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Blog series by scottb updated 02-23-2008 08:55 PM 5 parts 4631 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: artisan household

12-30-2006 07:13 AM by scottb | 3 comments »

Back in my lumberjocks interview, I mentioned one of my lifelong goals was to fill the house with useful items made by myself, as well as other artists and artisans. (while paring down all the cheaply made, hand-me-down, and mass manufactured items) Here’s a quick first look at how things have been shaping up over the past several years. My wifes cousin, Tim made these pottery bowls as a wedding gift, even stamped them with his own chop (signature) before firing and glazing. T...

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Part 2: more from the artisan kitchen

01-01-2007 02:42 AM by scottb | 2 comments »

The two spurtles I made last fall in a woodturning class. The top one is oak the bottom is cherry. Both are finished with walnut oil, and so far remain unused. I’ve only seen Alton Brown over on the Food Network use one to make oatmeal, or perhaps it was haggis. I just don’t seem to make enough of either to neccessitate two spurtles! The turner, my brother-in-law liberated from a broken cutting board. Maple. I posted this entry pretty much verbatim over at wordpress (oh ...

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Part 3: two more for the kitchen

03-17-2007 06:11 PM by scottb | 10 comments »

Now I have a pair of tongs and a pair of spurtles right next to the stove. Why do I seem to be making my own tools in pairs? At least I think I’ll get more use out of the tongs than the (so far unused) spurtles. At least they were educational when I was learning how to turn them! I won’t stop at two tongs though. I have a pair of whisk style tongs with plastic handles that have broken. I should be able to epoxy the business end of the tool into a matching oak handle. The...

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Part 4: a triptych of balloons

01-25-2008 04:47 AM by scottb | 9 comments »

Continuing the theme of filling my house (and those of my loved ones) with art and pieces of functional beauty…. January has us thinking about resolutions, promises and time gone by… (which is another blog theme in itself) I painted these for my mom (who loves balloons) back in the summer of 1997, and I gave them to her for Christmas that year. The landscape is a hay field in upstate Vermont (south of Burlington) the three images represent day, evening and night in the style...

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Part 5: stoobles for two

02-23-2008 08:55 PM by scottb | 8 comments »

When I met my wife-to-be, I noticed her parents had some side and coffee tables made out of small and rather large stumps – all made by my future Father-in-law, via chainsaw. The biggest, about 2.5 feet in diameter was cracked and the top was very far from level – impossible to play a board game on, dangerous for a beverage, and I thought them (and how my my future in-laws liked them so strongly) a little weird. Not that I’d ever said anything contrarian about them – y...

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