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All my woodwork is custom made, after you place your order. Wait times vary depending on my workload and the intricacy of the item you order - anywhere from two weeks to several months. Please contact me before placing your order if you have any questions. Thanks!

Featured Project

I like to feature a recent project below. If you want to see more, check out my Bowls and Boxes, Pens, Gifts, Toys, and Home Decor pages.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Elm Bowls, Sycamore Bowls - Free Materials

I have an acquaintance who had to get rid of a great big Chinese elm tree in his yard. The tree was starting to mess with a retaining wall so it had to go. My dad and I went up to cut it down and could see that it was going to take an expert to bring the tree down without killing the nearby trees and/or smashing a nearby home, so we left it to a tree surgeon. BUT when he was done, i got first dibs on the wood. I brought up a chain saw and cut it up, took the pieces home, cut them into bowl-sized chunks, and sealed the ends so that, as it dries, it won't split.

Elm is a hard wood with caramel-colored heartwood and lighter sapwood. The bark is thick with contrasting layers, and quite strong, making for beautiful natural-edged bowls like this first one I turned. Because it was turned while green, and dried afterwards, the shape is somewhat elongated. The effect is exaggerated by the uneven rim.

This particular bowl was from a crotch piece, meaning where the trunk split in two. The resulting wood usually gets more interesting grain patterns than the straight stuff.

And of course, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun without a chance for my son to model the bowl as a hat.

I have lots of this wood. I want to make lots of beautiful bowls. There's a tool I can get that will allow me to get multiple bowls from one piece of wood, but it's kind of pricey so i need to sell a few of these larger bowls to pay for it. Until I save for that tool, you have an opportunity: I'll give you the bowl for labor only, ignoring the cost of materials, AND I'll give you the natural edge bowl for the price of a regular bowl on the labor ($1.50 times height times width, or $78.00 for a bowl like that shown.

I also have a bunch of sycamore that I can do the same with. Order today, and be sure to mention this sale.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

www.mugglewandmaker.com Now Up and Running

My favorite quick projects are pens and magic wands - they're nice, little packaged projects that I can start and finish in one session in the shop, so if I market them more than other things, that's because they're easier to fit into the busy life of a father of 5 boys. SO I'm quite excited that www.mugglewandmaker.com is finally up and running. I've posted all of my old wand postings from my toys page there, and added the wands I made at Christmas time. I hope to soon add sections like I have on my Design Your Pen page, letting you choose your wood, your shape, etc, as well as to add some information about wand care and a little bio about Muggle Wandmaker. In any case, I'm happy with how the page turned out, and wanted to say thanks to Endless Images Photography for the nice job photographing my sign and my sawdust pile so I could make the graphics for the page.

So, Harry Potter fans, visit the page, check it out, and if you don't want to be unarmed when the death eaters attack during the upcoming movie release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, order now before it's too late ;).

Company Profile

Hand-made classic wood toys, gifts, pens, furniture, kitchenware, and more, all lead free, most made from renewable wood resources, and all made in small-town USA. If there's something you're looking for, let me know and I'll let you know if I can do it, how much it will cost, and how long it will take. Some of my projects have included bunk-beds, shelves, frames in standard and custom sizes, coat racks, benches, rubber band guns, hand-turned bowls, segmented salad bowls, chess pieces, magic wands - Harry Potter type, etc.