RusticallyFlared-AsianInspiration—-a study in the cross cultural texture of ‘wood art’. ....so how proud are you of your underside? I still remember the time I was in a well known and famous gallery owner’s showroom over in the upstate region of … ...., looking at some of the furniture on display. Well next thing I know as I’m down on my hands and knees is a loud display of noise as this person let me know that I was on the verge of being aske...
Beholder of Art ....art-full to be-hold, i gather what surrounds me, adroit nature i am….—by flp And so I was sitting this morning looking over some photos I had taken recently outside and out of my landscape of framework, came these pictures speaking to me. Imagination is a wonder-full gift, and when coupled with writing, the words of the soul can be heard, which has caused me to spend a rich time here at my desk with pencil and paper, writing out note-full stories for futu...
So enough with the microscope for today and on to my newest tools purchases and a project! (Finally they say!) There you see a Stanley block plane, small Stanley hand saw, and a piece of granite. The block plane will be functional with some loving on the jig. The saw is to replace my japanese pull saw until my new one arrives from Woodcraft. The one I have now is losing teeth (an Irwin pullsaw), though I can’t fault the saw, it has done everything from treated lumber to hard mapl...
Simulated Wood Tales ....brushed shellac breathes tone,by hands of the creator,i impart design….—-by flp ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————R...
Well, Christmas was a big hit, but I had to put a few finishing touches on the horse. Karson was observant to point out that there wasn’t any place for the little rider to put his feet, it needed ears, and it needed some finish on it. I mixed up some amber shellac flakes from Lee Valley in a 2# cut. Thanks Bob #2 for the math help on small batches. I was scratching my head a bit. First I used Dowelmax to align the ear blocks and to centre drill the top for the leather ears. I ...
100 steps to a great finishI have written about finishing douglas fir before, but I keep getting lots of questions about it so here I go. Sand to 220. Get in the grooves. Making the washcoat to prevent blotching .. 90% Mineral Spirits Washcoat Part 2: 10% Boiled Linseed Oil Apply Washcoat with cloth. Inspecting the coat. If there are any sanding marks or glue spots this is the time to get them. Applying stain with brush. Clean off. Get into the grooves with a glue brus...
Since I don’t have one of those fancy japanese saw blades with no set, I sanded the keys off with 100 grit (being careful to stop before touching the box), then taking the rest off with 150 grit and finishing the entire box with 220. Of course, I decided to take it one step further, and I went over it again very gently with 320 grit. I then did a quick vacuuming of my work area, and got things prepared. The end of this pair of boxes is now in sight. Here you can see the two boxes lai...
I like to do a light (1 lb.) shellac sealer coat on fumed wood to help bring out the color after fuming. So since I’m going to be fuming my sgian dubh presentation box, I thought I’d make mixing up my shellac one of my projects this past weekend. When mixing shellac from flakes, I always mix in smaller batches, just because I don’t use a lot of shellac over a six month period, being a small-project woodworker. So I usually mix a one or two pound cut in a small, 10 oz. w...
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