I took the time to construct a top feeder this weekend. Until now, I was primarily feeding the colony with a pie pan of sugar syrup set beside the hive entrance. They thoroughly enjoyed the setup, but such a practice is bad for many reasons. It attracts ants, wasps, yellowjackets, and other honey bees who rob the food. It may also do the worst and attract a raccoon or skunk which might try to topple the hive or break into the top. It is also prone to wind, rain, and evaporation, not to mentio...
I suppose I spoke too soon on Saturday. After all the cries of "wolf" continually from the weather channels, we had really become accustomed to not paying much heed to their dire warnings of impending doom. Since Keith and I don't even get 'regular TV' we only had heard about the storm from others. I checked the map on Friday to see Arthur's progress and it appeared to hit land and be winding down. Surely by the time it reached Nova Scotia, it would be minimal. ...
As some may remember….My Grizzly Bear made it into “The Lair”.It was a potentially dangerous and harrowing trip…. With my G0458 18” Open Ended Drum Sander resting comfortably and all cleaned up and ready to perform….I plugged it in, flipped the switch…. It is alive….For about a split second…. then the fuse blew!!!Yeah, I said FUSE…. all the circuits for “The Lair” are fuses!!! ;^( Short story long…. There is o...
Well here is the finished product. A 9 drawer hickory dresser with a hand brushed lacquer finish. The drawer faces, top and frame work is made from solid hickory. The drawer sides are made using polar which gave a nice contrast to the hickory drawer fronts once they were finished with lacquer. I used a sliding dove tail for the drawer glides and dust frames between each bank of drawers. Go here read the rest of the article on how I built this Custom Hickory Dresser
I finally got off my arse and bagged up and labeled all the parts to clear off the bench top. Next up was to make a new wooden deck for the box. 1/2” Red Oak again. No clue what the old board is but it’s brittle as all hell now so it’s toast. And I got this far yesterday when 1/4 of the way through drilling the curved corners the board split along the grain…. Had to start from scratch with a new board. Oh well. Got to spend some time at the wood s...
Even though I know it isn't the case, it seems like a long, long time since I have been drawing and designing. I think that so much occurs in between different types of things that I do (drawing, cutting, painting) that it only appears to me that it has been a while. It was only last week that I finished up my Chalky Finish (or not!) Beach Ornaments. Right now the pattern and pieces are only available at my ETSY store . I re-opened my store about a week and a half ago and I think it ...
I had a very busy day yesterday. I was surprised and thrilled at the response to the posting of my new patterns and surfaces in my ETSY shop. I also had several orders for wood pieces from other sources – including people that bought my wood kits from Artist's club previously and are looking for more. It is great to see that my long term thinking on this is working out. So much of owning and being successful business is thinking ahead and making decisions that are going to help the ...
Cheekcorns, twig, and leaf are done, except for the checking on the ‘corn caps on the left side. Twig and leaf to go on the right. Back to the big dog new for the next ten days or so to detail the muzzle and face.
t isn't often that I say I am "swamped". Usually I am pretty darn organized and really on top of things. But there are times when there comes a burst of activity with my little business and I have to regain my composure.This is NOT a negative by any means! I look at it as very much the opposite – especially at this time of year which is typically quite slow. It is an early indicator of things to come and helps us get ready for the busy autumn and holiday season. I am alrea...
We found out this week that Grandma is not going to be in town next week so we arranged for her to take the boy for the night to spend some time with him before she leaves. So with the boy not at home, beautiful weather (mid 70’s and lots of sun) and the fact that the sun is up till after 10pm nowadays it was the perfect storm to get this guy painted before the weekend. First thing up was to tape off the parts that will be painted. I neglected to get any pics of the taped parts pre...
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