A Couple of Bowls

I had a bit of time in the shed this week so I thought I’d try my hand at a couple of bowls. A nice learning experience and a bit of a change from pens.
– First bowl is Blackwood (110 x 20 mm). I had a bit of cranky grain on the inside so I tried a Decorating Elf and added a bit of texture.
– The second bowl is a piece of Red Gum sleeper (150 x 45 mm) that I got off a friend.
Both bowls are finished with Ubeaut Aussie Oil.

I’ll have to try and spend a bit more time on bowls so I can upgrade my skills a bit.

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Cotton Spools

Have a friend that goes to a Medieval Fair and wanted me to make up some cotton spools so she could sell them at the fair. These are just made out of pine and left raw (trying to tie into the medieval theme of things)  and have a hole in the middle, with a wooden plug, to store needles in.

Will have to wait until next month to get a report as to how they went. Hope people at the fair like them.

Cheese Board

I made up a Cheese Board, with a knife, for some friends to give as a Christmas present. The wood is Spotted Gum. The board itself is approximately 300 mm x 200 mm and about 40mm thick. The handle of the cheese knife is made from a piece of Walnut (I think). 

I routed some recesses in the end for handles and also routed a small groove for the knife to sit in and inserted a small magnet to hold the knife in place.

For what I heard the recipients were very happy with the present.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone, hope you all had a good break. Sorry it’s been so long since I posted last but the end of the year got a bit busy and I ran out of time. Hope to do much better this year.
Starting off this year by going to the #JBMMmarkets Twilight Markets today (3 – 7 pm). Hopefully it will have cooled off a bit by then. Tomorrow sees us at Berry Markets. If you’re in the area stop in and say Hi.

I did manage to get a few things made before Christmas and hopefully I’ll be posting pics of these in the next couple of days.

Huon Pine Pen Order

Finished off this set of pens for some friends last week. Got the nod today that they had received them. Was a good set of pens to do. The box of three pens is a set of Vertex style pens with a Fountain Pen, Roller Ball and Pencil. All in chrome and Huon Pine. This set was a gift for Pauline Longdon on her becoming a #1 Bestseller for her book “From Depression Darkness to the Light of Life” from her partner Rae Brent. Hope you can use them to write the next bestseller.

The other boxed pen (one of four sets) is a Roman Harvest style Fountain Pen also in Huon Pine. The two dip pens are also in Huon Pine.

The two slimline pens at the front are made with Blackheart Sassafras. I changed out the clips and to add a bit of a personal touch for the new owners.

Hope that they will get many years of enjoyment out of them.

Latest Output

Just got back from a couple of weeks away visiting relatives, and picking up some bits of wood, so I haven’t had anything to post for a while.  Finally got back into the shed last week and I’ve been a bit busy working on some more items to sell at the markets.

First off I did up some Ice Cream Scoops. These are quite heavy, and the scoops are very well made. I have yet to try one out but I’m pretty sure that will be done before the end of the week.

Ice Cream Scoop

I also did up some Coffee Scoops. These look quite nice. The scoop hold one tablespoon of coffee for easy measuring.

Coffee Scoop

Lastly I did up some Fire Starters. These are a rod of magnesium with a flint mounted in it. You use the attached scraper to file off some of the metal, then use it to scrape the flint to get sparks that will light the magnesium. Great for when you are camping. They even come with a small compass in the end of the handle.

Fire Starter

I’m also working on a couple of other project and hope to have them finished off soon. When I do you can expect another post.

 

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.