Thursday, 23 February 2017

Riving, riving, riving. Keep those wedges riving.....

Don't try this at home.

After loading the 6ft quarters (fifths) I am left with a 3ft length, that's not going in, no matter how creative I get with levers and tipping points etc. Nothing for it but to lighten the load a little.

All, while 'Storm Doris' raged over the valley top.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Oak bowl surface treatment


More fascinating viewing of Jon bothering oak.

Blow hard wind, blow hard!

It is four months since my open workshop event and I have been busy. Hoping to get back to some joined furniture next week with a commission for a pair of library steps in 17thC joined stool stile, basically a joined stool with two storeys.

Here's a few photos of the chest with drawer I managed to get carved during the event.

One of the panels without the ground removed.

Toying with not taking the ground out on the two side panels....

....but no. Maybe if it was all carved like that with just incised lines, but it messes with the raking light effect having the combination of both techniques. Down to the ground it is.

Sold this cherry bowl to Cliff.

I also got commissions for several other things including some cabinets for Nigel and Clare from quartersawn douglas fir.

They also had an oak tree which needed milling into boards.

And made into a bridge to cross their stream.

I was asked to restore these chairs recently. I stripped off the modern varnish (and dirt), tightened all the joints, re-fixed the legs which had fallen off and re-finished with proprietary Rivers Joinery Beeswax Polish.

Making the initial timber selection for the storytelling chair commission.

This will have hands on the arms and boots on the feet a la Discworld.

I have been finishing off a few oak bowls.

And starting another one.

I need to lay my hands on a new log this week; to get a board for the front of the drawer and all the stock for two sets of library steps. 

Blow hard wind, blow hard!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Visitors and a sale

Sold the Bridgwater box today.

Several visitors, lots of interest and a possible commission for a storytelling chair.

I have been working on the layout for the chest with drawer front. As it is going to be all new repeating patterns, I have mocked it up in pencil, at the same time as trying to work out how to layout the new designs with the traditional method of compasses and centrelines. It's all new ground and I have no historical carving to copy. Exciting stuff. To me, anyway!

I have been knocking up some boards for the chest bottom and drawer bottom. A pleasing sight in the late afternoon sunshine.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ok, so it's a colander.

So, a couple of weeks after the big bowl boil, what are the results. One colander!

And look at the distortion; that rim was flat!

Now the cracks have opened up, it is easy to see the cause; the bowl sides were not even 1/8" thick. I might have to adjust my calipers. The other bowl has sides about 7/8 to 1" thick and is hardly cracking or distorting.

Some Hillyfield larch went into making this woodstore/bin store/potting bench for Andie recently. It will have a green roof, probably sedum and other alpines.

I have been making some stools this week. Local oak from Denbury, for the seats and variously willow sticks (even more local; from just outside the workshop) and ash (with axe-cut tenons) for the legs.

I split these this morning, and they still had a bit of moisture in them (though the log had been sitting around for 4 years), so I gave them a steam bath for an hour to drive it out.

These stools, bowls furniture etc. available to buy in the Craft marquee at Totnes and District Show on 31st July. Or come along to the Devon Open Studios event in September, 10-25th everyday 10am to 6pm. There will be demonstrations, lots of them!