Won’t You Be Mine

Published in: on 8 February, 2011 at 2:11 pm  Comments (2)  

In the Beginning

There were plans.

Even before I really got into woodworking a few years ago, I was fascinated by the kits and plans that were sold for people to make mechanical clocks. They even sell kits so that you can make clocks entirely out of paper!.

And when I got into scrollsawing and saw some of the beautiful wooden clocks designed for scrollsawers, I knew that someday I had to make one. I even went so far as to order the plans for one so that someday I could make it.


Well, I’ve decided that today is that day! The latest edition of ScrollSaw Woodworking & Crafts has full plans for an extremely simple (relatively) mechanical clock. I went out today and made copies of it, because I have no doubt that I will mess things up the first time. In fact, I really should have gone ahead and made two copies of everything so that I can mess up twice. Oh well…

I don’t know how long this will take me. But I’m closer than I’ve ever been to really starting, and now I’m even closer.

Published in: on 10 January, 2011 at 9:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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)  

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  

Portrait Ornaments

These Christmas ornaments are profiles of my family. I should probably make on of myself for a full set, as soon as I get somebody to take a profile photograph of me. Preferably before Christmas.

Published in: on 16 October, 2010 at 7:02 pm  Comments (1)  

A Scout is…

I made a few boxes decorated with fleur-de-lis, the international symbol of scouting.

Published in: on 15 October, 2010 at 6:20 pm  Comments (1)  

Captive Ball Spoon

Published in: on 23 August, 2010 at 7:08 pm  Leave a Comment  


From what I gather, there used to be a Welsh tradition of beaus who went out to sea to spend their time carving elaborate “love spoons” for their beloved.

Now, while I do have some Welsh ancestry, I mostly just think the spoons are neat. So I tried my hand at them.

The spoons are shown in the order I made them. The first one was made with someone else’s pattern, but the last three are my own patterns.

The woods used are cherry, basswood, cherry, and walnut. Although it doesn’t photograph as well, I think I like the walnut the best.

The first one I made just as a project to do while camping this last month. But I enjoyed it so much that I came back and made more. I’m already trying to figure out what I want my next one to look like.

Published in: on 19 August, 2010 at 8:59 am  Comments (1)  

You Might Be a Mormon…

…if you recognize this profile.

This is the distinctive profile of Joseph Smith Jr., Mormon/LDS prophet. The top and bottom are made out of Brazilian cherry, which is a new material for me, but I really like it.

Published in: on 16 August, 2010 at 7:58 am  Comments (2)  


Here are a couple more fairies that Mary Cate designed.

Published in: on 9 August, 2010 at 10:29 pm  Comments (2)