Now that my Epic Project of Epicness has been completed, it is time to focus on things of a more every day nature. I decided to start a blog just for it, since people seem to like what happens in my not-so-typical workshop. :)
I have three main veins of projects underway presently:
2. Normal Products
I’ll start with the magnets. I am taking the massive quantities of maple that I have and turning them into a bunch of magnets. They are little blocks roughly 2” square that I carve with whatever design feels fun that day. You can see examples in my store. —It’s pretty easy and a great fundraiser. I’m also doing a bunch of them for the Etsy crowd, with more feminine designs such as a series of flowers, trees, stars, hearts, etc. I’m also doing a bunch of alphabets- it’ll be cool. People love them, and they’re very easy to do, so everybody wins.
If you have any suggestions for things you’d like to see on a magnet let me know! :) If I like your idea I’ll send you a magnet with that idea on it.. ;)
The next category up is, since we’re working backwards on my list, “Normal Products”. I do a lot of engraved wall hangings. Sometimes these are just art (like a nameplate, or just a picture, kind of like hanging up a woodcut) and sometimes they are more functional. I make a lot of clocks- and people love my clocks! I also like making keychain holders. So I’ve been researching ideas for designs.
I want to get into making picture frames but they have me nervous. Jointery is not my finest point and I’m trying to come up with some designs that would look good. I want to engrave the frames, but also mitre the edges so they look clean. Not sure how to go about this unless I stick to engraving just towards the middle. Any ideas? Or suggestions on different joints too I suppose.
I’m also thinking of doing some stand-up crosses. I think they could look really pretty.
I decided to have a colour scheme that I will be sticking to for this “season”, which is going to be: Natural (wood), Red, Pink, Teal and Gunmetal. Things will be some combination of those, usually with just one colour accent but occasionally two.
And last- CHRISTMAS. I’m already fretting because I’m behind schedule on this one but oh well, I’ll just start busting out ideas. :) I have basic designs in place for: Some little trees (think table-top), ornaments, a wreath, candle-stick holder, advent calendar and door sign. What other things would make sense for Christmas? I’m drawing some blanks.
I’m still messing around with the colour scheme for Christmas but I’m actually considering staying towards my “main” colour scheme and lean with the red and teal. I prefer something more modern rather than the more traditional colours and my work is extremely modern anyway.