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A Few Progress Photos on a Walnut/Maple Walking Cane with Scrimshaw

2279 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 10 comments »

This is a walking cane that I am building for a woman in Conneticut. These photos are meant to show her my progress, and check the conformity with her ideas of what she wanted. - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - Specifications: The wood is black walnut The handle is Curly Ambrosia Maple, stained “red mahog...

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A Few Progress Photos on a new Irish-Heritage, Shamrock Spirit, Carved Face Walking Cane

2290 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 19 comments »

UPDATE 5-2-2008: You can see the finished cane in this project posting: - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -—- – - – -—- – - – - Back to my original Blog: This is a short blog, as I sort of spilled my insides out earlier this week with the previous blog. So, not much to say tonight. I’m working on a unique commissioned walking c...

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Being Freed Up. Seeing wood and woodworking in a new light.

2292 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 18 comments »

Ok, I promised myself and my wife that I would quit typing so much and work in the shop more. So, I’ve been fairly quiet, only admiring all of the growth of LJ, and the projects and blogs a few times a day quietly. This growing bunch of folks has been truly inspirational for me. But, when I type too much, I don’t make things, bills come in the mailbox, upset spouse, thus the silence. After all, what I have to say isn’t all that important anyway. Something else my wife t...

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"Scrimshaw Techniques" Book by Jim Stevens is Now Ready For Sale

2381 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 3 comments »

A few weeks ago I blogged that a new book on Scrimshaw artwork was being authored by Jim Stevens from Colorado, called “Scrimshaw Techniques.” Jim was nice enough to include some of my scrimshaw work in his book, and so I have been anxious to see how it came out. The book was released for sale a couple of weeks ago at Schiffer’s website, and I found it this morning on Amazon as well. As soon as my purchased copy arrives, I’ll give a book review and tell you what...

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Transforming a Kitchen Cookbook Nook

2389 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 15 comments »

I have a client that lives close to me, and we have had a lot of fun designing and building things for their home. They sort of “pushed” me into quitting my day job by offering a long term commission to transform their home with functional-art pieces one at a time, according to an overall game plan. They had a general idea of what they wanted, but needed someone to turn the dream into wood. They were willing to adapt their ideas to mine, and vice versa, and I have really appr...

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Breaking the 1000 Post Barrier, without Electricity. What?

2416 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 29 comments »

I finally made it. I remember the sweeeeet days when I was the number one posting member of the LJ community. I even won the first issuing of LJ t-shirts for active participation from Martin. And then, I was 2nd, and I tried to keep up. Then, I was 3rd, and then 4th, and 5th, and no matter how much I scrambled, I kept falling further and further behind. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just trying to be funny, in my dry, not-funny, style. I am so glad that this community is gro...

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A Scrimshaw Art Journey: What it is & How to Do it; Five Simple Steps to Success

2446 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 17 comments »

A Scrimshaw Art Journey: A Lumberjock’s “Short Version” of the Techniques for Decorating a Powder Horn by: Mark A. DeCouwww.decoustudio.com (This writing, photos, and artwork are protected by copyright by M.A. DeCou 2007-2010, all rights reserved, please ask permission before using any part or component.) =============================== UPDATE 9-25-2012:This past summer I had four students at the John C. Campbell Folk School class on Powder Horn Building and Scr...

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Trip to Kansas City

2473 days ago by DrsHobby | 6 comments »

Well, my wife and I went to Kansas City today to visit some friends that moved their this past summer. I recently gave them a cutting board listed as a project here, and like cajunpen suggested they don’t want to use it. We spent a good part of Saturday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and it is worth the trip. The museum was very impressive. My wife being an artist loved it and so did I. The collection was extensive and the new addition the Bloch building was awesome. I did however wa...

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Airbrushing my Birger Sandzen-Inspired Carving for the Tilt-Front Laptop Computer Desk

2477 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 16 comments »

I’m in the midst of finishing up a project I have really enjoyed. Sure, it has taken me two times the hours I bid, but I am happy with the result. Actually, it has come out better than I expected, which is always a nice surprise. This is a functional-art piece I wish I wasn’t selling, to be honest. But, I have already spent all of the down payment. So, giving the money back is not possible, so the customer will get her desk. There have been a few pieces I wish I could ha...

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Relief Carving My Birger Sandzen-Inspired Desk Door Panel, A step-by-Step Log.

2479 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 19 comments »

I hesitate to do this, that which I am about to do. I don’t fancy myself as a good carver, or a great picture drawer. Especially with so many lumberjocks that are great carvers here that will see this. On top of that, there are so many great carvers on the internet that will stumble onto this blog because they surf the net. With that said, after Mark Mazzo asked about the process I go through to do a carved panel like this one, I thought about it for awhile, and decided to show th...

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