Category Woodworking

Box Building and Wood Burning

My Japanese inspired strong box project is on hold for now. In its place is a series of smaller, simpler containers made for the purpose of  building up my box making skills and giving me a chance to experiment with some new techniques. I never want to admit that a project is outside the range […]

Barn Wood Funiture

Admittedly I’m not good at keeping up with my blog, but keep in mind that anything that is a distraction from time spent in the shop is noise I don’t want to deal with. At the same time it’s fun to share what I do with the world. For now I have delayed the strong […]

Strongbox Replica

Like a joke with out a punch line what good is a woodworking bench with out a vice? Nothing. The ghetto workshop took a hit this week. My bench vice striped out. It was a discontinued, and-now-I-know-why, cheapest thing I could get model. It couldn’t hold up to the clamping power  needed for chiseling out […]

Marketing, the bane of my existence or a necessary evil in a capitalist society.

I’m happiest in the wood shop, sharpening, planning, cutting, carving and even spending an hour this morning scraping the resin off my table saw blade arm deep in pitch remover. I am not happiest however spending any amount of time in front of the computer trying to market my wares for sale and profit. I […]

How I Carve A Spoon Part 3

Part three is the exciting conclusion of this series on spoon carving—the finishing process. There are three kinds of woodworkers—those who don’t have a card scrap, those who have a scrape and think they know how to use it, and those who have a scrape and know how to use it.  I know this because I have been all […]

How I Carve A Spoon Part 2

In this week’s installment of the spoon carving picture narrative, we will look at the tools and methods I use to transform the initial chunky wooden block into a spoon with some sex appeal. Remember it’s all about curves, and a successful transition between the thick and thin parts is what makes the spoon interesting […]

How I Carve A Spoon Part 1

There are a lot of different ways to carve a spoon. The methods I use are determined by the desired forms I’m looking for, my knowledge of woodworking, and what tools I have available to me. I try to use as many human powered tools as I can, but sometimes resort to using power tools, […]