I got a call from a friend whose tree lost a few large branches last week. It is Russian olivewood. He brought me a couple of pieces two days ago, and the rest will follow shortly. The sapwood is very light yellow, almost white, and the heartwood is a deep chocolate brown. The grain is... Continue Reading →
Here is a simple woodturning project I made for my 4 y.o. niece. It is about 7 inches tall, and painted with nontoxic paint. This is another example of a very basic toy that kids appreciate more than more modern objects with bells and whistles. All comments welcome! Patrick Savard
When my girlfriend was pregnant with my son about nine years ago, the clinic announced to us on December 23rd at 16:00 that our baby had trisomy 14, a very rare condition that would either mean that he would die the instant he was born or else that his life expectancy would be a maximum... Continue Reading →
My girlfriend`s uncle, a man I always appreciated very much for his joy and his sound advice, was terminally ill with cancer last fall. One day, I decided to do something for him: I washed and waxed his car, his last pride in this world. Seeing as he could not drive it anymore, it looked... Continue Reading →
As those of you who have read my older posts know, I have been spending much time on my chessboard and set lately, and now that the first one is completed, I must move on to the second one. Chessboard #2 is fairly advanced. I need to complete the drawers and the inside of the... Continue Reading →
If you own a chainsaw, a trailer and a place to store logs, you have what it takes to start a business in your very own niche. Just specialize in flame boxelder. Boxelder is very easy to work with, and it often hides patterns of colors that range from white to orange to deep red,... Continue Reading →
The pieces of wood that transformed into these bowls were salvaged from a scrap pile. Birch, both 10 inches in diameter. Which shape do you prefer?
One of my Christmas projects about a year ago was to make puppets for the kids in the family. I made the dragon whose picture I posted a few days ago, along with three doll-like puppets. But my prototype remains one of my favorite projects ever. I tried to make a puppet of Tin Man... Continue Reading →