Sunday, October 19, 2014

My vacation

That's right, it's Kilmouski! A more gorgeous sweet cat I've never met :) 
He is also incredibly smart and so much fun!

I'll start off by saying I haven't been away anywhere since 1978. A trip was long overdue, and I can't think of a better vacation than going to visit dear friend and fellow blogger Catherine.  Wow it was almost a 12 hour drive! But I was just fine because I took a box full of my favorite music and just jammed the whole way! It was actually fun, grueling but fun.

The trip to Repair Days at the National Ornamental Metals Museum was very interesting. 

We got to watch molten iron poured into molds. Here is a picture:

Not a bad pic for a crummy little cell phone. I had forgotten my good camera that day, oh well...

Catherine seems to have picked up a hitch-hiker haha!

The neighborhood where she lives is situated around a beautiful private lake. I took these pictures:

Same shot zoomed in:

It was a very nice trip. Thank you to Catherine and Kilmouski for the wonderful hospitality :)

And then another 12 hours back home...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I made this Gray Longhair cat. He is hand carved, hand painted, then the fur is applied. He is very life like, I had fun with it. It is on ebay till this Sunday night (Oct. 5th)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A recent commission

Someone is making an Insane Asylum circa 1920. They commissioned me to make these items. The skull is hand carved wood (jelutong) with brass mountings and a turned cherry base. 

The apothecary case is made of cherry. I turned all knobs and made the handle. 

I had a lot of fun making all the jars. They are turned from acrylic with removable lids and stoppers. I also made a couple tiny corks and turned wood stoppers. The mortar and pestle are turned cherry.

This is the sign I made. Following are the pictures of her idea and what she gave me to work from. This is my interpretation of it all:

This is what she gave me to work from.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Mom at the zoo

My mom got to the Columbus (Ohio) zoo yesterday! She is 91 years old. She loves giraffes. Here she is feeding one. How fun! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

wonderful work helpers

I know nobody wants to hear about tools, but since making tools and jigs is a passion of mine, I'm going to go ahead with this post. Humor me! I recently acquired an entire set of Popular Mechanics do-it-yourself encyclopedias (plus 3 yearbooks) all for $5.00! I was giddy, and reading them is a lot of fun. Mixed in with all the alphabetized topics of DIY stuff are pages of tips, tricks and jigs. The two I am addressing here were under B -bandsaw and D -drill press, they had their own sections as do most all tools. There I found these awesome accessories. 

This helpful jig I just had to try is a drill press hold-down. It is just what I needed, as getting clamps on drill press tables is many times an exercise in futility.....Here are the plans.

I knew it was too big for my little drill press. But do a whole bunch of math to reduce it? Heck no! In the '70's when these books were written, you could not just go upstairs to your computer, scan/copy/paste the section you need and tell your printer to print it at 5 inches! HA instant reduced patterns.

The hold down works well and when not in use, it just swings out of the way. 

The second handy helper is a cam action band saw fence . Here you can see the spring, the handle is shaped to apply the pressure. It does not adjust for blade drift, but it holds good!

Tomorrow I will do a miniatures post :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The lamp kick continues!

I am having so much fun making lamps! These are the new ones, 1:12 scale.

The first two I put a patina. I turned the brass on all three, and turned the shade on the first one from acrylic. The second shade was found in my stash, I had to carefully drill a hole in it. I painted the floral shade. And the base on it is hand carved cherry.

These two I made everything but the chimneys. Again, turned brass and acrylic, hand carved cherry base on the right. And they all are electrified.

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:


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

And here it is lit:


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.