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Japanese tool box

I probably came across a Japanese tool box in one of my 'research' sessions on the internet. Research sounds so much better than surfing. My carving tools reside in the first one I built from home-centre cedar fence boards. I like the concept because I can do the whole thing with hand tools if I choose and it's traditional to use nails so I don't have to cut complicated joints. Recently someone asked me to make another one for her and I set about the task.

Something different

My first kuksa

As those of you who visit this website know, I’ve been rotten at keeping it current. The truth is that the last thing I want to do when I finish a project is to get out the camera and background set-up and try to take attractive pictures. I’ve decided to try something different and make these articles more about works in progress.

Phone stands

wooden holders for smart phones,NEW

Although I have a computer and a large screen TV I often find myself propping my phone up against the salt and pepper shakers on the table to watch a quick YouTube video. If you know someone who does the same here's a quick gift for them. The phone stands will hold a thinner phone without a case and some of the beefier ones will also support an iPad. The ones above are examples. There are many more to choose from.

In the Kitchen

Are you looking for gifts for one of the cooks in your life? I have a number of spurtles. A spurtle was originally a stir stick for porridge. It's good for stirring sauces, tossing veggies while  a stir-frying or placing over top of a pot of pasta to prevent it from boiling over. Because spurtles are designed to scrape the sides of a pot I make them in right and left handed versions. Spurtles are available in Manitoba maple and walnut.

 

Ribbon Ornaments

star, cat, family, wreath, dragonfly

The ribbon ornaments sold out last year so I've made some more this year.  I have stars, cats (sorry I don't have a pattern for dogs), a dragon fly, wreaths and the holy family. Birds should be ready around the beginning of December.  As they say, watch this space because as I make more objects with gift-giving season in mind, I'll post them here on the website. Ornaments are $10 each.

Wooden-hinge box

Wooden-hinge box

For quite a while I've wanted to make a box with wooden hinges.  I reasearched various ways to make the hinges and the method I chose was to drill the hole for the pin first and then cut out the hinge shape using the scroll saw. This may not be the fastest way to do things but it worked well. Because the box is relatively small, about 4 inches long, I cut the rabbets on the lid panel using a hand plane instead of using the table saw. Preparing the panel took less time than I anticipated and, once again, hand tools allowed me to sneak up on the fit.

Business card stands

One of the goals for this season's Christmas gifts was to use up some of the scrap wood I have been accumulating. These business card stands allowed me to put a small dent in my scrap pile while experimenting with different combinations of wood. The L-shaped teak edges on some of the stands came from failed picture frames for some of last year's gifts. Before that they were part of a large teak sign that Craig Ainsworth inherited from his uncle. I was delighted by Craig's generous gift of such a large piece of teak.

Salt and Pepper shakers and more

It's been a busy summer and fall. I have been working on more spoons and have added salt and pepper sets to the Christmas line-up.  I've also begun to enjoy TrueBuch Kombucha and have made a "Kombucha Kaddy" for myself and another for a friend so we can more easily carry our kombucha bottles.   If someone you know could use a hand-crafted Christmas gift please get in touch.

Whimsy

Sometimes it's fun to just sit down and play with curves on the band saw. This is the result of one such session. It is unfinished and might be a good box for a child to paint. The material is part of a spruce 2X4. Price $10.00

Jatoba and Maple Box

A friend was lucky enough to obtain some jatoba, also called Brazilian Cherry.  He offered me one of the boards and this is the first box I have made from it.  There will be at least one more. it is a gorgeous wood to work with a deep rich colour and for contrast I was able to find a piece of curly maple to use for the bottom. Price $60.00

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