This post was written by Mary Elizabeth O’Toole
Last Tuesday, Stephen presented some favourite online woodworking resources in his post Tech Tuesday: That Internet Thing. This week, I’ll continue the discussion with a few sites to inspire you in your work in fabric and fibre. Continue reading Surfing the ‘Net for Fabric and Fibres
Today’s post written by Mary Elizabeth O’Toole
Have you ever finished an art project and realized that you would like to investigate a different angle, use another colour combination or apply new techniques?
All of these reflections are good reasons to create a series – a group of pieces based around one or more common elements. Continue reading Working in Series
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
Make a Difference Day is a national day of community service that challenges people to volunteer in big and small ways to improve the lives of others. Continue reading Make a Difference Day
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
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
Matthias Wandel is a favourite resource for us. His website, WoodGears.ca and his YouTube channel are fun and full of clever ideas. Stephen discovered Matthias some time ago and turned me on to him so now we are both regular viewers. Every week he posts new articles and videos to share some very creative work. Stephen has made wooden jigs using woodgear.ca patterns and is going to write a post soon on the very cool box joint jig he made. Continue reading Fun from woodgears.ca
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.
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