A simple thing

A small tray/ plate, just about a foot across, carved from a piece of tiger oak.

I saw a few online that were made by a a japanese guy for sushi and I liked the look of them, very basic. His were slightly more regular in shape.

…back to my oval mirror frame…




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New folding knife

I have just finished making a folding knife, my first.

I didn’t make all the bits, I ordered some off the web and put it all together with a bit of enamelling and some woodwork with a thought to selling it…. maybe others too. It was basically a trial run.

Well, it worked out OK I think for a $50 or $60 price tag. Whether or not it would be worth doing more …. I’m not sure.

The wood is from a local oak, a burr [burl], the steel is medium quality and the brass has a few little impurities…. I’ve already got new scales (the wooden bits) for my next one.

…and I’m well into my next project, a little side table … after I’ve finished my oval mirror frame, which is proving to be a very difficult thing to make.

This is for my oak side table… I have got some recycled ebony to inlay into it….This is the design for the top.

trefoil table design 2

Anyway, will post more when the mirror frame is finished..



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Tallboy in oak, finished

Finally finished my corner unit tallboy.

This is it finished, at last..

I did a bit of carving as I said last post and decided to paint it…

The top is inlaid with some plum wood and walnut and the drawers are half made in spalted beech and half in oak. The bases are painted plywood.

I had trouble with the handles, I wanted to make them in metal and I guess I should have done so but I wanted to finish it so I made them from wood. The first set I hated and so I had to remove them and make a new set.. that all took time but I’m fairly happy with the new ones although…. I should probably have gone for metal.

It takes a lot of time to get the drawers sliding in and out smoothly but I got there in the end.

This has been a 5 month project … my next one should be shorter, I’m carving an oval frame for a mirror in cherry.

More later…


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Tallboy, in oak.

It’s a while since I blogged, I’ve been busy this year cutting up large pieces of wood into smaller pieces. It’s a hobby.

I’ve stretched myself this project and am making a tallboy. It has almost 100 pieces of wood and some carving and some inlay work, so it’s going to be a real ‘grown-up’ piece of carpentry.

Some photos….

Firstly, around Christmas I borrowed an electric motor saw to cut my lumps of oak into slabs…


Then I spent the next month cutting these into usable pieces



I did some old school ‘data transfer’…



This is what I plan on making..

chest 4 blank coloured

So, I started gluing it up..



And now I have to start on the drawers. You’ll notice that I haven’t drawn any handles on my sketch, that’s purely because I can’t decide which ones to make.

They’ll be in metal … and I’m going to make them… but … I can’t choose between lizard shaped and plain round forged ones….

I’ll post more photos when I know more myself…


Time will tell…



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Bye bye Facebook… it’s been mediocre.

Well, the FB police got me and told me I’d have to submit some proof of existence before I could continue to post/visit FB.

I did think about it for a while, but not long. That’s no reflection on my FB friends and acquaintances … more my reflection on FB and “social media” as a whole.

I have ‘left’ FB before in as much as it is possible to, but decided to use it for a while until I got stopped, and that was a few years ago. I think it’s taken them 3 or 4 years to catch up with me.

I considered making some ID but wasn’t really sure if I wanted to go down that route and I certainly am not ready to share my RL details with Mark and The Boys … I do have some desire for a bit of privacy. Added to this is the small pleasure I have in not supplying the advertisers with my RL as target.

I can’t really say that FB has enhanced my life at all. I’ve been amused by cats fighting crocs etc and I’ve ‘kept in touch’ with people I would otherwise not have done … but… I could not say that FB has been a rewarding experience in any way. I am happy to let it go as another virtual episode in the life of soror Nishi.

I actually prefer blogging, but FB has made me lazy.

Meanwhile, back on dry land, I’ve been sawing away like a little sawmill in my workshop. I’ve got a good deal of the timber cut, but more to go…. will post photos later when I have something to show.

Hugs to all



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Marketplace … 3 texture sets.

I finally got around to putting some more stuff on Marketplace. I’ve been meaning to for a long time, but you know how it is….

Anyway, three sets of textures in Copy/Mod format for those that would like them

and a few headdresses….
and some bonsai…
and a couple more trees.

Now… I’ll try and do more before Christmas… but we’ll see…



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Walnut Bread Bin

Well, not much to say really …I bought some Walnut (wood) offcuts from eBay and made a bread bin.

I wanted to see how difficult it was to do a dovetailed box. It took a bit of time, but generally I did OK. I’m not sure how often I’ll be dovetailing, but it is a very strong box, due mainly to the dovetailing.

The handle is made from Sumach (Rhus Glabra) and the rest is Walnut apart from the little shelf thing which is 3mm bamboo (skewers for kebabs) and untreated.

The constructivist carving is one I adopted from something I found online, so not entirely original … but carving “BREAD” seemed a bit tame.

On to the next……


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Not all Things are created equal.

There’s often talk about how materialistic our society has become and how possessions rule our lives. Like most generalities there is an element of truth in it which is why it gets told and retold, but also a falsehood lies concealed within.

There is a fundamental difference in Things.

Some are clutter, mass produced and most often have no intrinsic value.

Some are linked sentimentally to a person or place and have an emotional value which far exceeds their economic value…. that pebble from the beach, for example..

Some are so aesthetically pleasing that they ‘give’ every time they are used or viewed. Artworks are sometimes in this category …. although there’s a lot of crap out there posing as Art.
I have a total ‘blindspot’ when it comes to the difference between art and craft, or artisan and artist … but I am in a minority, I’m sure.
Pretentious arguements concerning The Human Condition [one of my most hated phrases] are often bought into play to try and ‘educate’ me.

…and then there are magic things…

Magic things have a power of their own, independent of their beauty, their owner and value.

I think the whole “we are too materialistic” arguement overlooks this differentiation. We are maybe not materialistic enough in that we don’t evaluate Things, we don’t look at them closely enough, we don’t discern.

I love Things.
Some of my Things are junk, those I love less…. but some are more valuable than some people..:)

Anyway … my latest product from the workshop … a knife for my grandson who is a Scout.

The woods are Bird’s Eye Birch and Tiger Oak (from fallen trees), with copper silver and brass spacers. The dark blue resin I made myself and the light coloured plastic is day-glow, it shines green at night.

The lid of the box is sumac (also a tree I felled) and the leather is dyed with blueberries.

The sheath is traditional Nordic style.

… I’m working on a bread box at the moment, trying my hand at dovetail joints. I actually bought some wood .. American Walnut, as no native UK wood can match that rich brown colour.

Photos will follow… but it’ll be a while I guess..


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Flower bowl from dough bowl

Nearly 3 years ago I started on the refurbishment of an old dough bowl I bought at a bootfair.

I started off carving it out a bit

Then gave it a bit of paint

It’s a design I had wanted to make out of glass but I would have needed a lot of machinery and so, it didn’t happen.

It’s Ok in wood, and I’m glad to have finished off another of those “little projects” that can quickly fill a workshop..


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New Tiger Oak Caddy-style Box

Design isn’t always straightforward, some things need to sit on the workbench as one of many possible solutions rises to the surface of the Possibilities Stew. When it finally does emerge it can necessitate a whole bunch of different decisions … and this can take a bit more contemplation. This is one of those things that took it’s time to complete.

The joints using mini bamboo pins reminded me of stitching, I’ve never seen it before, but it work well for this piece.

I’m very happy with the result, I like the balance of the overall piece.

The inside is almost impossible to photograph, The “Power of Creativity” symbol [first sign in the I-Ching] is done in a blue/green glitter and then a layer of clear epoxy was poured over to create a sort of black mirror. The sides are in a rippled epoxy finish. It just reflects your face when you look in…. or the camera when you try to photograph it.

Anyway, I have another piece I’m just finishing off that has also taken ages … more of that next week.

Enjoying Wimbledon..:))

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