More Items for the Etsy Store

WIN_20151030_103421I am working on more planes. I have one that just needs to be glued and it will be complete. It has a poplar body with a walnut tail. I don’t know what kind of wood I used for the wings. It was in one of the scrap wood boxes from another wood worker. All I know is that I like the look of the wing wood, and  I hope to have 2 or 3 planes done over the next two weeks to have available for holiday shopping. Christmas is less two months away. My mother brought me a wood working book with small toy plans and some furniture plans. It’s very comprehensive, it includes cut lists, the needed tools etc. . . There are some cool plane designs and car designs that I would like to build.   I have never been very good working off of plans, which is why I reverse engineered the original plane.   I prefer to let a piece take me on a creative journey to whatever it becomes, but sometimes you need to know ahead of time that you are making a 2″ square cube with a piano hinge lid and the letter A attached to the front.

WIN_20151030_102417I am trying to crank out at least 2 puzzles a week. I have cut three this week so I am ahead of the game. The walnut snowman has grown on me, I sanded him and put on a light coat of stain and I think he looks cute now. He is listed on Etsy for 11.99. I was going through my inventory today and I realized that  I have not listed any of my pumpkin puzzles on Etsy so while we are still in this harvest season I put a small pumpkin puzzle on Etsy too. I used a scrap piece of rough cut pine and I like the way the wood grain resembles the lines on a pumpkin. The pumpkin is listed for 7.99.

A pool cue and a table

IMG_20151027_133950Jess and I went for a drive Saturday and I picked up some things to use in the shop. I bought pool cue for a dollar. I have three pool cues that I have found over the last year or so and I needed a fourth for an idea I had for a table, I am hoping to make a little end table with pool cue legs. I also grabbed this strange little end table for $5. The top is badly damaged, but I will be able to salvage the legs and the apron to re use with a mosaic top. The top of the table has a frame that will make a great mosaic frame, and there is a medallion on on side, that looks like it was added by a previous owner, andIMG_20151027_133732 The top rotates. There is a mechanism underneath that allows the table to spin. I have seen a lot of game tables, in fact I have one that I have been trying to restore for ages now, but most of those have storage underneath, this has no storage. My guess is that it is either a game table or a puzzle table. I did a little research today to make sure I did not have something rare,IMG_20151027_133736 I found an identical table that sold at auction for $25, so I think it’s safe to take this one apart. It does have a date stamp, it’s marked OCT 25 1954. The funny thing is I bought it on October 25, 2015.

Like Brighids Workshop on Facebook

IMG_1797I am on facebook! Last week Jess set up a business page for me so I can have a social media presence.  It will be a great way for me to announce my show schedule as well as connect with people. I have been a bit of a Luddite when it comes to facebook but it’s good for business to be listed,and my mom and Jess have been adding links and curating it for me, so thanks for that..  I have a new banner. It’s been a big help at shows, it just makes the whole set up look more professional. I have had it for a few months now. It is made of outdoor vinyl , has a picture and has my information written in orange. It is really cool.

let it snow!

WIN_20151023_192130Crazy weather we have been having it’s 70 one day and 30 the next.  It did snow last week and it feels like it could happen again today so it seems a good time to make winter products. I have been working on snowman puzzles in preparation for the season.  The first one I cut was okay. I did not like him that much, his arms seemed to short for me and I simulated his face with small drill holes. I think it was suppose to give a button like effect. I made another snowman, cut this one a bit bigger and this time I used a  sharpie for his face. I like his look better. The big guy was cut from an old shelf that had been painted white. I will do at least one more coat of white on him, and I  plan to paint his hat black. The little guy is made from walnut and I am going to sand him and use a water based stain to finish him.

WIN_20151023_191911I have also been working on plane puzzles, I have cut two so far. I thought it would be simple, they are small and most of the pieces only have one connector to cut. When I cut the first plane It was too loose, so if you picked up the puzzle it would fall apart, the second puzzle is tighter but I have decided that the plane puzzles really need a frame. So I made a frame for the second puzzle, painted it red and painted the plane orange and yellow. Seems to be a color scheme I like at the moment. I am glad I tried the plane puzzle, it’s good to try new things, it’s the only way to really learn.

Making a coffee table

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Coffee Table Legs

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Last year at Norman’s Attic I bought a yellow coffee table apron/leg for $5.00 hoping to use it for a table. It’s rather large and I have been staring at it for over a year wondering what I to do with it. I thought about taking barn board, cutting it to length and making a very simple coffee table. I really wanted to make a mosaic for it but I did not have a piece of wood big enough to use as the base so I moved the yellow base around hoping for inspiration.  I found a piece of wood that will fit the span and I started work on the coffee table a few days ago. Continue reading

Oktoberfest

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my booth

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me working the booth

Had a great time at oktoberfest last weekend. The weather was great, the leaves were pretty and there were lots of people out having a good time. Pumpkin puzzles were my big seller. I also sold peace puzzles, and dog puzzles. I got some leads for upcoming events, which is great.  I handed out a ton of business cards and did a lot of networking. I am not good at networking but I am getting better. It’s all a learning experience. All and all it was a great day, I saw old friends and made new ones. Our booth neighbors were Touch of Peace Farms from North Bennington. They were great neighbors and they make an amazing maple syrup.

more puzzles

IMG_20151006_180037I cut some more puzzles this week. I had some unexpected difficulty cutting  pumpkin puzzles. I found some scrap maple and thought it would make a nice pumpkin. It had other ideas, It was thick maple but I can cut wood up to 2  inches thick on my scroll saw so I thought it would work. It did not. The basic shape came out okay but there was a lot of skipping and it took a lot of pressure to keep the wood on the saw plate. The skipping and hopping  impacted the integrity and stability of the puzzle. IMG_20151004_185402Every puzzle is different, some are a tighter fit  than others, but as long as they stay together I call it a successful cut. I test the pumpkin puzzles by lifting by the stem. If the pumpkin pieces stay together when I lift it up by its stem than it is a decent puzzle. The maple puzzle did not stay together when I did the stem test. I moved on to a pine pumpkin puzzle and cut the tail on the stem too narrow snapping it. I gave up on the pumpkins for a while and moved on to a peace sign  puzzle. I cut a large peace sign and moved on to a small peace puzzle. I managed to cut a knotty piece so the  small peace puzzle pieces were useless.  IIMG_20151003_191449 did not want to finish on a failure so,I cut out one more peace sign and cut out a train silhouette puzzle. I stained  two  pine pumpkins and I painted a peace sign that I cut out last week. The perimeter pieces i painted red and yellow and the internal pieces are orange. It was a pain to do but it looks neat. I also made another small mosaic piece. Not sure what it is yet, a small table?  A wall hanging? Or perhaps a,tray?

October Projects

walnut pumpkin

walnut pumpkin

I am working on finishing some old projects and starting new projects.  I added a few more items to my etsy store. I am working on getting a selection of my work together for my application to the Bennington Arts Guild. I need two pieces and 3 images of my work made in the last 3 years.  If I pass the jury process I will have to put at least one item in the guild store.  I looked at the form today and they need an artist statement and each of the 5 pieces needs a tittle.There are other artists who work with wood but they don’t have anything quite like what I do, so hopefully I will pass the jury panel, wish me luck. It takes about a month for them to decide so if I can get it all  together in the next week I should know their decision by mid November. Continue reading