Processing film…

tmp_20140409151438_168261806Taking a little break from work and finally got around to processing my rolls of black and white film… I’m embarrassed to say that most of them are from two years ago.  I’ve been busy, but really, this only took me an hour or so, and its hard too believe I haven’t had an hour of free time over the last two years… It was exciting to see the negatives come out, but a bit bittersweet when I came across the roll where my Xpan died half way through.  I have resolved to spend the next bit of woodworking earnings on having it repaired so I can once again enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Heart Wood comb

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I had some spare time last week and I had just read someone’s post about wooden combs and how good they were and how they helped untangle his 4 year olds hair.  Well, I have a four year old, and she has tangled hair, so this seemed like a great project.tmp_20140324223615_1-877745839

I bought some purple heart especially for the project, I like to try new woods and my daughter loves purple, so this seemed like a perfect match.  I was amazed at how hard the wood was, and the sanding left a purple mess!  In the end, I was quite happy with how it turned out, and so is my daughter.  I won’t be making any of these for sale as I wouldn’t be able to charge enough.  A fun little project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etsy going crazy…

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I’ve learnt a lot about Etsy over the last few years.  I read up as much as I can about ways to increase traffic, how to draw people to your store, etc.  But sometimes I think it’s just dumb luck.  In the last week I have had a ridiculous number of likes and views.  I’m getting more views per day than I would normally get per week.  I’ve had more likes in the last week than all of last year.  The view to like ratio seems to be about 3:1 (ie. for every three views someone likes at least one thing they see).

 

While I’m excited about all the traffic, and I’m glad people “like” my stuff, it hasn’t led to a single sale….. yet.  I’m certainly not an Etsy expert, and it’s week’s like this one that leave me thinking I know far less than I once thought I did about the online craft market place.

 

I’ll be adding a few more items later this week to Etsy, stay tuned…

Medal Winning Performance!

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I had another post planned, then the above picture happened….  The guy with the huge smile on his face is greeting one of his team mates at the finish line of world Championships.  They have just won a silver medal in the relay, a huge feat considering the competition!  He raced using one of my custom rifle stocks, the design was a collaboration between what he liked and what I felt was best for him.  Very excited for him and his team mates, they really deserved this win after a long season of hard work!  Alex also had a 5th place individual finish earlier in the week shooting 17/20, his best International result to date!  Here is a link to the post about his stock.

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Repairs…..

tmp_20140228110647-1308837789Seems like everything broke this week…  I spent so much time trying to repair tools and various appliances that I didn’t get much done in the shop.  This morning the car had troubles.  I was at my wits end when my 4 year old asked me to fix her mermaid. While I didn’t finish a single project, I did at least reattach the head and make someone happy…

 

 

In the beginning…

tmp_20140217203515_1-813495107I’m away from my workshop this week doing some coaching, so I thought I would share my furniture beginnings….  The picture above is of the first piece of furniture I ever made.  I did it in shop class in grade 7 or 8, don’t really recall to be honest!  I had finished making all the projects in the curriculum so my teacher said I could make whatever I want. My dad suggested a bed side table, and I think he helped with the design.  its made from plywood and maybe poplar?  I hated putting finish on even back then so I think my dad put the stain and poly on for me.  There was supposed to be a drawer but I ran out of time and while I made the piece for the drawer front, 20 years later I still haven’t made the drawer for it…