Just because I haven’t been posting, doesn’t mean we have not been busy creating in our West Chezzetcook studios.
It was a long, snowy and icy winter here on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. That meant lots of shovelling and snow activity but also plenty of time to work on various projects. And we have had a few other adventures and events to celebrate too. Continue reading We’ve been busy
I started this blog with big intentions to post everyday and then read some advice that might be unrealistic and I should start more slowly and ramp-up to daily over time, if at all. I fell into the mire of over-thinking and over planning and, after falling behind in posting, over-analysing how to get back on track. Should I scrap this blog and start fresh with a new, clean slate? Give up on the project and move to other things? Go backwards and try to create additional posts to fill up for lost gaps? Set a schedule of regular posts to move forward with great leaps? Continue reading Blog revisited
I am not sure why I am always drawn to wood craft and wood furniture but there is an undeniable draw. On a philosophical level, maybe it has something to do with a connection to the earth and nature. On a more basic level, there is the tactical attraction: I love the smell of cut wood, the the feel of a planed surface, the look of the grain patterns, the aesthetic of contrasting woods – and so much more. Continue reading Why I love woodworking
Lately it seems social media is full of new projects for using old pallets. Where are people getting all these pallets? It would be great fun to try to recreate some of the many inspiring projects that I keep seeing but I have yet to find a source for pallets that are local, accessible AND reasonably priced (needless to say, free would be even better). Of course, the current lack of pallets doesn’t stop me from bookmarking, pinning and posting all sorts of ideas to put in the ‘try someday’ files. Continue reading Furniture from found items
One of my goals this season is to finish three found projects and in preparation I’m busy studying and experimenting with woodworking finishes. Plans to share some of my studies soon but in the meantime, here are some great tips and articles from Popular Woodworking magazine archives.
If one of your goals is to improve quilting skills, you should consider a Block of the Month (BOM) or Quilt Along (QA) program. Typically, these programs focus on a particular style (ex. modern) or type of technique (ex. free motion). Some of the options are mystery projects revealed little by little; others offer the pattern from the beginning. It seems that in recent years the number of BOM and QA has grown by leaps and bounds and there are many many choices online, usually free or low cost. Continue reading Develop quilting skills with an online community
One of our goals for Chez Craft is to refinish abandoned or neglected furniture, structures or materials to return it to its original use – or find new uses. It seems like we are always accumulating items that could use a little TLC. Or sometimes, it works the other way and we see an idea then track down materials. We’ll be sharing some of these projects here, describing progress, process, challenges and tips. Continue reading Refinishing and reclaiming
This year, I want to do more quilt design. One of my goals is to do more colour exploration. From unexpected combinations to monochromatic studies, I want to incorporate new colour palettes into my work. Continue reading Colour Theory
Practical and Fun
In the last couple of years, I have been making a number of bags. I started with simple tote bags for gifts, then moved to a variety of lined drawstring bags. Last Christmas, I designed a Santa sack pattern then made more than a dozen for family members. Here’s one ready for Christmas morning last week. It is 12.5″ x 8″, a good size for stocking stuffer goodies. Continue reading Bags bags bags
Welcome to the site for our new business venture: Chez Craft, based in Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, Canada. Chez Craft will be an artisan craft company producing fine woodworking, and fibre art products with a focus on custom and one-of-a-kind projects, reclaimed materials and designs created in collaboration with clients and/or other artisans. Continue reading New year, new adventure