Thursday, 24 June 2010

Too much wood?

Working on the principle that you can't have too much wood, I rarely say no when it is offered. I have now reached a point though where I must build a proper wood store and sort it all out properly. I even have the wood to make the store, just need to get my finger out and make it. Also sort out the workshop so I don't have to move things and climb over things to do anything. All in between filling commissions.

Friday, 18 June 2010

New additions to the menagerie, three white campbells. Make the Khaki's look small. Wonder if their eggs will be bigger as well?

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Crafting tools and re-enactment societies as markets

There seem to be two specific markets opening up for me at the moment. Crafting tools and reproduction for re-enactment aficionados. I have been asked to make two medieval style sausage fillers, 40 lucets in a primitive style, about 100 small dice and a 25mm crochet hook in the last couple of days. I hadn't thought of the re-enactment side of things as a market which is daft really as we have a young 'viking' in our club who does bits and pieces. Something to perhaps investigate.


Thursday, 10 June 2010

Cutting Masterclass

The BBC are cutting Monty Don's Masterclass. Robin Wood and others have set up a petition page on Facebook which needs our support. Please go and add your name
Join the campaign for a second series of Mastercrafts on the BBC

Getting more specialised

Doing a market stall over the last few weeks has got me thinking of perhaps changing one of my online shops to a specialised one for crafting tools and equipment only. Listing all the things that I have been making or can make I am surprised at the number of different things there ar. Also putting it up on some forums has brought in a number of new ideas as well.
Here's the list so far.

Andean plying tools
Drop spindles:
           Russian with support bowl
          Tibetan with support bowl
          Standard bottom whorl
          Standard top whorl

Couronne sticks
Needle cases
Yarn tidies
Crochet hooks
           up to 4mm with metal tip
          4mm and larger all wood

Outsized knitting needles (10mm +)
Kumihimo discs
Pin bowls
Tassle forms
Seam rippers
Lace bobbins
Spinning bobbins
Tapestry bobbins
Niddy noddy
Peg loom
Scarf loom
Darning mushrooms
Knitting bobbins (for jewelers as well as for braiding)

I'm sure there are others as well so any suggestions please let me know


Saturday, 5 June 2010

This is the finished privet bowl.

Top View

side view

Friday, 4 June 2010

Some new pieces

I had to do a couple of pieces for the market so did a couple of pot pourri pots in some spalted mimosa

and a large, 15" bowl in Monterrey cypress, the bowl itself is 12 diameter

and last is a bowl from a piece of privet. 7" max diameter (where it can be measured) and standing 4" tall, still on a glue chuck to finish sanding