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Charles Rohlfs Oak Desk, Stickley Ellis Table & Iconic Crafts, Nelson Atkins Art Gallery Kansas City

822 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 23 comments »

Wow! I made it, I finally made it, and oh what a surprise to find a museum with Iconic Furniture pieces intermixed with a lot of European, Asian, Native American, Egyptian, and some strange Contemporary Stuff that someone else calls “art”. ————————- WARNING: If you are easily offended by my silly notions of what looks good and is well built, please don’t read any farther. I’m just giving my opinions, that is what ...

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Logging Adventure, Saving a Huge Oak for something better than firewood

1060 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 11 comments »

INTRODUCTION: IF you are new to my diatribe ramblings, you may enjoy the diversion, or get frustrated, hard to predict ahead of time really. I like to write in my country, folksy, dry sense of humor style, telling life from a perspective that many of us enjoy and promote, and many others have never known or forgotten about. I know my writing isn’t up to publication standards, and I’m “comma happy” as my writing teacher used to say, but even with the run-on senten...

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Teaching the Building of a Powder Horn with Scrimshaw Engraving at the John Campbell Folk School

1183 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 4 comments »

Since posting my work on Lumberjocks, I have received a huge number of requests for help and advice on the building of powder horns and doing the scrimshaw artwork to decorate the horn. And, honestly, I can’t really help everyone, as I have to work in the shop myself, so I have accepted an invitation to teach a Powder Horn Building and Scrimshaw Decoration Class at the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. The date will be mid-July in 2012, and it is planned for a five day cla...

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Carvings- Elevator wall, Kitchen, Over Mantle

1209 days ago by Les Hastings | 13 comments »

Here is some linen fold carvings for the house we’ve been working on for a while now. These get built into the elevator entrance wall. The general contractor is doing the wall, I just made the panels for them. The next two are for the over mantle. The contractor is building that wall as well. There are two more carvings for this wall that I still have to do. These still need cleaned a bit before they are done. Next is some carvings that all were built into t...

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Dressing and Bath area for the Mrs.

1243 days ago by Les Hastings | 12 comments »

I was up to the house on Friday to deliver a couple of things and talk about some more carvings for the job. I was hoping they would be done with her area, but as you can see by the pictures I took that they have a little ways to go yet. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go back up when its all complete and get more photo’s then. Until then here’s a few photo’s to give you the general idea of things will look in the end Thanks f...

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Hand made radius inlay banding

1284 days ago by Les Hastings | 10 comments »

We needed six pieces of radius tulipwood inlays for this project. They were going to cost around $1200.00 to get them. There was a 100 piece minimum of each radius. So I spent about four hours and made my own. See the wolf? Didn’t see it until I was all done, it just kind of happened. Thanks for looking and have fun woodworking!

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Open barley twist newel posts

1284 days ago by Les Hastings | 9 comments »

These are some newel posts that I made for a local contractor recently. They are made out of Knotty Alder and are 7” x 7” square. The barley twists are done on the legacy ornamental mill. The column caps were hand turned with a tenon and applied.

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Breaking the Silence; Teaching Family Casket Building at the J. Campbell Folk School in 2011

1619 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 10 comments »

—————————————— UPDATE 3-28-2012: MISSION CASKET BOOK & PLANS AVAILABLE:After Posting my Casket Stories and Photos on Lumberjocks, I have been overwhelmed by the response from readers. There is quite a long thread of folks wanting to build their own casket, or wanting to build one for a close friend or family member. There are many reasons a person would build their own casket, including saving money...

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The Ants and the Fire – A True Story from my Woodshop

1937 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 20 comments »

This Blog entry has nothing to do with woodworking, other than it involves firewood, my woodshop woodstove, and my thoughts as a woodworker looking for some heat this week, and ultimately expresses a better understanding of another Woodworker’s life. I guess that counts, so I hope you’ll stick with me to the end, this is a true story, I didn’t make this up. This week we’ve had some unusually cold weather, and then warm, and then cold again. I was able to put up six pickup truck l...

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Art for Life, Buying Handmade, The Economy Optimist, & a website called "buyhandmade.org"

1984 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 15 comments »

I’m sort of sad this week. It’s just frustrating to me, what is happening now. In the big sense, and the little Lumberjock sense. An artist and L-J’er that I greatly admire, Thomas Angle, can’t find anyone to buy his work, and he has shut down his business operation That sort of just stinks, and should be a huge red flag for any of the rest of us that try to sell our handmade work for a living. He can work leather, and combine it with wood like few have ever d...

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