Hi LJ buddies! At the moment I am in the midst of a 7 week hiatus from the workshop and traveling across country in an RV. I am presently in Buellton, CA. Leave tomorrow for Pasadena to attend a family reunion. Along the way, I have kept my eye out for sources of uniquely Western or California wood to make something out of when I get back into the shop. If anyone knows a place where I can buy some slabs, turning stock, even furniture wood to carry back I would appreciate it. I know...
"adirondack chair making" #1: my first adirondack chair was made in 1995, now two decades later, I am still at it
when I was a freshman in high school (1995), I won the end of the year award for woodshop when I produced an Adirondack Chair. Now 2014, I am still at it. I only get better and better at them. Now I am giving them some Texas, southwestern, rustic flare with a cut-out the shape of the state. I now make Adirondack chairs on a weekly basis mostly for therapy. But I sell them too. In post(s) to follow I will explain more about Adirondack chair making.
Well, my fellow Alvaradotian (Alvaradoite?), Tim Marko, just dropped by a couple of hours ago. He’s probably not even home yet and I’m posting about it. Tim’s a nice guy and some of the projects he brought over to show me are just wonderful. I should have taken photos of those! Anyway, I showed him around my shop, my office, showed off lots of candle holders and wine rests, and we talked a lot about where to buy wood in this area. He seems to know a lot more about buyi...
After a seemingly successful beach driftwood project earlier this summer, I knew that the next trip to the beach would include a hunt for more treasures, perhaps even ones of the slightly buried variety. Again the family returned to Sargent and again the Texas tides did not disappoint. My wife actually went to the beach with the kiddos a day prior to me and upon seeing her later that evening; she said “I saw a piece of wood you may be interested in.” “Cool!” I said, thinking that I have ...
In this part I’m intending to finish the cigar pen I started last time. I’m going to add a bloodwood accent to the writing end of the pen. To do this I took a bloodwood scrap and drilled the center. I then took a spare brass tube put it on the pen mill and squared one end to the hole. This allows the part to mate seamlessly to the piece on the tube. Next is cut off a short piece to glue onto the tube. I am using a clamp to keep my fingers away. I probably could hav...
Overview There are a number of people who have indicated they would like to know more about what it takes to turn pens. There are quite a few very good pen turners who are members of our community. My intent is go get an overview out there to encourage more people to give it a try. I’m hoping some of the other pen turners will add to this and we can get more people turning. It really is quite simple and very rewarding. What I like about turning pens is the ability to finish a ...
The book is here now- and I still have a few copies left that I can dedicate, sign, and send off. Let me know if you want one and how you want it signed. Go to my web site for more information: www.woodworks-by-donna.comPlease look at the information page for details about the book, the benefits of getting them from me, and the eight project chapters that were cut in final editing: http://www.woodworks-by-donna.com/UBSBBINFO.html!http://www.woodworks-by-donna.com/BookCover.jpg(The Ultimate Ba...
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