Yesterday was a really productive day. I am happy to say that I did manage to get the video edited and posted up on YouTube. I will be adding it to my video page on my site also over the next couple of days. (The video section is down the page a little bit) As I stated before, what I am doing here is not rocket science. What I try to focus on in my patterns and teach to others, is that you don’t have to use complicated techniques to get some really cool results. Yes – there ...
What a crazy night! In the eight years that I lived here in Nova Scotia, I don’t remember ever experiencing winds like we had last night. As I read the status’ of my friends that are to the west of us in both Canada and the United States, apparently it is just our turn. And while we are currently experiencing 11 degree temperatures (Celsius), it is supposed to go down below freezing by nightfall and we are to have up to 10 cm of snow. Crazy. I only mention this because I s...
The sun is just coming up this morning and I can see that there is no snow on the ground. Already it is a good day. It’s going to be one of those days which involves lots of running around, and part of me feels as if I am not going to accomplish a lot. But that is a bad attitude, and I should try to see if I can get my mindset in another direction. After all, we can’t only measure our accomplishments by the number of pieces we produce every day. We all know there is much mo...
There are days when I feel like I do not accomplish all that I want to do. Usually, if I sit down and really think about it and list the things that I did throughout the day, I find that things aren’t really as bad as I originally thought and that in actuality, I did achieve a lot. It is just that what I choose to do takes time and thought, and I need to remind myself of that sometimes and not expect everything to be done in the blink of an eye. I am currently working on four patte...
I never know what is going to trigger an idea. More so than not, when I am looking for something, I can’t find anything suitable but when I least expect it, something jumps out at me. Every project idea that I see isn’t always what I would call ‘original.’ But I don’t think that it always has to be. Lots of times I will see stuff that is already available or on the market that is a cute idea, but I think of how I can modify it or improve on it so that peopl...
The other day I received an email request and I thought some of you may be interested in it too. It is a survey from a marketing student from DePaul University in Chicago who is looking for woodworkers to participate. I believe it is only open for those of you who are in the United States. I attended DePaul for a year, majoring in music and my sister graduated from their business school with a masters degree. They are a reputable university and the survey is on the up and up. I took it...
Yesterday was incredibly productive. I say that like I am surprised because, frankly I am. Not only did I map out the main shapes for the pieces I am working on, but I cut them too and finished about 90 per cent of the drawings. I think by the late morning I will be done with the drawing part of the project and ready to paint. I didn’t expect that at all. It strikes me as funny that some projects are just easier to do and bring to reality. The journey between what I envision in ...
This is the blog of how I built Celtic NOT. The design is one of a recent series of overlapping circle designs. Originally there were two possible patterns These are the original paper models. As you can see the more complicated of the two had an interwoven line on the sides of the box as well. I eventually decided this pattern looked a bit too busy and opted for the simpler of the two. The box was going to be Oak with Sycamore and Walnut stringing. I initially tried making t...
You ain’t ever gonna keep me down. Lyric spotters please feel free to comment. I left you, last night, as I was hacking at the pattern board with a chisel. No, I’m not mad. I’ve done all the tests. It worked. I repaired the pattern. I re-placed the mask and all looks good. Re-taped the pattern I scored a knife line into the pattern,along the outside edge of the outer tape. In combination with a strip of Polycarbonate, which has a line scored on...
I’ve decided to make this one with wood from from my scrap bin and my ‘Ebony Bits Box’ - I won’t bore you with the details but after a lot of cutting and sticking, using Viscose CA, I had made the pattern (with a few little modifications). This was glued onto a backing of 1.5mm Birch Aeroply, using PVA, and thickness sanded to 5mm. Hand sanded down to 600 grit and a couple of coats of spray acrylic (satin finish) later this is the result. I have sto...
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