Why I love woodworking

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

Furniture from found items

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

Develop quilting skills with an online community

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

Refinishing and reclaiming

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

Bags bags bags

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 desSantaBagigned 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

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