Spinning Tops

This is a bunch of spinning tops I made this last week out of wood and corian.

I used some of the best and brightest corian colors I have for these tops. I let everybody pick their favorite color out of what we had, and then on Christmas morning they each got a top made out of that color in their stocking.





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Published in: on 25 December, 2010 at 10:50 pm  Comments (1)  

Steampunk Ray Gun

We heat our home with two woodburning stoves, and having a working bellows will make it much easier for us to get the fires started in the morning.

So I made this bellows out of a foot pump (probably for an air mattress or something like that) that I picked up at a garage sale and a length of copper tubing. The tubing is so long so that we can stick one end of the tubing right into the fire and blow air into it without even having to bend over.


Published in: on 24 December, 2010 at 11:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wood Dolls

When Mary Cate was painting her recent nativity set, my two daughters were absolutely fascinated and wanted to paint some themselves. But we didn’t have any extras, so that couldn’t happen.

So I’ve made some for them, of various sizes, that they can paint however they want.


Published in: on 22 December, 2010 at 2:50 pm  Comments (1)  

Exotic Snakes

Here are a couple of snakes puzzles, very similar to the one I’ve already posted here. I used some nice exotic woods for these. The light striped one is zebrawood, and the dark one is wenge.

I really like the wenge. I’m going to use more of it in the future, I can tell.


Published in: on 20 December, 2010 at 10:48 am  Comments (1)  

Painted Nativity

Mary Cate made this nativity set from a bunch of the wooden figures you can buy at a hobby store. She did all the painting. All I did was cut out the manger.


Published in: on 20 December, 2010 at 12:53 am  Comments (2)  

More Nativity Boxes

Last spring, I made a set of nativity set boxes.

One thing about them that I wasn’t satisfied with was that the style of the center box didn’t really seem to match the style of the other two.

This time, I made two different sets, one with a more detailed style, and one simpler.

As always, Mary Cate drew all of these designs.



I also took the center box of the simple version and made a bunch of them to give away this year:


Published in: on 19 December, 2010 at 9:45 pm  Leave a Comment