I had to switch gears yesterday and jump from snowmen and snow globes to chicks and spring colors. I suppose that is part of what I really enjoy about my job – I am never working on anything long enough to be ‘bored’ with it. This is truly an exciting time of year for me. I know that I can say that just about any time of year, but with the holiday season upon us, it seems that I am working on more projects and directions and the days pass by very quickly. I am sure that p...
Really in high gear this time of year! I’ve sold quite a bit of my holiday carvings in the past week, but still working away. Here is a new Santa I hope to finish this weekend, especially since the weather is bad. He’ll be holding a staff in one hand and carrying a lantern in the other. This is from a Jon Nelson roughout with my own interpretation. I like all the folds in the robe! Thanks for looking!
Sanded this one to 150 grit and figured a good wet coat of lacquer might bring out the grain a bit. The rosewood and turquoise together for the photo. Will glue last. The turquoise is from eBay China. Fun stuff.
sanded to 80 grit with my Dewalt random orbital coming together ...drilled 1 inch holes about 3/16 deep in the rosewood medallion … got some deco style brass hinges on order … they are late… tracking number says stuck in Wisconsin These are on order also … from eBay China. Came with a tracking number even. Says the 10 hasps are stuck in Chicago since the 27th… so not holding my breath.
Not a big entry on this running blog of my house remodel. The floor is on. Solid red oak..
This past summer I had the privilege of joining an incredibly talented and inspiring painter named Terrye French in her group she formed called “Painting With Friends.” When painting for the group, we are given rough line drawings or sketches that Terrye drew up and we are then invited to take the idea and run with it. We can develop it in any way we wish, and are encouraged to use our imagination and incorporate our own ‘style’ into it. Once we paint it and make ...
At long last, I was cleared (sort of) for duty back in the shop. This back injury has been a doozy and has brought my woodworking almost to a standstill—-and at the worst time too. With daytime highs now in the low to mid 30s, my unheated shop is all but closed up for the winter. Undeterred, I am powering through the rough spots. I picked up where leaving off oh, a month or two ago, and cut out the pieces for the hinge. I think this picture is pretty self explanatory: ...
Let’s see, I had a couple scraps of Black Walnut sitting around the shop. Also had what was left from a Black Cherry floor joist ( From an old barn tear down) Both were being abused by every new-to-me handplane that came into the shop. Decided to try and make SOMETHING out of them, before they wound up as just a pile of shavings. Edges were planed square and ready for glue-ups. Didn’t have a way to make slimmer pieces, so I just used the scraps as is. Got a slab out o...
I often hear from people how much they wish they could be like me every day and just scroll saw or paint all day, every day. While I know that I feel very fortunate to be doing what I am doing, that isn’t always the case. Those of you who have been following me for any length of time realize that the actual scroll sawing or painting is only a small part of the process of owning your own business, and that those times are sometimes few and far between. I am not complaining though, a...
Sanded to 40 grit on my 80 inch belt sander. Showing off the surface textures from the belt sander, so here’s a close up. Got this glue from dude on Ebay. Thumbs up ! Search E-Z Bond
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