2018 Plank Competition Entry – Shire Woodworking Club This as my entry in the 2018 Half Plank Toy Competition (1500mm x 290mm x 19mm). My build was based on this photo I found a few years ago when I was looking for inspiration for my 3000mm plank competition entry. As I couldn’t find any details about the garage I estimated the size using matchbox cars as per the photo. I made a prototype using plywood scraps […]
Something different – Polymer Clay. I attended a Polymer Clay workshop at the local community college last weekend; I couldn’t pass on the 60% course discount! Nadine from Own Sweet Time was the tutor and had thought only 5 would attend but 10 of us used the last minute discount to register. The class was mainly about Jewelry but I took along some pen, razor and key ring tubes to see if they would work. Nadine also […]
Have been experimenting with my resin casting pressure pot and decided a good test would be for the Facebook Group – Australian Pen Turners slimline challenge. The only criteria was that you had to use a slimline mechanism. This is my submission: I cast cake toppings in resin for the bottom and dyed some light timber I had for the top piece (see photo below for the timber). I didn’t feature in the […]
After I finished my last years plank entry I bought some additional plans from Toys and Joysand the kits to go with them. These are my attempts at the Little Choo Choo: As easy to make two but I missed out the little car for the second one as not comfortable selling this as the wheels are a bit small. Details: Little Choo Choo Finished Model is approximately 22″ long. I have […]
Workshop update – pen organisation and disassembly. Have been turning some different pens recently and found that I didn’t know what blanks I had worked on; the plastic drawers as below are good to keep kits and bushings in but also including blanks was a bit messy. I saw something similar the the stand below on Instagram and thought it was good as you can see the quantity for each type. Looks a […]
A readers mother recently sent me a great email as follows: I’m Amy, a stay at home mom. My son Jack has a fascination with woodworking. His great grandfather has done it for quite some time, so he knows a bit about it from him. He did some research on his own to show his boy scouts and found your page. He really enjoyed it – thanks a lot! In return, Jack wanted to share […]
Unfortunately I had to be in NZ for most of November as my mother was dying; typically this was when I started selling pens! I managed to ship some between trips, delay some and got my wife and sister in law to post others. Another issue was that I forgot to remove a sold item from eBay after it was sold via Etsy; this would happen when I only have one of each item. This […]
I was lucky to be in Invercargill to see an exhibition by the Southland Woodworkers Guild recently. I know a couple of the members but have never managed to get to any of their meetings or seen any of their displays. Very impressed by the quality and variety of goods on display. Some were available for sale as marked but others only for display purposes. Good mix of woodturning and woodworking.