Nothing quite like lazy summer days with fluffy white clouds and blooming canola fields.
Last year we hosted a party for a bunch of friends and family. It was wonderful to have so many close friends and relatives having a good time together. Anyways, that isn’t what this post is about. Early on in the planning stages of the party it was decided that we should spit roast a pig. Not just any little pig though, we wanted to do a large one in the 80 to 90 lb range. That is a lot of meat to spin.
There were a few commercially available rotisseries to had for quiet a few $$$, as well as some rental ones that had a cost that was a bit easier to swallow. But where is the fun in that? I had some motors laying around and a desire to make something, so off I went.
V recently got a wonderful Scott Campbell print called ROCKET HOUSE that needed an equally as wonderful frame to call home. I attempted to take pictures of the process, but unfortunately got distracted by the whole making process and only managed to snap a few… oops.
This humble picture frame started off as a piece of Eastern hard maple left over from the cutting board I had made a while back.
Then I started to forget about taking more pictures. After a few more bandsaw cuts, some time at the router table, some chops with the miter saw, I was left with an almost-picture-frame that looked like this.
V and I completed a little collaborative project for a baby shower gift. Her job was artistic vision, painting, and assembly; my job was manufacturing the wooden and metal pieces.
The metal pieces consist of turned brass and brass tubing, these are used as the support structure for the mobile.
The wooden trees, chevrons, and circles used for the animals are all 5 mm baltic birch plywood. The majority of these were cut out on a cnc machine. Everything is held together using beading wire.
I created this little crossbow for a Christmas gift exchange between some friends and I.
I am quite happy with the way it turned out. The limbs are made of 6 hacksaw blades stacked together and the trigger is spring loaded so it will return to position after being pulled. The bow will shoot approximately 30 m on a good shot, though not always very straight.
I took a walk the morning of our first large snowfall a snapped a few pictures along the way. I quite enjoyed making the first tracks in the 20 cm deep snow almost the entire time I was out!
The end grain cutting board I am making is starting to take shape. A few more pieces to cut up and it will be time to glue everything together.
On a side note, a smart idea is to label all the pieces so you know where they go. An even smarter idea is to save an image of the numbered pieces before you tear everything apart… oops. Thankfully the pieces were in a somewhat logical order.
A game that is popular among my friends and I is Settlers of Catan. Who couldn’t love a game that gives so much opputunity for bad jokes oriented around sheep and wood? With everyone concentrating so hard on thinking up the next great joke the card piles begin to look like they were haphazardly thrown on the table. To remedy this I set about creating a card holder to help bring order to chaos.