It has been a truly crazy couple of days for me. Most of it has been good, but some of it has been silly. I have been in so many directions that I don't know what to talk about first! I received TWO beautiful gifts from ornament swaps that I participated in this year! I love ornament swaps because it gives me a chance to have something that is made by a fellow woodworker or painter. It is always fun and exciting to give and receive a 'secret' gift from someone who shares...
It is hard to believe it is December already! The autumn months are always my favorite, but it always seems that they pass by so quickly. Here in Nova Scotia we have had several days of dusting snow and lately it has been cool and grey. Winter is definitely coming.The beginning of the new month is also a significant day for me. My oldest child (Phil) has turned 31 today. It is hard to believe that it was that long ago when he was just a little guy. It seemed like in a blick of an eye he grew ...
Before You Buy A Laser—There are three things to consider when selecting a laser: Size Matters. A lot! The larger the bed the more copies of a piece you can make saving reload time. Also, many jobs need to be produced on a larger bed laser. The 18” X 24” is fine for a large percentage of the market. Some of the higher priced cabinet doors, skateboard decks, and furniture need to have a large bed laser. If I had it to do over, I would have purchased the largest unit Epilog makes...
This is my second year of owning an Epilog Helix 24 X 18, 50 watt laser. In this blog I offer my experience and insight in helping woodworkers who are considering buying, or have just bought, a laser engraver. I am not the greatest wood worker—just an average guy with some tools. When I saw a demonstration of the Epilog, I could see so many opportunities for wood working. Opportunities I never considered – until now. As a retired, disabled woodworker some tasks in the shop were a chal...
No. I did not go shopping. I my 53 years of life on this planet, I have not once participated in what began as an after Thanksgiving Day event but now encompasses anything from a week prior to a week after Thanksgiving. I was (somewhat) shocked to even see "Black Friday" events held here in Canada, as this country's Thanksgiving is held in early October. I can't help to just shake my head and think it is all about greed. When I read the stories of violence and panic and...
My goodness yesterday just flew by! It was one of those days when I was busy from the moment I awoke and before I knew it, it was getting dark out. I had several things happening at once, and after I returned from my errands, I got my new design ready to cut on the saw. But after I had things all lined up on my wood pieces, I saw that some revisions were needed on the pattern and the old cliche of "back to the drawing board" rang true. After tweaking things a bit, I was able to...
Today's post is going to be rather short (well – by my standards anyway!) Both Keith and I are working very hard to get some more new designs to you for your holiday crafting. Keith just finished a beautiful new set of ornaments that are in his very popular filigree style. I believe he finished up the pattern last night and he should be making them available on the site sometime later today. I think they are just stunning: I also have been working on a couple of new sc...
Perfect Christmas gift for the wood worker in your life! All 4 pieces were bought brand new from the manufacturers and hardly used. All are like new and in perfect condition. 1. Rigid Table Saw- R4512 10” Professional Table Saw Retails $529.00 2. Hammer A3 31 310mm Joiner/Planer Retails $3227.00 3. Grizzly 2HP Dust Collector G05482 Retails $415 4. Grizzly Drum Sander G0457 Retails $654 Selling all 4 pieces for $3400 Please contact me with any qu...
You may or may not have noticed that I took a few days off of blogging here. It wasn’t because I didn’t accomplish anything, but more so because I was rather focused on what I was doing and I wasn’t sure if the process that I was working on would be interesting to you all. At least not at this time. I have always loved to create. Be it crayons, wood, paint, sewing, needlework, or any of countless forms of media – if i could make something out of it, I would. I don&...
I had a very busy day yesterday. But it was the kind of day that was also a great deal of fun. (I have had a lot of those lately!) I spent the majority of it decorating my new SLD485 Holiday Lights Damask ornaments that I previewed to you yesterday. I had cut several sets of them because I knew I wanted to play with them and experiment with many of the wonderful finishes that I had here from DecoArt and hot fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada. I had several ideas of how I wanted to d...
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