This has been a busy week with most of my creating art time spent working on several birthday and Christmas gifts (pictures later but don’t want to spoil the surprise for recipients). Continue reading Making Faces
This article is written by Stephen Parsons.
In part I of this series I explained why jigs are so important to me as a woodworker. In this article I’d like to introduce you to my favourite jig, and if you’ve been paying attention to any of my recent posts, you’ll probably be able to guess that it is my box joint jig. It is by far the most complex piece of work I have done- not only in home-built tools but in any construction. Continue reading The Joy of Jigs, Part II
In the interest of reducing my list of UFOs (unfinished projects) it is time to take out a side table project that I started in the spring. It has been put aside due to lack of workshop room but time to get it out and do some more work to get this off the list. Continue reading Restoration project UFO
The changing light and colour of nature always do it for me.
What people, places or things send you to your design notebook or into the studio to create?
As any crafter knows, every project helps you add to your stash of scraps. When I am quilting, I will keep pretty small scraps because you can make use of some pretty tiny bits on art quilts. I have them on shelves sorted by colours with strips and larger pieces in bins and smaller pieces in mason jars. That way, I can see the colour – and it is so attractive it can be part of the décor too thus serving an added function. Continue reading Scraps for pets
My to quilt list includes several new designs for memory quilts. I have some collected materials that I have to prepare for those projects, including a pile of men’s shirts and a bag of ties. I had a few clothing items of Dad’s, some gathered from thrift shops, and some given me by a friend who thought that I could put them to good use. Continue reading Memory Quilts
Today’s post is written by Stephen Parsons.
Getting back to woodworking after a long absence has resulted in a lot of satisfaction, many new challenges, and lots of learning. In fact I would say that the greatest satisfaction comes when I learn something new as the result of being challenged to produce something complex or difficult. This is never more clear or the result more satisfying than when I have had to design and build a “jig” – a helper tool that complements other standard machines and tools in my workshop. Continue reading The Joy of Jigs: Part I
My project today is a small scale. In fact, toy size. I am going to repair a toy rocking chair that needs some loving care before it can find a new home. Continue reading Mini-restoration
This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada. We are having our turkey feast today and does the house ever smell good!
Between some running around this morning and prep for dinner, we’ve not had too much time in the woodshop or sewing room today – although we have both gotten some creative work in between other tasks. Continue reading Holiday decor