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Wednesday 23 November 2011

Treasure Chest

I finished another small chest complete with my new favourite wooden hinges. This little chest used up the last of the spalted beech boards , some bits of apple wood were shaped into hinges. Here it is all dull and dusty, then oiled up showing off the wild grain pattern this is a place to store lifes little treasures:)

Saturday 19 November 2011

Looking For A Stable

On the last post I had started some hobby horses . Over the past couple of days I finished them off ,here they are ready to find a little stable to call home.
I also selected some Rowan(mountain ash) to use for legs , on the spalted beech stool top that I shaped in the previous post. I figured out the angle for the legs by eye, then set up a sliding bevel for a reference for boring the holes. Once I was happy with them I then marked them, and cut a slot in each leg for a wedge. Which tightens the joint along with the glue when you tap the leg in place. After a dry run I pondered a bit and decided to add some random bracing , this is scribed to fit the legs with my spoon carving knife. Here it is so far:)

Friday 11 November 2011

Three Horses And Tools For Jon

I managed to get into the shed this afternoon ,I started cutting out three heads for hobby horses. Then they got tidied up and a little detail carved into them  .All they need now is a darker coloured timber plug for their eyes along with some nice reins and some little rough riders to find them on Christmas morning. A chunk of spalted Beech was pulled out of the pile and  I started  shaping this for a stool top as I was there anyway and the chunk needed to be something you know how it goes. Jon here are the tools you asked about, here's what I use for making spoons and bowls,I hope this helps:)

Thursday 10 November 2011


The Canadian Forestry Battalion was mentioned today on a blog that I follow. Remember all the forces in the past and present that gave and give us what we have today. Here are the cap badges of two timber regiments stationed in Scotland, to provide timber for the frontline :)

Sunday 6 November 2011

Check The Depth

With Christmas around the corner I was out in the shed a bit making some gifts. I finished off the cedar bowl,and started another along with working on a second spalted beech chest a bit smaller than the first this time. Here's how they are coming along, checking the depth of the bowl as its all to easy to get carried away with nice sharp tools. Only to find your bowl with a view through its base.