Laser Engraver

Had a play today with a new mini laser that I bought on ebay a while ago. Not a bad little unit for the price. Had a bit of trouble getting the software to work on my laptop, but finally got it going. Paired that with a pen jig that I got from @Benson Pace in Melbourne. Jig works a treat allowing you to engrave on a pen. Had a couple of hiccups trying to get it working ( my problems not the jigs ). Very well manufactured bit of gear and a good set of instructions. Very good value for the price. Anyway had fun burning a couple of Sierra Pens. The caduceus picture I downloaded from the web as an experiment. Will be going to a nurse friend.

Blackwood Bowl

I finished off this bowl a couple of weeks ago and I finally got around to showing it here. It’s made with a hunk of Blackwood that I had picked up somewhere. It’s about 200 mm Dia and 50 mm High. It’s finished with several coats of Ubeaut Aussie Oil. Still need to put a couple more coats of oil on it yet.

Yellowbox Bowls

Well it’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been a bit busy doing things around the house and grabbing shed time when I could.
 
This is a Yellowbox Bowl that I completed in January but haven’t had a chance to post yet. The walls are a bit thick but the wood blank had so many cracks in it that I wasn’t sure it would hold together at all. A liberal application of super glue to the cracks, as they appeared, and several attempts at turning it come up with a shape I was finally happy with. It was finally finished with a “Wipe on Poly” to give it a semi-gloss finish.
 
The big cracks in the bottom could have been filled in with something to make it look a bit better. Maybe next time. I still have another block of this left ( although it’s cracked a bit worse) so I’ll see how it come up later this year.
 
Might have to put this up for sale at the next market to see if I can get anything for it.

Edith’s Step

Recently made up a little step for my Grand Niece so she can reach the kitchen counter. It’s a hack to an Ikea Step Stool with a little enclosed area on top so she doesn’t fall off. The niece is very happy with it and so is Edith. Didn’t turn out too bad.

It was a nice easy project that turned out very nicely in the end and made someone special very happy ( check out those cheeks).

Woodchop Trophies

Just finished up making 36 Trophies for the annual Wandandian Community Woodchop that is taking place next month. They usually give out ribbons but thought they’d do something different this year so asked me if I would make them up some trophies. There are both chopping and sawing events so I made up the trophies to show off the event they were for. If you’re in the area you should drop in a take a look. Also you can drop by my stall and look at the other wooden items that I make.

New Pens

Been a busy week in the shed as I’ve been making up a lot of items for the weekend stalls and a couple of items on commission. I have also been trying some things out and made up a couple of new styles of pens to see how these go with my customers.

The first is a Sierra Style pen but with a click mechanism instead of the twist. It is a very stylish pen but I can only find it in the black and gold.

Sierra Click Pen

The other pen I’ve tried is the Panama Click Pen. This pen comes with a soft rubber tip so that it can also be used as a stylus on phones and tablets. Great when your fingers just won’t work properly on the keyboard.

Panama Click Stylus Pen

Hoping the coming weekend is fine so that I can get to the Huskisson markets and get some sales under my belt. Drop by and see me if you’re in the area.