You have to get down low to talk to little people or to play with them……… I had a few pieces of birch that were too short for pins so turned a couple of bright crickets……. Tho we only … Continue reading →
Today I had to mill, dress and sand BirdsEye Maple for another run of Acorn Hangers, I am almost sold out[again]….Tomorrow I will turn the acorns for them on the big white oneway lathe…… The Acorn is dear to my … Continue reading →
I love Shaker inspired things….I started making Shaker pieces as projects when I was at woodworking school, starting with a wonderful bench……I have made sets of these tables almost every year since I opened my studio….. Made from measured drawings … Continue reading →
A wonderful warm day in PEI…. this afternoon I took the camera out to get some shots of the new things in my shop..Just finished and looking for a forever home is a large Great Blue Heron………. A few serving … Continue reading →
A few odd pieces of the Ancient Kauri left over from the large dining table….. I am a big fan of side tables, a huge fan of leaving a live edge and LOVE to use up leftover wood……being limited in … Continue reading →
Oh yes…I love the honeybee…for the work she does pollinating flowers to give us food, the golden honey I adore and the beeswax that goes on much of my work.They are fascinating to watch, their world is so cool, we … Continue reading →
Yesterday was World Ocean Day so to celebrate this as all good Islanders should I took a big old piece of willow and carved a whale… I tried to finish it in one day but it is a big job….The … Continue reading →
A big plank of felled elm, we lose so many here… age, dutch elm disease, most go to landfill [a big beef I have, so much history, such wonderful wood, such a shame]…… Bill Best, a large animal vet rescued this one from a cemetery in town, it took a big crane to load the huge tree trunk unto his tractor & trailer so he could take it to the mill. His wonderful wife Mary has been planting young Elms on their farms hedge rows to be sure there are still some elms around in the future, she has planted 100′s, no mean feat with a shovel [did I mention I admire these people, both busy professionals]…they took this big plank from Bill’s ‘tree rescue’ to me wanting a rustic coffee table made from it.Hmmmmm ….. I had to think on this one, I wanted only to use the plank, nothing more, had to be 48-50 inches long.
Oh what to do…what to do, Will I leave the bark on ???? The ‘old boys’ say it will stay on depending on what phase the moon is in when it is cut…this bark didn’t want to come off & I like the dark on the outside of the light sapwood so it remained.
Here it is letting the glue dry in the mortise & tenons, joining the base ‘legs’ [that were cut from each end and shaped] to the top. I will put some braces on it just to be sure the joints stay strong because it is going in their log clubhouse for the new disc golf course they and their family are building. The old log ‘church’ was also salvaged by the Best’s, transported and rebuilt.And here is the big ‘Reveal’ today after the first coat of oil was flooded unto the surface….The wood is beautiful, a lovely tawny color with gorgeous figure where the tree had branches growing from it.
Now I will keep my fingers crossed that it makes the Best’s smile …….
So very pleased that the weather allows outdoor picture taking these days.
So have any of you ever played ‘disc golf’, this will be our first course on PEI.
to greet you when you come home….this is the third in a series of ‘Porch Dawgs’ that I have laughed myself into making..wonderful to sit on to tie your shoes..I think the next will be a beaver, then maybe a cat…
he is carved from butternut, with turned paws and a little walnut tongue and belly….
See I have a sense of humor.
The little fellow will be leaving this week to hang out in the house with the Kauri table I posted earlier.
The shop is dusty, finish is drying, like working in a madhouse…..I LOVE making stools & benches, this is just finished, will go in my studio waiting for a behind to “sit and fit”. I can’t begin to count the Windsor stools I have made……..
Turned from solid black walnut, the legs are wedged through the seat that has been turned to a dish shape..perfect for settling in………
This black one below is my 3 legged ‘shop stool’………have spent many hours settled in to this one….fits perfect !!
A nice cherry, the wood just gets lovelier with age…
Find a stool that fits..one for your height & your size.