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

2445 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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Crown Molding: Crafting Your Own Trim

2719 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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Hanging Homemade Crown Molding: Suffering Through Mistakes & Learning Life's Lessons.

2710 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 11 comments »

I wanted to tell a little more about my experience with crafting my own crown molding, and share a couple of lessons I learned along the way. Previously, I showed how I formed and sanded the profile on the last blog of this topic, and so today I thought I would complete the task by showing the installation of the molding, and a few “gems” I discovered along the way. First off, I made very sure that my cabinet that I am hanging this crown molding on was as perfectly square on...

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Hat Making Tool: Prototypes #1 & #2 of the DeCou Studio Formillon and Conformer

2157 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 5 comments »

Update 2-19-2009: For photos of the restored Maillard Conformateur & Formillon For photos showing another restored Maillard Formillon here And photos of a Carrying Case for the Maillard Allie Conformateur and Formillon - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - ——sorry photos aren’t loading, I’m working on repairing this...

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

2133 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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Design Sketch: Folk-Art Walking Cane with Carved Face of Christ, in Figured Bubinga, Antler Handle

2181 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 5 comments »

This blog entry is to post a concept sketch for a custom walking cane for customer approval. If you are a new reader, and like custom walking canes, follow this link that will lead to other project postings of several of my finished walking canes and hiking sticks:Carved Walking Cane thanks for reading,Mark DeCouMy Website- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - ̵...

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Design Sketch: Crazy Horse Carved Walking Cane with Trailing Feathers, Antler Handle, and Scrimshaw

2136 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 3 comments »

If you found this page by searching for something related to Native American Indian Carved Walking canes, you might also like to see these finished canes I’ve made: Apache Geronimo Cane Cherokee Chief & Blackfoot Chief Curly Bear Cane Set Apache Cochise Cane Apache Chief Cochise #2 Cane Shoshone Chief Cane Indian Guides Chief Big-Red-Cloud Hiking Stick This blog entry is for showing a new concept sketch of a carved walking cane design that I am working on so that...

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Transforming a Kitchen Cookbook Nook

2388 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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Plans for Making A Wooden Hoola Hoop for a 7 Year Old Girl - By Rachel DeCou

2136 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 33 comments »

This blog entry today is somewhat woodworking related, and the content has mostly been provided by my daughter Rachel, a student of woodworking, at least in the way I do woodworking. She’s been hanging out in the shop all afternoon since the grade school decided to call off school today because the Cottonwood River was up so high, cutting off roads around the County today. I’m enjoying her presence in the shop, but I hope the water is down tomorrow so she can learn something w...

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Design Sketch: Carved Long Eagle Feathers on a Walking Cane , with Two Handle Options

2135 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 4 comments »

If you are just surfing through the internet about Walking Canes and found this posting, and you want to see some actual canes I’ve carved, click on the Widget Picture of the cane here. That project has more than 40 other links to other unique carved walking canes I’ve built. This blog entry is for showing a new concept sketch of a carved walking cane design that I am working on so that the prospective customer can view the concept drawings and provide his input, or approval. ...

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