choosing the Wood

11-09-2010 07:03 PM by mpounders | 6 comments »

I thought I would start series on how I make my canes, since I have been working on quite a few here lately. I wanted start with the design process, since I usually spend a week or so on that part, and then go into some of the actually carving and the tools and methods I use. It’s not exactly a tutorial with plans and such, but you should be able to construct a cane of your own with a little bit of work. So, I usually start my design with the shaft of the cane. Since canes are used f...

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The great Lumberjocks shoe challenge #1: Introduction

09-22-2010 01:57 AM by Jordan | 72 comments »

As a former grade school and dance teacher, I think I was cut out for motivating people to recognize their strengths. And as a carver who lives on his own creations, I have had to motivate and challenge myself on a daily basis. Over the years, I have developed my skills by recreating everyday objects – in my case, shoes. Shoes and boots of every kind – skates, cowboy boots, winter boots, running shoes…and the list goes on. (in real life I also have a shoe fetish.) I carved e...

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Simple Step Stool

09-26-2010 02:59 PM by CanadianWoodChuck | 6 comments »

After recieving MsDebbies post this morning I thought I should take a few pictures of this step stool and enter the kitchen challenge. The step stool was made on the request of MBH as she is sligtly vertically challenged and couldn’t reach the upper cabinets in the kitchen. Since then it has become more of a utilty stool used mostly for painting.The plan was published on the Home Hardware site as a free download. I made it out of pine scraps that I had around the shop. The stool was...

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How to post pictures in your blogs or forums 101

05-25-2009 08:15 PM by GaryK | 33 comments »

I have been asked by a couple of people how I add pictures into my blogs so I thought that I would make a little blog on how I do it. This is what works for me and not the only way to do it. First you have to have your pictures in your computer. You can download then from your camera or scan them with a scanner or whatever method you want. I like to resize the pictures in advance. The maximum width picture that you can display in a blog is 640. I don’t know what the limit for the ...

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Solar kiln #1: from design to construction

10-27-2008 10:55 PM by Julian | 12 comments »

A few years ago, I had the idea of building a small solar kiln. Well, life happened, and I didn’t have the time or money to build one. Then two weeks ago, my neighbor had a red elm cut down that had been struck by lighning earlier in the spring. I figured that a beautiful elm tree would never just fall into my lap, so I had the tree removal service roll the 8’, 30”+ main trunk into my front yard. After having it milled, I realized that I couldn’t wait an entire year to...

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"Art Box" Tutorial #1: Intro

06-16-2009 03:49 PM by Andy | 37 comments »

Updated 1/15/12 How to make an Art Box by Andy Campbell Safety Be safe! Guards, etc…may not be visible in the pictures. This is written for woodworkers of all skill levels.But, please keep in mind that this is not woodworking #101. I am writing this in a step by step manner that should be easy for a beginner to follow, but some basic understanding of tools and terminology is required.I ask that the more advanced woodworkers be patient and not be offended. I don’t wish to test your...

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2 DYE 4

06-16-2009 06:33 AM by trifern | 53 comments »

I have had numerous requests for a how to blog about my dyeing techniques. I use water base aniline dyes. This technique the dye is applied using 20 cent sponge brushes and cheap paper towels. I typically work from the darkest colors to the lightest, creating layers of color. This piece is turned from fiddle back maple. My apologies for not taking a photograph prior to applying any dyes. The first coat is black. I apply the dye liberally inside and out. I then wipe the outside with a...

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