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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.

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.

 

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.

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