I spent the day yesterday sorting through bunnies and taking photographs for the MUD bunny pattern packet. In all, I had made 6 sets of 10 bunnies. I made a couple of extra sets because I wanted to add them to my “All Season Tree” for the spring months. As much as I loved the look of the polar bears and penguins and the soft ice blue beads, I knew it was time to change over and have some spring and summer items on it. I suppose that is part of the fun of having a tree up all...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #987: Working on Version Four of the Bunnies
I spent the day yesterday working on the final version of bunnies. This version is once again a silhouette, but it is going to be painted using a couple of nice techniques. I spent the afternoon working on the base coating and I used some crackle medium to give them a crackled finish. In the past, I have used the crackle medium with a dark under coat so that the crackles really stand out. This time however, I decided to use the bright pastel colors underneath for a more subtle effect. I a...
The weekend was wonderfully productive. While I certainly could add “Grossly underestimates the time it takes to do things” to my resume, I still accomplished a great deal. Last week I was working on some little bunny ornaments. I am excited about them because I had four distinctly different versions of them hopping around in my head. I didn’t know which ones to actually make, so I made the decision to make them ALL. After all, who’s to say that there is a limit ...
I am just stopping by quickly today to say good day to you all. I spent the day yesterday working on the painted version(s) of my little bunnies. As with most things, the progress that I am making is slower than I had anticipated. There is a lot to think about and I am trying to filter my thought process to one step/version at a time. I find that the more I teach through my patterns the more detailed I want to be. I suppose that this comes from the experiences I have had with customer...
In varying stages of finish.. there are some rough shapes.. smooth shapes.. then I took it to Kaj. Marked where he wanted the thumb points. I have used the rough belt sander.. a runover with a hand sander.. 120 grit for 20 mins hand sanding..Quick hits with the rough belt, quick buzz with hand sander. 120 for 10 mins on the thum notches. 400 grit on the knife for 15 mins.I gave it a rub with tung oil.I will wire wool it tomorrow and another coat. Thanks for looking.
Kaj has supplied with a lot of wood to help me with my knife making and turning.This handle uses more traditional materials. He saw the knife with the Purple Heart and liked the colour.Birch Bark spacers, Thin strips of elk horn. Masur Birch for the handle. Measure, Mark, Drill, File to fit.Each piece. The masur Birch handle are 2 angled bores like—> \ |Before gluing with epoxy I layed the materials out in order of gluing. The whole process took about 2 hours.
The sun just came up a short while ago and it looks like another day of warming and melting. Spring is definitely on its way. While most people like spring, I can’t say that it is my favorite time of year. To me, for the most part it is bleak and sloppy and muddy. At least at this point of time it is where I live. It is as if nature teases us with a hint of a warm and sunny day here and there, only to retreat back into the dull dreariness of winter. While I enjoy the winter season...
Finland is famous for woods and my mother in law has a small one 13.5 hectare and her brother has about 20 hectares. I was helping take some trees for fire wood and I noticed some brown dots in the birch. I know this does not make it the much fabled curly birch I would like to get for knife handles. But for free and saving it from the fire.Well it makes me feel happy and in 8 months time it could quite well be used for some handles.It is now split and off the floor and in the barn t...
I suppose I could blame it on the previous week. My back was still sore. I was feeling poopie about some of the things with my job in general. The cats got me up early and I was kind of tired. Whatever the reason, I would think it is pretty safe to describe Saturday as a “less-than-inspiring” day. We all have them I suppose. But most people don’t put their creative lives out here on the internet every day for all to see. After almost three years of doing so, and near...
First of all I want to start by thanking everyone for the kind words of support we received yesterday. After a trying day on Thursday, it felt good to hear from so many of you and know that we have so many followers and friends that do care and appreciate all that we do. I am not going to allow a couple of people to change the way I do things. We will just move forward from here and what will be, will be. Now lets change gears and talk about some fun and positive things . . . On Thursd...
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