Mariska, back when she was three.
I love my girls ;^)
Ah, the Swedish spreader. For all your applications of fat.These are made from black birch. I direct your attention to the Drew Langsners’ Country Workshops website at http://www.countryworkshops.org where he has described his method for making them and has examples. When i retire, i would like to take a class with Drew. Ah, when i retire.
Here is the one i use to spread my peanut butter at work. I have been carving these from willow i got out on the island. its soft and works fast, and has this beautiful color, perhaps from lying around for a while in the wet before i collected it.
Finishing up a spoon, to get ready for some new work this spring.This is the Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) i harvested up on 48th street after Hurricane Sandy. It is nice wood, hard and smooth and darkening nicely. I have a few chunks left, enough for four large spoons perhaps.
Here is a spoon made from some sweet cherry i found on Fire Island last year, There is alot of sapwood on this piece, and i decided not to fight but to develop the sweep of the handle,and accentuate the curve of that grain.
Posting some quick shots of the twin screw vise i made, after seeing an episode of the Woodwrights’ shop online, 2012-2013 Season: Two Screws for You! with Roy Underhill and Chris Schwarz, and deciding this was just the thing i was looking for. I had purchased a one and a half inch screw box and thread cutter some time back, and decided to give it a try. The screws are made of some maple dowling and the left over poplar five quarter stock from a saw bench i had made late last year works for the vise jaws.. It came out ok, i had to fudge the holes in the front clamp a bit with a rasp to make everything line up, which i why i have a sign over the man-cave announcing the Woodwwrongs’ Shop, but more about that later.
Just scanned these monoprints. I made them in January from leaves collected this fall.
I did a new series of botanical prints for my girls on Valentines day. The red is a Rose Madder and the green is a sap green from Buckthorn berries. Both pigments from Kramer Pigments here in New York, and then hand ground. The paper is arches 88 dyed with green tea using an alumn mordant.
Self-knowledge does not mean preoccupation with ones own thoughts; rather, it means concern about the effects one creates. It is only the effects our lives produce that let us know whether what we have done means progress or regression.
— from the I Ching, hexagram Kuan # 20
Floppy was born today. Sheeba needed a lot of help learning how to be a good mother, which Kali miraculously provided. Here she is keeping vigil.