Monday, 3 March 2014
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Saturday, 8 February 2014
It's been a pleasure working on this new cat box over the last month or so. I had almost as much fun making the box for the box. It's more or less a tomobako, (a traditional japanese box used for ceramics) but with a slightly different way or tying the strap. It also comes with a little boxwood mouse, held in place by a dragon seal.
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Sunday, 6 October 2013
After what felt like an eternity of polishing I'm finally finished with this carving knife. It's made from an old rusty chisel (which could hardly look more different after it's transformation) and a reclaimed chunk of ebony (in the form of a discarded elephant).
More reincarnations of the elephant will materialise shortly.
Friday, 4 October 2013
Here's my new tool box, and the doodle that inspired it.
It's been a month or two in the making, and it's about double the size of my previous boxes.
It's made out of maple with holly inlays for the teeth and eyes, and of course ukibori freckles (that are much better viewed in raking light).
The tricky thing to get right with this box was making the cut for the opening of the box descend below the hair, yet remain a near invisible join when finished.
The edges of the jaw could be a bit vulnerable to damage, so it's a design problem I've been trying to solve for some time.
After a lot of head scratching I finally figured out how to cut the head to make the jaw without cutting the hair. It's a remarkably long winded process, that gets results practically nobody will notice, not to mention it's a great way to induce glazed eyes in anyone I describe it to. I'm very pleased with how it turned out all the same.
Friday, 31 May 2013
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Here's my latest box, the bumps on his nose are made using the ukibori technique I briefly described in my post on the Pickle man. These bumps came out really nicely, even if I do say so myself.
Here's a bit of background information on the work I've been making lately:
These strange little boxes came about as a way for me to teach myself wood sculpture and functional woodwork while on the road. It's a tricky past-time if you don't have a workshop or much in the way of tools so theses pieces have been designed to be light and useful enough to justify lugging around with me.
Their design also reflects the limited range of tools I've had access to, as well as there need to be lightweight, For example; the grooves for the cord are gouged out in a curve, rather than drilled, so that the inner dimensions of the box can mirror outer ones, making a lot more space inside the box and protecting the cord from damage.
When I do finally get my mits on a workshop I'm planning on making all sorts of weird and wonderful things, but until then, this project is a great way for me to hone my technique, and get good at carving noses.
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Okay, I've finally made full lino print of 'Sometimes, even tigers get lost'.
No more tricky Chine-collé for me! I always seemed to glue most of the tissue paper to myself.So a last I have some available on Etsy, and as I'm staying in one spot for a little while, I don't have to set my Etsy page to vacation mode while I'm on the move.
Saturday, 29 December 2012
Friday, 28 December 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
I'm almost finished with this box, only the ears to go, and a little polish here and there.
It's also a portrait of it's owner to be, so I'm glad that it has turned out to be quite cute after the hair and eyes where painted. The main body of wood is cherry, with holly eyes and teeth, the ink is Sumi ink, which is made out of pine soot and resin.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Thursday, 1 November 2012
Sunday, 8 July 2012
This is the my second attempt at box making. It's a prototype to see how well this design works before moving onto a more complex version. I have plans to make a two compartments box where the eyes will open when the top compartment is opened.
Again it's made form a hardwood plank with box wood inlays, the cord runs through the wood in a curve which was really fiddly to do.