Thursday, December 8, 2011

Weedpot ~ Showing Off Here and Shipping There

There she be all waxed, polished, and ready to ship.
The request was for Approximately 12" x 4", but that
was not to be. Because of cracks and the starting size,
I ended up with 8 1/2" x 3". Enjoy Mr. and Mrs.

This is a great medium for keeping customers up to
date on an order. This, also, will be a great place to
show the recipient how it was made.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Weedpot ~ Day Two

I chased that crack and lost it. I was able to get
to the point where I finished it. So all that is left
to do today shear it of of its base, sign it, and then
wax it.

 A little closer to the final shape.
 And here is the final shape with the stem and foot on the bottom.
 This photo shows the final sanding just before I add finish.
Here it is with the finish applied. I use Tung Oil
on these. It will sit over night and dry in the warm
house. The next day it will be sheared off of the
stem and then signed, buffed, and waxed.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weedpot ... Not That Kind of Weed

I thought I would show you and a couple of friends
the progress of their order. A weedpot is actually for
dried flowers. It has a hole drilled into the top to accept
the dried flowers or a test tube for a single green flower.
 I started with a blank 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" x 13"
 It this point I've just knocked off the corners.
 I have now turned it completely round.
 This is what my arm looks like after a short while.
This could be a problem. The wood (Walnut) I had on hand
was a little greener than I thought. These cracks are a result
of moisture in the wood that dries out. So now I get to chase
the crack. Which means I turn the piece until the crack is
gone. When I drilled the hole water was on the drill bit when
I finished. I might have to glue up dry pieces I have on hand
and start again. I'll know later today. I thought I would let
it be last night to allow it to do what it will. Now it's back
out there to gitter done. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It Only Took 32 Years

That is one of two garage doors. The doors are
constructed of sheet metal. I finally insulated
the darn things. When you live in an area that
can see over night temperatures as low as -20
degrees, it's down right silly to wait 32 years to
insulate. Oh well, no door shall be insulated
before it's time.

So far it has made a difference close to 10 degrees
warmer in the shop.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Small Ring Boxes Revisited

I'm still learning the ways of the internet. Our web
site gets very little traffic, but this blog is receiving
quite a bit of traffic. I'm changing that with the help
of our new web host. It seems Google doesn't like
the JavaScript that Apple iWeb uses When the
Google Bot comes a crawling. 

So when someone is looking for "Small Ring Boxes"
this blog gets noticed first. It's Google powered you
know. I've gotten a couple of sales from people
finding this blog, then linking to our site via the right

This post is to show a group of Small Ring Boxes.
Click to inbiggen.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Something Simple

Here is a bunch of the most inexpensive items I make.
These are business card holders and they sell for $7.00.
These are another thing I make using scraps from other
projects. This is done because when I go to the wood
store, I go with an ounce of gold and my first born. In
other words, wood is expensive.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day Two at Northstar


These are photos of area.
I'm still trying this iPhone posting.

Posted using BlogPress
from my iPhone

The quality of the photos really sucks.

Friday, September 2, 2011

This is a Test of an iPhone Post

This is our last show of the year. We are at the fancy ski 
resort of Northstar. Here's a few photos of the show.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
Then it was doctored by me at home.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Look At Tahoe City

Below are a few shots of what we had to look
at all weekend. It's tough duty, but somebody
had to do it.

This photo was taken using a panorama
photo app on the iPhone. (Click to Embiggen)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Something New

The Lint half (Sue) of Dust'n Lint has a new line.
Not only is she an expert quilter, she now has a
new line of purses. Here are a few pictured below.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

As Promised ... Finished Small Ring Box

Well I started with 80 of these little guys, but the handwriting
was on the wall. If I was to try and finish them all they wouldn't
be done by the first show which was last weekend. A few days
before crunch time, I was able finish 20 of the 80, and to the
first show in Kings Beach they went.
 Here's the 60 that weren't finished
 Here are the 20 that were finished
Here's a close-up of the finished Small Ring Box
Zebra Wood in the middle and Purple Heart on the sides.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Band Saw Update . . . .

Well we left off with me explaining how after all
of the fan fare I realized there were two sizes for
this saw. The saw in the previous post had a
cutting capacity of only 3 5/8" (from the table to
the guides above). It seems I was looking at one
and the store owner and I were ordering the other.
The one I wanted had a 4 5/8" cutting capacity.

After reordering the right size and installing the
table (yes Christopher) on the new one, it's time
to go to work. Pictured below is the saw. Also
below is a teeny, tiny box I make. This is what
I had in mind when I bought the saw.
The new band saw above, and below
the smallest box I make . . . "The Small Ring Box."

This has been rough sanded. Next is to final sand to 400 grit
and apply the Tung Oil finish. Then it will be waxed 
to a mirror finish. We'll have to show that the next time around.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Have You Ever Wondered ?

Where babies come from ... well not if you're
my age.  What a miracle reproduction of life is.
In Jr. college I had a zoology teacher that used
to demonstrate how amazing it was by telling
how great it would be to park your Chevy in
the garage at night. In the morning go out to
that garage and be surprised by a new Corvette
parked next to it's parent the Chevy.

Well, what's this leading to? Check out what
my band saw did. 

Oh OK, I got this baby band saw to take care of
some of the real small stuff I make. That big band
saw was just to much work when it was time to
change blades from 3/4" wide to 1/8" wide. Plus
those damn blades cost $27.00 for the big saw, 
and &11.00 for the small. I go through about
three a year. The new saw was $200.00, so in 
about four years it will pay for itself.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy in Snow Country

I haven't forgotten you out there. I've been shoveling
snow almost everyday for about a month. It's gotten
to the point where there is almost no place to put it.

My inventory is going to suffer I'm sure, but I'm
going to do my best for the shows that start at the
end of June. Our Schedule for 2011 is posted at
our web site. Please get over there and take a look.
The address is to the right.

Here's some photos of what I've been up to ...
 Here's the back of the house and deck. The metal roof has no place to slide.
I'm shoveling the snow away from the roof so it can slide.
The edge of the roof is about 12 feet from the ground.
My truck looks dwarfed in the driveway. 
See what I mean by there being no place to put the snow.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Our Daughter In Law Kat's Art Show

This is a shameless plug for our Daughter in Law Kat.
Click HERE to go to her Web Site, "Uberella".

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Quick Look At Bowl Turning

I was in a hurry to make this and I'm afraid it shows.
I'll probably redo it down the road. 

This is a very general over view of the process I go
through when I make a bowl.

I keep referring to an "Endplate" in the video. The proper
name is "Faceplate". The name "Endplate" is left over
from my telephone company days, and it has to do
with a splice case ... oh well.