Tag Archives: Tiger Oak

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..:))

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Magic Mushroom Jar

…or other magic stuff if you don’t have any mushrooms to store…

I just finished making a tea-caddy shaped cookie jar style thingy from tiger oak and spalted beech…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s about 6 x 6 x 9 inches [16x16x 24 cm] and has a sprinkling of faerie dust in the varnish, more on the inside than on the outside.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The faults are filled with my ‘black opal’ filler and the underside of the lid is painted with gold paint.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s my first piece that uses my new logo.
I have no idea what it could be used for … probably not great for foodstuffs as it would be a little difficult to wash out a lot although it is very well varnished inside and out..

Anyway… I’ve just started on my next project which is a wardrobe. For this one I bought some offcuts from a cigar box factory as it’s going to be painted so the boring wood won’t matter much and it saves tons of sawing…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Quite a big thing to make in my small workshop but it’s needed..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

more photos of the project as it progresses…

:))

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

The Oak Stool

Well, I’ve finished my stool … maybe another top coat of varnish still to do on the seat if I’m feeling like I can improve on the finish.

The seat is Tiger Oak, which is simply oak with a bit of spalting in the grain .. close up it looks almost like small lines of cork and the markings have quite a rust red colouring.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The legs I’ve made from oak showing the heart wood (dark) and semi decayed outer wood to get the contrast.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The gold paint is Winsor & Newton Liquid Leaf with ‘Treasure Sealer’ varnish to keep the shine [ordinary varnish makes the gold quite dull]. … and I just used an emulsion paint for the turquoise with some ink to colour it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As I started in May, it’s been 5 months, minus a 3 week shelving project, so, about 16 week ends … a good sort of length of time, and a little easier than the armchairs. I wasn’t quite so fussy with it as I thought of it more as a ‘rustic’ look rather than fine carpentry.

It’s been fun and I’m happy with how it turned out.

The result is that I am more convinced than ever that I have to find more ‘quirky’ wood … there’s no point spending time on a boring bit of lumber.

….and… I’m going to upgrade my workshop. Starting next week I’m refurbishing the garage to give me more space and I’m going to make a table saw when I’m finished that…

I have a list of stuff I want to make now … I’ve got the bug.

:))

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized