Friday, June 15, 2018

Photographers day out

Jean is on the job. …JPECUPOLP

Friday, June 08, 2018

Been there, got the Tee shirt.

“I’m ready for a day of snorkeling” IMG_4560 

“I’m done”IMG_4566

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Japanese chisel set


The set is accompanied by a letter from the toolmaker:csalIntricate Hollow Back forged on this wide

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A small project starts .. now complete

Koa wood. A gift from a Hawaiian craftsman, this project will be with my granddaughter to make her a: desk Pen & Pencil holder.hkwsx3A small section waiting for the Danish Oil to dry, then we’ll complete the project.  Once the oil soaks in and dries, I’ll set up Jean to drill the holes.hkwpaph

Looking good on the desk of a 5yr.old ….IMG_3799

phfj1Using the rest of the Koa … a new lamb base:lbase1lamp1

Friday, April 27, 2018

Only $20,691 for a wee dram

Record-breaking sale in Dubai; two bottles of rare McAllen Scotch whisky sell for £1.2million, approx. US $1.6m.

Distilled in 1926, aged 60 years in sherry-seasoned oak barrels, bottled and released in 1986.


The bottles have labels by artists: Valerio Adami  and  Sir Peter Blake.

Both bottles were bought by an international businessman at an auction hosted by Le Clos, Dubai airport luxury spirits retailers.

With each bottle costing £430,000 and 28 servings in a bottle, £15,000-(US $20,691) for a wee dram.

dramSomething tells me Ralfy will not be reviewing this one .. remember: “A minute in the glass for every year in the cask.”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Plan View of a masters space….

David Bull … picture of his carvers work bench .. note 2nd. hole for the wood stop is for a lefty (Dave) … This bench is an heirloom presented to Dave by the daughter of; Ito Susumu, an illustrious Japanese woodblock carver.

dbcbpv“Here's a look at Dave's carving bench. We have various carving knives and chisels, a rag to hold the block in place ("If it still works, I don't need to replace it"), a bright light, and a round bottom flask to diffuse the light.”

imagedbctShiba-San carving her blocks at Dave’s Mokuhankan bench. Note; she is a Right Handed carver.ssancar1

Link to mokuhankan’s Instagram

Friday, April 20, 2018

“Hark, is that an Ark I see upon a sea ?”


In-Process & after paint … Ready for the kids to use in their play

Monday, April 16, 2018

On Line Video Sharing

You Tube has become the defacto site for WWW video sharing.  There are notable exceptions and alternates, China offering the prime examples.

All of that said, factions within the You Tube contributor community feel a real need to find alternate sites free from You Tube ownership censoring various videos and channels.

A number of alternate sites are being explored. I am evaluating and using Two of the available alternatives:  UGETUBE and VIMEO.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Something's just tickle the funny-bone


π r2 “.. “NO !! Pies are round, Cornbread are square.”

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Build an Ark … You need Clamps UPDATE

Not everyone’s cup of tea … But !! after 39 days of heavy rain you might just wish you had one Smile

All painted, ready for the kids to use.arkpaint


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tea BAG storage ….

Tea bags are truly ubiquitous .. When in the mood for a cup of EBT (English breakfast tea) Yorkshire Gold is “my cup of tea” … Packaged in 160 bags per box.

ygtb160For home use/convenience my preference is; wooden caddies. 

Lacking bulk storage for said tea bags .. Time to put that to rights.

“The best wood to use, is the wood you have”  With this in mind, I mined some suitable material and hardware.

I have came up with material to produce a practical solution, letting the Tea Bag: shape/size/quantity dictate caddy size.  12” x 4” x 3” is what came about for the internal dimensions and using 1/4” material we have a utilitarian box. A plain box/caddy not unlike the humble tea bag.20180325_10425420180325_10431120180325_104337

Monday, March 19, 2018

“Time to talk of many things.” … aka Tea Time

Resurrection of a delayed project … A new Tea Caddy …

Late last year I started mulling over designs for additional Tea Storage.  I now have a design that will form a basis to expound on:  A Japanese sashimono box, joinery without glue or nails … just well fitted joints held with wooden friction pegs and wedges. … source Harry T Morris on YT.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Once I was a baby Crib, now I’m a ……

Using / Re Purposing baby crib material .. once crib slats . now Legs Smile20180316_105454tbitn1

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It’s the simple things ….

Woodworker, users of glue .. at some point you shake and wait as captured contents eases into to the spout … OR NOT…susd2

A dofur made from wood off-cuts(scraps) susd3

Having a prototype, I’ll modify a few details and produce one for shop use.