Just finished preliminary assembly on 4 trebuchets to hand out for the Holidays to various kids in my life. These are patterned on the Hila Trebuchet, I’m having some trouble getting a consistent release, and I need to come up with some heavier ballasts, but it’s good to get ‘em off the workbench and to the next stage.
This year the members of SAW made over 1300 toys for the Salvation Army Toy drive.
Check this out from NBC last night. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/31929478#31929478
Our toy making operation was published in the newspaper again. It seems that the article was published in Delaware Wave on December 17, 2008, Delaware Coast Press in December 18, 2008 and in the Daily Times in December 23, 2008 It is truly an honor to be a part of this group of dedicated workers who meet each Wed of the year to make toys for kids. They are distributed to different charities in the area for their distribution to the children of their client families. We make about 120...
Toymaker Amber Dusick aka woodmouse her wood shop in her garage in downtown LA. After the birth of her son, this one time farm girl from Wisconsin became nostalgic for the toys from her past: simple, natural toys that would inspire creativity and imaginative play, made from materials that wouldn’t stick around in a landfill for thousands of years. After years of silver smithing, throwing pottery and drawing with pen and ink, Amber finally found her medium in wood. Using sustainab...
Yesterday Dec 6, 2008 was our toy give away day for the Mason Dixon Woodworkers Club. These are the toys that we made in 2008. Approximately 1300 toys were made and given away. They were given to Charities in the area for them to give to their recipients. A local newspaper reporter Dan Shortridge and Photographer Gary Emeigh were present to record the day. I’ll post other pictures but here is a link to the Newspaper Article Click on the related articles to see the print article. ...
I’ve always wanted to make things for children. I finally have a toddler to make something for in the family. My nephews came along before I was really into woodworking for fun. So now a small niece is in the picture. This is what I’m making her for Christmas. http://www.meiselwoodhobby.com/Products/ViewProduct.aspx?id=42983 It looks like a real fun project. They have a little weiner dog so hopefully she’ll like this. I didn’t get much done today – but i...
Set number two: I really like that t-rex. Also put together a couple of dragons: And my little dragon took right to them. I’m going to re-design the red dragon so the wings come off the body like the t-rex legs, I think that will give it more pop. The dragons are painted with milk based paints and the dinos are finished with salad bowl finish.
Finally finished up the first two: And just in time as it seems our friends are all having babies at once. So I’m trying some others and practicing on the lathe. The two dumbbell shaped ones below are similar to the above two. Still need to be sanded and finished. I read about painting / staining with food coloring so I think I will try that with the lighter one. I also bought some walnut and birch dowels, cut them and hollowed them out with the router. I then filled th...
So I found some pictures of wooden rattles online and thought I’d try to do something like that. I bought my first lathe last winter and have not put much time into it, I thought these might be good ways to practice tuning. I turned some dowels and then cut them in half with the band saw. Then I used a few different forstner bits to hollow out the ends. Dropped in dried beans and rice and glued them shut then sanded them smooth. This is after two coats of salad bowl finish an...
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