I should be completeing this cane in the next day or two, but it is pretty much completed for all practical purposes. I did manage to cobble together a short video showing some additional texturing techniques that I used to finish off the woodburning. I put a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits on it to “yellow” it a little bit. And I have got the handle epoxied to the shaft using the pipe clamp jig in the video. I’ll brush it offf good and put on a cou...
I got a plan for a scoop that is chip carved in a carving magazine called hand carved Christmas gifts Volume 2 this is the start of the whole carving process. These PICs are the rought out that I have started. This is my 3rd carving ever and it is my very 1st from scratch. Lets hope we all learn something from ths.The wood is basswood 1 inch thick by 1 3/4 inches wide by 4 inches longI will post more as I start carvingP.S This one is for you RiverGirl traced the pattern on to the wood u...
In the process of makeing a router plane. Check it out on my blog at the Red Dirt Wood Shop.
Looking at my upper barn door that I made a couple years ago gave me the inspiration for a mirror. I used plexiglass in the door but will use a 12” square mirror (only $2 at our Dollar Store) for this project. For the wood I’m using old barn board that actually came from this barn when I redid the upper loft section a few years ago. Of course my husband thought I was nuts to keep the wood, but it had character and was 1” thick, so I stacked it up in the loft to await...
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin…(1809 -1948) English Naturalist Sometimes as woodworkers we face a variety of situations that require some versatility and a little thought. This occurred to me one day while making wood inlay bandings in the woodworking shop. There are times that I feel quite comfortable making crosscuts on the 10 inch table saw using one of my cross cut sleds. Howe...
Xee is the third in the series of my EZ mitred boxes. There are one or two wrinkles to this one so I’m blogging those bits here. Firstly in order to achieve continuity of pattern over the whole box it was essential to make this a veneered box. Until such time as they come up with a zero kerf sawblade or a knife that can cut through several millimetres of wood the seperation cut for the box top causes an unacceptable step in the pattern if solid wood were used. The veneer at 0.6mm is ...
Once I have the main forms roughed in, the fun begins with doing the details. This is my favorite part, since things really start to look good, to come into focus. Ususally, this part also goes pretty quick, in part because I think I get so involved with it that I ignore everything else and just zoom right through it. And since it is the fun part, sometimes carvers like to get right to this part instead of doing all of the important things that lead up to it. It is real important to block ...
I really would like to say the biggest THANKYOU to Jordan who must have went through a lot do post this shoe challenge online for us to learn sooooooo very much from. From all the great photos (except maybe the last one because his camera had had enough!), his description of what to do and how to go about it to his jovial pleasant manner. It is my only regret that I just cant give him a great big hug, so this will have to suffice!He is a great teacher to actually get all of us to complete a c...
I like some of the beautiful gunstocks that I have seen and I like incorporating some of those carved elements in some canes that I do. These designs seem to work well in canes for both men and women, depending on how they are done. You can get patterns from leather working books and I have seen some canes carved using a pattern for a belt that was simply spiraled around the cane. You can trace leaves from your backyard and then use a copier to resize them to fit your cane, but I just draw mi...
Ok, I’m back… Had a bit of an issue with the bending iron. It seems it is rather delicate and putting it on high (10) is a no no. It’s a Watlow ‘Firerod’ embedded in the aluminum tower. The current flow at 10 apparently burns out the element? It requires about an hour to get to bending temperature – and had I read the sheet that it came with… It was repaired free of charge and henceforth I will be careful to mind the dial! Nothing past 5 from no...
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