Actually, the inspiration came indirectly through his son John, who developed Lincoln Logs ® and who’s design I slightly amended. OK, the joinery technique is really just half lapped joints, but I thought the inspiration tag sounded better. Anyway, to move on, I was “tasked” by the wife to help build a crèche (manger) for her figures by next Christmas (this is not a last minute project). Having a handful of 18” x ½” dowels leftover from a previous project, I thought that I might just desi...
As my opening post, I think it important to thank Steve Ramsey over at woodworkingformeremortels.com for making hobbies fun again. Aside from the honest and clean entertainment value of Steve’s Friday videos, I find his message to be inspiring. I feel good about going out to the garage and making useless crafts of dubious quality instead working on improving the house. He has reminded me that I must improve myself before I can improve the world. And that I improve the world by impro...
Merry Christmas from ‘Down Under’ to all my LJ Budies and their families.
After quite a busy day yesterday, I am happy to say that I almost accomplished everything that I set out to do. For me, that is as good as anything. While I didn’t get my little tree changed over to Christmas yet, I did finish painting the new ornaments and charms for the pattern packet. I had to wait to take the final pictures for the packets, and I will be doing that today. I found that the DecoArt Craft Twinkle paint (the sparkle paint) that I used on these takes a bit of time ...
I made good progress yesterday working on the new ornament sets, and in the process, something came to mind. An epiphany if you will. Although I am sure that the idea has probably been addressed before, it had not occurred to me until yesterday. I felt as if the fog had been lifted and I had one of those “ah-ha!” moments we see played out in the movies. In any case, I think I may be on to something. In my never-ending quest to eliminate spray adhesive as much from my life as ...
I have written about this before, and I probably will again. I once again participated in an ornament exchange that was set up by the scrollers on Steve Good’s forum. It is an event that I look forward to every year, as it gives me a chance to experience not only the work of other scrollers, but also enjoy the friendship and sharing that it entails. I love exchanges. I think that it is a great way to learn about fellow crafts people and own a little piece of something created by the...
Any of you who know me know that I tend to be an optimist at times. You also know that I sometimes underestimate the time it takes me to do something. Well it seems that yesterday my optimism collided with my underestimation and I made the mistake of saying that my sled ornaments would be completed today. Oh, they are cut and sanded. Everything came out really nice I thought and worked like it should. As a matter of fact, I found a great deal of pleasure in cutting these ornaments out. Wh...
I woke up this morning and it was already light out. That alone told me that I had overslept. But there was a reason for doing so, as it was quite a ‘busy’ night. It seems that Keith’s cold has quite a hold on him. What started as a stuffy nose and some aches and pains now turned into a nasty cough. As a result, he was up much of the night trying to get comfortable and find a place where he could settle, as every time he laid down he began to cough. Of course, the cats...
This would make a great stocking stuffer. EDIT: I have fixed the wobbling problem. Check out tomorrows Second Slice to find out what I did wrong and how I fixed it.
Another video from the Grand River Woodturning Guild. This one is Christmas ornaments and the great thing about it is how scalable the ideas are.. you can do a lot or a little.. advanced or simple.
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