Orange Agate

I made some shot glasses out of this wood before, and finally acquired a piece big enough to do a full wine glass.   This is how it looked before I oiled it.

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And this it what it looks like after the first coat of oil.

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Another new wood

Panga panga! (I like saying the name)  Another dark wood from Africa.  I had originally started a wine glass out of this beautiful wood, only to find that it had begun to split. (sad face)  But I was able to salvage enough of it to make an over-sized shot glass!

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Back to work!

Today I spent some quality time with two woods I haven’t worked with before.  The dark one on the left is called chico zapote and the one on the right is a black and white ebony.  Both of these are smaller than my usual work, given that the woods were trying their best to thwart my efforts, but I am no less happy with the results.  The ebony cup has burned grooves along the stem to compliment the dark black streak in the wood.

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Wind chime

One of my mom’s many wind chimes gave up the ghost several years ago.  The wood was weathered and rotting, and the strings broke.  Dad let me take it home and breathe new life into it.  Merry Christmas mom!

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All together different

A few years ago, I came across a nifty pattern an a wood working magazine for a collapsible basket made on the scroll saw.  I made one, fell in love with it, and drew out a second one.  Both pieces are shelved above my wife’s desk.  I put pictures up at one point or another, because a friend contacted me about making one for him to give to his wife for Christmas.

Attempt number one after blowing the dust off of the scroll saw was… less than favorable.  But after getting back into the groove on that particular tool, I was very happy to have my second cut come out so well.  I found a really beautiful piece of maple for it, and the finished piece I think will make someone very happy this Christmas.

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It’s been a while…

For about a million reasons, I haven’t been working and have seriously neglected my blog.  Apologies for that.

So I was asked by a friend for a piece for a Christmas gift, the only requirements were that it hold a pint, and have captive rings.  He said he would like to see the “hand of the artist” (thanks Greg)  I have never been so stressed and meticulous over a piece before!  He is also an artist, so I was worried about disappointing him.  Silly I know.  Everything I make comes out of my heart and hands, but I still felt a little put on the spot.  You can imagine my relief and satisfaction when the response to the pictures I sent him was “Holy Crap! That’s gorgeous!!!! Yes, yes, YES!” and “You frik’n nailed it!”  (thanks for real, Greg)

So here it is, beautiful maple from my parent’s winter storm debacle.

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The coffee cup is for scale.  (it was a gift)

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Bottle

Decided to try out a small version of a bottle before I went ahead with the idea for a larger size.  I am pretty happy with the way it came together.  So. here it is!

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To keep the opening small, I hollowed it out from the back and cut a disc that fits into the bottom.

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I can get a fair amount of volume in the body with a more elegant opening this way.

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