Monday, December 29, 2014



Not long ago I went to the coast.  Specifically the Moro Bay San Simeon area.  While I was there I want some driftwood.  I was not sure what I was going to do with it, but I wanted some.

I picked up several pieces.  A few weeks later I deiced to try and make a pen from the wood.  It took several tries as the wood is very fragile. After multiple attempts I did it!

Here are pictures of the wood, several as I was making blanks from them and one of the final product. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Turning Pens

I am learning how to turn pens.  It has been fun but frustrating.  But it does come down to being a learning experience.

Here are some examples of what I have made so far.

The woods used (from left to right) are: Bethlehem Olive, Bethlehem Carob,  Bocote and Zebra wood.

The two Bethlehem woods are from Bethlehem.  The olive wood trees “are over 300 years old, and some have been growing since the time of Christ.” The wood is taken from branches that have been pruned or fallen limbs and/or trees.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


I have always wanted a TARDIS.  It would be nice to have a full size one like in these videos:

Guess I will have to do with this one.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Poodle Patrol

Here is another project I did after work.

For both this and Scooby I used pictures from a coloring book for the pattern.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Just for fun projects.

Here are my latest two projects.

The cross is made with plywood back and the front is made with pallet wood.

The Scooby was made using a page from a coloring book for a patter.  It was a quick after work project.


Friday, August 29, 2014

What is the value of "Hand-Made"?

Sometime ago I cut out a piece for my Step-Dad for his birthday.  I pinned a picture to my Pinterest board. 

There was a comment made that a person’s laser could do that.  It was not a bad comment and I did not take it that way.

Another time I went to the Etsy site and was looking at some of the scroll saw type work people were selling.  I saw a piece cut from a pattern I had used a few times as well.  I looked to see how much it was selling for.  I was shocked to see that the seller priced it at about what I pay for the wood.  Upon investigation I found that it was cut with a CNC or Laser cutter.

I do not want to talk bad about people who do this.  However I find it lessens the value of what I make.  Let’s say I need to sell a piece for $20.00.  It might be something that took 2 to 3 hours to cut.  Now a person can buy the same thing for $5.00, but it was cut by a machine.  Makes it hard for me to sell pieces.  Good thing I do this for a hobby.

Do people consider a CNC cut piece to be “hand-made”?  I know I personally don’t.

Do you find there is more value to a piece that was cut hole by hole? 

Just some thoughts…

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jayne Mansfield

I have been doing a lot of bigger projects.  When I used my scroll saw it was for simple cuts.  I wanted to challenge myself to something a bit more detailed.

I found the Old Crow Scrollwerks web site and the pattern for Jayne Mansfield.  As I have a brother that loves her I had to do it.

And best of all... its not a poodle!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

More poodles….

Yes I have made a couple more poodle pieces.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Poodles and Pallet Wood

I was able to get some pallets for free and made a couple of different project.  Hope you enjoy them!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

It is hard to say goodbye!

We have all had someone move away.  This might be a childhood friend or a co-worker.  It might be devastating or it might be a good thing.  Or it could be somewhere in between.
How do we say goodbye when we have the chance?  Is it the heartfelt “I’ll miss you” or the empty “I will keep in touch”?  For me I mean it when I say “keep in touch”.  But I am embarrassingly bad about doing just that.
For the past several years I have had the pleasure of working with a young lady who seemed to always have a smile on her face.  Her laughter was contagious.  Her dedication to her job and her family is inspiring.
When I found out she was leaving for a new job I knew that she would be missed.  I wanted a way to express that I would be one who missed her.  So I went to the shop and made these pieces as a goodbye, good luck and remember me.
Bonnie, I wish you had stayed.  However I am a strong believer that a person needs to do what is best for them.  With that, I wish you the very best in your new adventure and all of the ones to come.

The first two are from patterns at Steve Good's site.
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