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  1. Matai spoon

    Not my first spoon, but the first one that I really liked. It has cracks going crossways so I wouldn't use it in the kitchen, but I loved the look of them. Matai.
  2. Matai shelf

    Design from Paul Sellers' book Working Wood 1&2. The matai I used for this project was from an old tree that had very weird grain. So unlike normal matai, this grain was very difficult to work with! As a result, there is some tearout on this shelf. But on the upside… I learned heaps about...
  3. My Versions of a Stone Age Knives.

    I wanted to appreciate how Stone Age knives worked so I made two with steel, imitating stone, blades. When I began, 16 years ago, I didn't really have the skills or equipment to do the job and so the knife in the second photo languished on my work bench for 14 years. Then came a break through...
  4. New Zealand River Matai with NZ Silver Beech Core

    New Zealand river matai, much darker than normal matai. One of the things I love about using river wood is that it's a more sustainable source of wood, because no new trees are cut. This particular ring looks very dark until you get it out into the sun, where it sports a gorgeous copper-gold shine.
  5. I turned my first wee bowl!

    I turned my first wee bowl! Made some rookie mistakes, like putting the screws on the face plate too far out for the size of the bowl, thus the two holes at the sides. And my technique needs improving, as you can tell my the chisel marks, har-har. Different kettle of fish from turning rings...
  6. Miniature Saws, Gouges and Chisels.

    Sometimes I just fool around and make things for the fun of it. One day I am going to make a miniature tool box but so far have only made and collected a few tools. The photos show working saws, gouges and chisels that I have produced. All work perfectly and could be used for model making I...
  7. Pens and other turned items

    This is a batch of turned items, some of which are for gifts. I returned from New Zealand and brought back 94 lbs of various woods that were unique to the area there. I turned some pens from some of the wood from NZ for co-workers that went with me to NZ and then I also turned several pens from...
  8. A Set Of Ornate Netsuki Style Carving Knives.

    Every now and again one of the blades I make is better than the rest in the batch. I don't know why as the process and materials are identical for the whole batch but it just happens. All my blades are very good but these ones are better than very good. I have taken to making an ornate handle...
  9. cutting board #2

    This one is called #2 not because it is the second post but it is the second one I have ever did. It turned out not as good as the first one, probably because of the Macrocarpa (well, I can't blame myself, can't i?). The dark parts are Matai and the light half parts around the edges are silver...
  10. The Old Warrior, Singing Friar and Fed-Up Woman Plane.

    This is my latest work. A rather ornate Krenov style smoothing plane made of Matai and Oak. The front knob has the head of an old warrior and the wedge has his entourage, a woman and a singing Friar. All vaguely medieval. It is to be put up for sale at a Wellington Museum/Gallery in the next...
  11. New Zealand Matai Hollow Vessel

    Pete, this is what I did with that piece of Matai you sent me from New Zealand. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a hollow vessel that is hollow within 1/4" of the bottom but I did not hollow through that little hole. It was made in 2 pieces and assembled and turned. The finial ( if you can call it...
  12. Three Refrigerator Magnets

    I'm always looking to try something new and try to never throw away any useful wood. The refrigerator magnet can be made out of the smallest pieces left over from other jobs. In this case, I was trimming some dead limbs off our Sunburst Locust tree and noticed the pretty color on the inside so...
  13. Japanese inspired pencil box

    inspired by Mini Japanese toolbox this is a present for my 5 years daughter that goes to school in 2 months. Its also my first box! The wood is Matai and Silver beech (false beech). No nails. Finished with raw linseed oil danish oil and few layers of wipe on gloss poly. She will probably loose...
  14. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Hi all, typing this from my phone so please excuse any grammatical errors. Im picking up a used delta cabinet saw tomorrow morning. I am going to use my chevy trailblazer suv to transport it back home. I plan on takingthe the cast iron wings off and just tilting the saw into the back and pushing...
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