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

11-11-2007 11:27 PM 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

01-17-2009 02:22 AM 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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Crown Molding: Crafting Your Own Trim

02-10-2007 08:43 PM 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"

02-23-2009 07:36 PM 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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Charles Rohlfs Oak Desk, Stickley Ellis Table & Iconic Crafts, Nelson Atkins Art Gallery Kansas City

04-30-2012 05:23 PM 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

02-23-2010 07:59 PM 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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Planning "Steps" for a Carved Story Stick, "The Gospel" Commissioned Walking Cane

06-03-2008 04:08 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 9 comments »

My recent lumberjock postings of the walking cane work I have done recently has brought a lot of interest from folks wanting me to build them special, unique, elaborately detailed, walking canes and sticks. This new blog communicates the design process on one cane as I prepare to start the carving, and get approvals on the final design. The customer is a Youth Pastor, and needs to use a tall walking cane to support a bad knee. He and I have been designing this project for several weeks...

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

09-16-2008 02:28 PM 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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Design Sketch: Carved Long Eagle Feathers on a Walking Cane , with Two Handle Options

09-16-2008 05:43 PM 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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Hanging Homemade Crown Molding: Suffering Through Mistakes & Learning Life's Lessons.

02-19-2007 06:29 PM 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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