Woodwork #1

Over the christmas break, I had a bit of time to actually do some woodworking. Since I’m new to the whole thing, I wanted an easy project.

My requirements were:

  1. straightforward design that allowed me to practice using all the tools,
  2. small enough to allow me to do several items at the same time – if I make a mistake (when I make a mistake!), it’s far less tragic since I have a number of other units in production at the same time,
  3. functional and decorative at the same time

I decided a simple desk penbox would do the trick – it uses a minimum amount of wood, and is handy everywhere I am.

I made several out of River Red Gum and Camphor Laurel. There is plenty of Red Gum available where I am so it’s a useful timber for me to use – it certainly looks better than Pine, though it’s taken me a while to find a good source at reasonable costs (Peterson Sawmills in Little Hampton).Camphor Laurel is extremely pretty timber, isn’t it? – Leanne now has me booked up with a bunch of projects using it! I found the Red Gum easiest to cut because it is so hard – there was no tear out to speak of.

The photos below also show a “bandsaw box” I made using White Cedar that was given to me by Douglas Bell (woodturner, sculpter, pyrography, teacher). It finished up rather well. I was taught how to do this at a great course run by MIK International.

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Plump in Plums

Christmas has gone and the New Year is almost here, and along with that comes stone fruit season! We are drowning in plums at the moment and desperately looking for preserve recipes – chutneys, stews, but not jams – we don’t really eat much jam.

Fresh plums Liam in particular likes collecting the fruit and searching for recipes – thankyou Margret Fulton – so we’re not short of ideas. The chickens also like the plums so it’s a race to get the wind fallen fruit each morning.

Chickens eating our fresh plums

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