As I sit here taking the time to type a few words my dishes sitting waiting for me to start the morning routine. Routine house duties are usually completed long before now but distractions have led me astray and I have followed. My little lanyard project sits here by my computer, a reminder of my first attempt at wood carving. As I sat looking at it this morning I mulled over the suggestion to put the rope markings in it and Rick’s input this morning seconded this feedback. So that w...
I made a Teddy Bear like this for a Wood Magazine Toy Contest, a few years back. I made some more for my Grandkids. The one I made for the contest was Black Walnut. The dimensions of my bear is 3 1/2” X 4” X 6 1/4”. I hollowed out the inside on the lathe, before carving, but it could be done with a Forstner bit. I purchased a musical coin slot from Cherry Tree that plays Teddy Bear Picnic when you drop a coin in. The one pictured doesn’t have the coin slot. These a...
Well I finally got started on the project today. I dug out some Black Ash boards, & ripped , & planed 4 legs to thickness. Then I dug out some Black Walnut for the table top & aprons, & set it aside until tomorrow.
I’m not sure I will be able to finish by the May 31 deadline – but I’m plugging along. I wanted to combine the project with gifts for two different weddings this summer. I opted to make them from Black Walnut, with a “Rodel” kind of look. I think Walnut is regal on it’s own, so I tried several methods to add the detail shown in the original design and ended up going with inlay of the same wood. I think it adds a complementary, but still subtle detail. I book matc...
My wife brought to my attention a poster project to promote Pandora radio’s affiliation with Global Giving, a project which targets children to provide music education. I entered this poster, as a homage to the music venue posters of the 60’s. I’d appreciate your vote, if you’re so inclined. The winner gets the exposure and $500 in money to spend at an indie music store. Woo Hoo! You can vote daily until the contest closes on August 24th, so as they used to say in C...
Live in the woods….Wood Art Well here we go….while out last Saturday working in the woods, I happened to be down in a place that does not get into my normal forest travels. I was down in this area last fall cutting trees for this winter’s burning and happened to be down here not long ago looking at some trees that had recently fallen, due to storm winds. Last Saturday was spent cleaning those trees up and while on a break that morning, I decided to waunder around. Foun...
Well I am just about there. I got 1 coat of Watco drying on it right now. I’ll knock down the shine when im done applying. I will probably give the top about 4 coats of butcher block oil when all is said and done as it really seemed to absorb the first coat almost instantly. The metal feet were installed only to allow me to coat the whole unit without getting anymore stains on my shop floor. They will be removed when im done. Check it out All comments are welcomeThanks fo...
I’ve been busy with Holiday decorations, but came across thislink for those with a video MP3 player . Also works well on a PChttp://iyule.tv/ 30-minutes of crackling fire and a beautiful original score by Geoff Smith formated forwide or standard screen portable players (iPods, iPhones, Zunes, etc.),your computer or Apple TV.
After an unsuccessful try at a #71 router plane, I just had to snag something off of Ebay. It was personal. This time, it was a couple of saws. A Disston D8 and another saw with simply “Warrented Superior” and a patten date of Dec 17, 1887. Why did I get these? Part of it was the fact that I didn’t get the router plane. Sure, one of the saws is a crosscut saw, which is something I need. That was part of it. I had been looking at Japanese crosscut saws, and I decide...
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