It’s been a loooooooooooooooong time since I posted anything. Life has been rather busy. I’ve barely had time for woodworking but I’m starting to get back into the shop. I just finished this little wedding cabinet for some friends who are getting hitched this weekend. A small little place to keep mementos. I attached old letterpress letters on the front - “J” and “G” for the couple’s initials. Ash and cherry. As always, North American species rock.
INTERPOL’s first international operation targeting large-scale illegal logging and forest crimes.
Little video from Fine WoodWorking on where ebony comes from. Yet one more example of unsustainably harvested exotic woods.
The pith always splits. (Taken with instagram)
This is the most incredible Staghorn Sumac I have ever seen. And one of the biggest. Sumac wood is some of the most striking and beautiful wood going but because it doesn’t grow big enough to be a viable woodworking wood, you never see it. (Taken with instagram)
I work really close to The Art Gallery of Ontario so I often go there on my lunch hour and ogle me some beauty. They have the BEST stuff in the gift shop. I just picked up this nifty notebook with graph paper and a pencil tucked inside courtesy of a super-awesome, pencil shaped die cut. If there has ever been a better scribbler for a woodworker, I will…not finish this sentence because there hasn’t. No way.
(I’ve been coming across a lot of really wonderful, helpful quotes that all seem to involve doors. I think it’s time I made a door.)
Couple of other pics. I’m going to put together a sort of before-and-after posting but in the meantime, thought I’d mention that this table is made out of an old chair I found in the garbage. Windsor-style chair is pine, rails and legs are cherry; truly one of the most beautiful wood species in the world.
Finished. That was some of the most fun I’ve had making something. I am really happy with how it turned out. (Taken with instagram)
Ohhh garbage chair got a makeover! (Taken with instagram). Just making sure it all goes together properly before the glue-up (which is always a nerve wracking adventure). After that, just have to slap on some Watco, maybe a more durable varnish for the top, and holy ta-da! I’m very excited about how this project has turned out. If I had a fireplace, I’d still have quite a few lovely pieces of “learning experiences” to burn, but all-in-all, I’m quite chuffed.
Update on the “garbage chair” that I’m transforming into a table: I used dowels to join the back rail between back of the chair because it was already fixed in place. Dowels are cherry as they will be visible and look lovely against the green milk paint. You can’t actually see the back rail, but you can see the side rails temporarily in place. Getting there…
It’s been such a non-winter that I’ve been thinking about getting my CB550 out of storage. Actually, wondering why I put it away in the first place. I could have rode it to work the other day for sure - it was so spring-like! What does this have to do with woodworking? Nothing. At the moment. But I’m going to be getting a new kitty in the spring and I want to build/attach a wooden carrier to the back of my bike for my motorkitty. I don’t have a car and it’s a real pain taking pets on public transit to get to the vet. So, if anyone has any ideas or pics of what kind of pet carriers people have constructed for their bikes, lemme know! I could always just put one of those modern plastic bubbles on the back and drill some air-holes but how is that sexy, being not wood and all.
A pine lampshade!
Watch a true craftsman turn (literally) a slab of pine into a lampshade.
If you’ve ever done a turning operation, you will appreciate just how terrifying that spinning stump is. The wrong angle, a knot, a chip in the blade and BAM… you’ve lost the tool, a finger, an eye, a favored pet or all of the above. Kudos to this guy.
Windsor chairs by Chris Harter in Madison, NY. Stunning craftsmanship and look at his mastery of milk paint! I am so crazy for this guy’s work that it has inspired more than a few lottery ticket buying binges. Must own. Must own…