Friday, July 4, 2014

My new chair





A while ago, I came across a photo of a beautiful carved French wing chair, I fell in love. I knew I had to make it or one like it. After research, I made a scale drawing. This is totally scratch built. It is all hand carved cherry wood.


I carved the legs and front panel first, then the sides. In this picture above, I used thin basswood for the sides. I cut a channel in the arms/wings to accept the basswood.


The seat for under the cushion is basswood carved to fit into the frame. The back of the chair is also carved basswood, forming the "S" shaped back. Then after the whole thing was carved and assembled, I cut cardboard sections for the upholstery.


The cushion is not wood, but a real cushion I made then upholstered. To make the trim, I used my cordless screwdriver. After picking a beautiful light pink to match the flowers, from my embroidery kit, I chucked a flat-blade bit into the screwdriver and taped one end of one strand of the thread to one side of the bit, then the other end to the other side of the bit. Then I just let the screwdriver do the twisting :)








Thursday, June 26, 2014

Making lamps


I've been enjoying making lamps lately. Here are a couple more. This first one is a marble base floor lamp. I turned everything from brass. The base is carved wood painted gold to simulate a casting like the one I found in mom's attic :)  The "marble" is turned from Italian Evergreen soapstone.


 I turned the lampshade from acrylic. I turned and threaded the little knurled screw to hold the shade in. The lamp is adjustable for height with another knurled, turned and threaded screw.


This is the lamp lit:


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Here's a little table lamp. Turned from brass, the shade and base turned acrylic.


And here it is lit:


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Lemon tree update



He's outside now, he seems to like it. Some beautiful marigolds are keeping him company.











Sunday, May 11, 2014

"Bronze" statue lamp is hand carved wood


I really wanted to carve a statue lamp. I was looking at pictures when it dawned on me, right in my bedroom on the nightstand it the most wonderful special lamp of all! It was my grandfather's lamp. It came from the Worlds Fair in the early 30's. What better a subject to carve :)


Here she is in my hand. It was alot of fun, and equally fun was turning the lamp fixture from brass and aging it. I even turned the tiny screw that holds the lamp shade in place and threaded it. The corresponding hole is also threaded. This lamp is fully functional. It was nerve wracking to drill through it for the cord! But I managed to get it done.


Here is the side view detail. The inset shows her lighted. I carved her from Jelutong. Then I applied a dark brown oil paint. I  used oil paint because the finger gilding top layer was oil base. I used gold and bronze .


I made this roombox (well, two walls) for photography purposes, here is the lamp in the setting. It is completely scratch built. I made the fireplace section by section.. I cut all the molding strips
 Here is the roombox:


The floor is solid cherry. I ate cherries from this tree! When it was cut down I brought the log home, dried it and milled down little boards. It has perfect in scale grain and knots. 







Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hand carved dogs

These were recent commissions, from the owner's photos. A Boston terrier and a Boston puppy, and a Corgi. They are hand carved hand painted wood.



And a close up of the carved paw pads, there are of course toenails too.


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Lemon Tree


He's getting there ....  slowly......



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The new Time Machine


I was commissioned to make another Time Machine. I have learned and grown a lot, and also purchased some different materials for this adventure, and adventure it was!


Some in progress shots. Here is the box laying on my home made magnet jig. And a little can of Humbrol oil paint. This paint is awesome.



It took months to complete this project. But heck, towards the end, I was snowed in anyhow :)



The little time machine required lots of soldering of tiny hand made parts. Scary! I had much fun turning brass, including my own turned brass pins. 



The box is all hand painted.




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UPDATE 
on the little lemon tree:


This little guy is definitely not in any hurry to grow up! It's a slow go, but he's working on his second set of leaves.













Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kitten drawing


I bought a set of watercolor pencils and even though I did not use them with water for this drawing, I just wanted to see what they were all about. Next time I can use them in a whole different way. For this kitten I just wanted to draw with them as colored pencils.


This is the size. He is a thank you gift for a friend.

*UPDATE*

Here is an update on my little lemon tree:


He's got his first leaves :)




Friday, December 6, 2013

Oh happy day!



I have been trying for two months to sprout a lemon tree from a seed. My grandfather grew them, and I saw this posting on how to do it, so I went and bought a lemon.....It didn't have any seeds! I thought...... monsanto.......yeah yeah.....I could not find an organic lemon, bought another one and it had a seed in it! Oh joy.....one seed......what are the odds...... well it got to the point where I didn't even bother to turn the grow light on any more. (I know.....a watched pot...) Tonight just for the heck of it, I looked in the pot (it said to put a plastic breathable cover on it like a little greenhouse, I couldn't see through it) and......

LOOK!!!! There he is :) :) I had totally given up.



A little sproutling!!!!! I could not believe my eyes!!!
Off to bed now, a happy new mama!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I'm on a table roll!


I had so much fun doing the English tea table that I was inspired to do another table. I love the cabriole legs and I knew that French tables have a similar shape. I really can't say this is a French table because I was not copying anything. What I really need are good photos of a French table from all angles to make a copy in  miniature. 



This is a whole new type of carving for me and I am really enjoying the experience.
This table is hand carved from cherry wood.



This table is up on ebay: