With a Spoon

My brother pointed these out to me, so I had to try it myself.

This is a trade point arrowhead that I made from from a flattened out spoon I bought from the dollar store.

This was attempt #3, and the first one that I wasn’t embarassed by.


1. Get spoon.
2. Hammer it flat.
3. Draw out the arrowhead shape.
4. Rough-cut with a hacksaw.
5. Clean up with belt sander, file, and finally sharpening stone.
6. Take pretty picture

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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)  

Porter’s Workshop: Etsy.com edition

Over the last couple of years, I’ve had many requests from people to be able to purchase some of the things I’ve made. I’ve usually replied with “yeah, I’m thinking of setting up an etsy.com shop one of these days”.

Well, that day has arrived. Here is my shop.


You can always find a link to it here in the right column of my blog.

There are already several items there, and if you want any of them, feel free. But if I’ve made anything in the past (or future) that you’d like the opportunity to buy, just let me know, with no obligation. If it’s something that I feel like making, I’ll do so, and put in in my shop so that you can buy it. If you want.

Published in: on 23 August, 2010 at 11:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dragon vs. Phoenix. Fight!

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Here are a couple more fairies that Mary Cate designed.

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Phoenix and Dragon

It’s been a while since I’ve made any block silhouette figures. Here’s two. The dragon is new, while the phoenix is the same design that I used a year ago. They are both made from mahogany.

Published in: on 6 July, 2010 at 5:54 am  Comments (2)  

Completed Swiss Army Knife

And here’s the completed knife. This knife is a Victorinox Tinker, which I often carry in my pocket.

Published in: on 29 May, 2010 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  

The long belated bookcase

This last week I finally finished the second of a pair of bookcases that I started over 2 years ago. Here they are, next to each other.

The sad thing is, even with the addition of a very sizable bookcase, we still don’t have enough shelf space for all our books. I need to make another one!

Published in: on 10 May, 2010 at 2:59 pm  Comments (3)  

Nesting Instinct

I’ve got pictures for some finished oval basket boxes.

First, here’s a single “cameo” box, and my favorite so far:

Next, here’s a set of three nesting boxes, each fitting inside the next. The main bodies of this set was made from scrap wood I salvaged from pallets.

And finally, here’s a picture of all of the completed boxes that I haven’t given away yet:

Published in: on 1 April, 2010 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Basket Trials

I’m playing around with making some nesting boxes similar to the wood baskets I made earlier.

These boxes aren’t going to be able to nest inside each other, but they’ll still make fine gifts on their own. And next time, I think I’ll be able to make them nest.

Published in: on 15 March, 2010 at 11:58 pm  Leave a Comment