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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crafting With Coconut Shell - Making A Kalimba

Coconut shell is quite an interesting material - underneath that bristly exterior, there is a lustrous dark shell that can be polished to quite a lovely finish.

In this article, I take a coconut shell and make it into a little musical instrument.
 

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Decorating A Shirt For Christmas

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We had a 'Christmas Jumper Day' at work.  Trouble is, the office that I work in is too hot for me at the best of times - there's no way I'm wearing an additional layer.

But it's for charity.  I can't just sit it out - so my solution was to print my own Christmas-jumper-style shirt.
 

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Old Into New Times Two - Making Over An Old Workbench And Upcycling The Old Benchtops

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The wooden tops of my trusty old folding workbench were starting to look really beaten and worn - time to make them over with some lovely new hardwood.

After I finished doing that, I also had a great idea for repurposing the old scarred and worn bench tops into something unique and new.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

More Drink Can Tinwork - Star-Shaped Box

tinwork4thumb.jpgMore tinwork fun with drink cans. This time for a star-shaped box with a convex profile - the design is still a bit half-baked, but I'm putting it up here in case anyone wants to experiment with it.

(Article updated October 2016 with video tutorial to make this item into a shabby-chic Christmas tree ornament)
 

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Upcycled Foraging Knife

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I wanted to make a one-off little knife to use when I go foraging for mushrooms.  I made this one out of cheap junk.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Floating Wick Oil Lamp

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Here's a really quick and simple way to make a floating-wick oil lamp, using materials that can be easily found anywhere

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Making A Koncovka (Slovak Wooden Flute)

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I fancy making a musical instrument. Trouble is, I'm no musician (well, I can play the harmonica and pan flute to a mediocre level).

So I was looking for something that requires a bit of intuition, rather than dexterity in the playing. The Koncovka seems to fit the bill exactly - read on to find out why...

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sliced Tree Bowl

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This is a project based on a woodworking technique that I discovered (or maybe invented!) completely by accident.

It's a wooden bowl made from slices of tree trunk - the clever part is that nature provides the curvature...

 

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Making A Wooden Whistle

DSCF0951thumb.JPGThis was a quick Saturday morning project to do something that's been on my To Do list for years and years - try to make a wooden whistle completely from scratch.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pewter Casting With Cuttlebones

cuttlebone2.jpgMy daughter is working on an art project related to postal services and asked for my help with a bit of metal casting - this seemed like an ideal opportunity to do something I have heard of, but not yet tried - pewter casting into cuttlebone moulds.

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