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

2453 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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Selling Your Crafts & Art on the Internet: My new Strategy with Crosslinked Lumberjocks & Etsy.com

2021 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 30 comments »

There is an ongoing debate about whether Lumberjocks should be the focus of a marketing plan by professional woodworkers. There are quite a few professionals on this site now, all of us trying to make a living. I define “professional” as someone that makes all, or most of their income from their woodworking and craft work. Selling something once in a while from your hobby work really has nothing in common with “having” to sell something every day to buy food and s...

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

2486 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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Crown Molding: Crafting Your Own Trim

2727 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 10 comments »

My wife is gone for a few hours this Saturday morning, and the kids are busy watching a video, so I will update you on what I am working on now. I’m right in the middle of a “fun” project. It is “fun” on many levels, mostly because I have had to stop and scratch my head a lot. For those of you with kids, or remember having kids, or know someone who has kids, Winnie the Pooh always says, “Think, think, think” while poking his temple when he is try...

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

1983 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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Dressing and Bath area for the Mrs.

1242 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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Progress Photos: Building Rachel's Woodie Hoop (round wood toy inspired by a hoola hoop)

2141 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 24 comments »

With all of the “Hoopla” associated with my recent blog, and Quixote's Project posting on the subject, I just about had to submit and build the toy for her. After all, using the thorough 2-Step plans she provided, how hard could it be? Well, just count all of the Steps I used, and add up the dollar amount of all of the tools I used in the process, and it’s a pretty daunting little project, for a fact. Sure, buying a plastic ring at the big department store would be ch...

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Hand made radius inlay banding

1283 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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Charles Rohlfs Oak Desk, Stickley Ellis Table & Iconic Crafts, Nelson Atkins Art Gallery Kansas City

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

1618 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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