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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.


Fish Bandsaw Box


Heart and initials

This box, again made from poplar, was made at the same time as the turtle and I think I sold it to the same person. (sold)

Turtle Box


This box. made from poplar is one of my favourites and I was very pleased when a friend bought it for her daughter. (sold)

Pencil Boxes

Heart and initials

These boxes are made of a variety of woods, roasted maple, fir and poplar to name a few.  The boxes were made as parting gifts for my colleagues in the English department when I retired. Teachers can always use pencil holders.

Poplar Drawer Box


This box is one of the early bandsawn boxes made from poplar. (sold)

Door Harp #5

A freeform, bird-shaped, door harp.

Centuries ago the Chinese used chimes around doors and windows to attract good luck and repel bad. About 700 years ago the Swedish began using an instrument with strings and beads to repel evil spirits. The Scandinavian door harp was hung inside the door, as is this harp, to welcome guests with its soft sounds as the door opened and closed.

The bird design came from a piece of scrap when I was experimenting with box designs. I've modified it several times until I really like it - think of it singing you home. Too bad our parrots don't make as pleasant a sound!

Cutting Board and Cheese Spreader

Cutting board and poplar cheese spreader.

This little chopping board (or cheese board) is made entirely from bits that were left over from a series of boxes I made in the spring. The walnut is still from the headboard and footboard of my parents' bed, so this is its third life.  The cherry and maple were bought specifically for the boxes. The spreader for soft cheese came from a piece of ash that was an off-cut from Richard's project to repair the bird gym after Odie chewed through it. Richard was going to toss the thin piece when he turned to me and said, “Can you use this?”  I took it and it has become the cheese spreader.

Chopsticks and Rests

Six poplar chopsticks and walnut rests

This gift has saved numerous bits of wood from the fire pit. The chopsticks are made from poplar, the wood I use most often, so there are always lots of scraps. The chopstick rests are made of off-cuts from a series of boxes that I made in the spring. The walnut originally came from the headboard of my parents' bed. During storage, a leak in the attic damaged the wood so the headboard was not saleable. This is the third incarnation of the walnut.

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