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  1. International Keychains

    This project originated from two sources. A garage sale find and internet orders. The first and second pics are the result. Finished keychains, destined for a new friend of mine in Mumbai, India and Sarasota, FL. The next two are of a piece of 50-60s vintage, solid maple bedstand. It was...
  2. Keychains for Lovers

    Two names are carved in one of the 19+ fine woods I stock, Minitag style, and then pressure bonded atop each other. The woods pictured are (in order) Cocobolo, Cumaru, Maple and Red Oak. Other woods to follow. The ♥ is carved adjacent to the name that I feel will balance the piece, and is...
  3. Earrings Galore

    I can't bring myself to toss interesting cut-offs away. I have found a way to use them up. EARRINGS! Wooden jewelry is HOT right now. These wooden gems are fun to make and lightweight and comfortable to wear. The above photos are in Paduak, Manzanita, Gaboon Ebony, Olive, Bloodwood and...
  4. Maori Inspired Rosewood Pendants

    The first four. Stumbling around the internet, I ran across bone carvings of the Maori people in New Zealand. They have some beautiful designs that inspired me to try my hand. Mine are carved in Indian Rosewood and Maple with some ribbon figure to it. Totally freehand carved. No patterns or...
  5. This week from my shop.

    1 - Maple "Wave" Keychains 2 - Maple Desk Name (for teacher) 3 - Cocobolo Love Keychain 4 - Amboyna Burl with Cocobolo Back name keychain 5 - Exotic Mix Sampler Keychain 6 - Cherry "Good Luck" Clover keychain These are freehand carved individually with a bandsaw and/or scroll saw. Thanks for...
  6. Highlights of the Past Couple Weeks

    I have been adding woods to my arsenal. Pic #1 - Madrone Burl ~ Just received today. Smells like cotton candy (to me) when cutting it. Beautiful, cloudlike grain. Pic #2 - Pau Amarello (Yellowheart) with an inlaid Paduak heart. Experimenting… Pic #3 - Purpleheart and Mesquite. The purpleheart...
  7. New Items from My Shop

    First 3 Pics; In answer to our ever rising shortage of horizontal space on our desks. Diminutive in size but readable at 10+ feet. The red oak letters are .625" square with a 45 degree chamfer on the back edge to tilt them up for readability. They sit on a .75×1.0" base with a .25×3.5" mortise...
  8. Some Recent Requests

    Here are a few of the items I have done lately for new friends near and far. Pic 1 - Cuban Mahogany Pic 2 - Maple on Purpleheart Pic 3 - Zebrawood and Walnut cross pendant Pic 4 - Rosewood Pic 5 - Walnut Pic 6 - Cherry I do a lot of these and won't bore you with an everyday accounting. This...
  9. Today in the Shop

    In order, the woods are Purpleheart, Cherry, Maple, Mesquite, Brazilian Cherry and Walnut. I use a vintage 12" bandsaw from Sears with an 1/8" blade. They are sanded to 320 and finished with three coats of lacquer. I really enjoy doing these and they enable me to meet people all over the...
  10. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    well after some extensive moving and opening up some head room for the monster it was time to reassemble the mill. You can see my father here starting the process.
  11. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    Fifty-one years ago, Herman James, a North Carolina mountain man, was drafted by the Army. On his first day in basic training, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon the Army barber sheared off all his hair. On his second day, the Army issued Herman a toothbrush. That afternoon the Army...
  12. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=30668&utm_source=NL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=V2042 On sale now with FREE shipping !
  13. Blogs
    A Keychain is Born ~ 8/30/10 ~ With Video I must apologize for my lack of interaction here on LumberJocks. I am on the night shift at the paper mill and my neighbors don't dig the 2:30 am woodworking bit, so I have been limited to my keychain work and ya'll have seen that. It is my night off...
  14. Finishing
    Where would one find a brushable white lacquer? Most of the sources I'd normally consult appear to be dead ends and I have a customer that wants cabinets refinished, the doors and drawers I will spray with white lacquer, but ummm I can't spray inside their house so… I need a brushable lacquer….
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