It’s a serious question. Last summer I bought a partial drum set. It came with a bass drum, chain driven pedal, 3 toms but no snare. It needs new heads, and some hard ware. A high hat and a cymbal would be cool too. Even in its present condition It’s fun to hit the toms and play around with rhythm patterns. In fact the cat has started playing the kick drum with his tail. Since I don’t want to be shown up by the cat I really want to fix it up and learn actual patterns and fills. The time is now!. It will be loud and I will probably end up with a bruise or two. Does anyone have any tips for someone new to drum repair and drumming? Continue reading
I can’t believe it but the 2016 fifty ninety challenge has begun! I have been organizing instruments and cords, so many cords so recording music is on my mind.I don’t have a very high tech or professional set up. I have a messy signal chain that could definitely be improved .For instance I really need something to block the background noise and humming that comes from my house and its weird weird wiring. My set up is simple, I record my guitar (or keyboard) part and my vocal part together, every once in a while I will lay down a few guitar tracks and then record a vocal line but doing it that way takes a lot of time, which is something that I don’t have lot of when it comes to song writing challenges. Continue reading
I was lucky to get a pick up truck load full of barn wood two weeks ago. I have not made anything yet but it is some really lovely stuff, with lots of character and history. Wood is constantly changing. It loses moisture and shrinks, it absorbs moisture and expands. One of the cool things about working with wood is how it can be altered by its environment. What is nice about this selection is there are several wide planks, 12″ 13″ and 14″ and there are several boards over 6′ long. Wood like that can be difficult to come by. There are sections that are unusable because they are too dry but a majority of the wood is usable. There are 3 short 4″x 4″ posts, one piece that is 1″ thick, and the rest of the wood is planed to 3/4″ or 1/2″ thick. I am excited about working with this new wood.
I also came across some nice pieces of pine last week. I am rip cutting one of the pieces in to 2″ wide strips to use for a frame in a table that I am working on. My table saw does not work so I am using the circular saw to make my cuts. I have gotten pretty good at making straight cuts but there is occasionally a board that is a little wider or narrower. When that happens I just clamp them together and use a hand plane until they are the same width.
I am working on my bio and artist statement for the Art’s Guild. I always struggle with those kind of projects. I live in Vermont and I work with wood sums it up for me, but I need more than that. Honestly I have trouble self identifying as an artist. I am getting more comfortable the longer I do this but it still feels weird. If I want to sell my work wholesale I need to get over that. So no more putting it off. I will finish my artist statement this week.
We went to the thrift store a couple of days ago trawling for bargains and future projects. Our local good will usually has a ton of weird cool pieces, I have found funky fabric, vintage lamps, odd paintings, drum kits and lots of furniture. This week the selection was not as good as usual. but it was still fun to look. Continue reading
It’s been a struggle keeping up with all of my projects. Much of my workshop time is devoted to making and planning Christmas presents. It happens every year, I neglect ongoing projects in favor of last minute gifts that I should have made earlier and I don’t get back to my usual schedule until at least MLK day. I don’t know if it is the holidays or what but the coffee table mosaic that i started way back in October took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I put the last pieces in for the dry fit today. Continue reading
I have been working on lots of small projects, looking for local,craft shows, and coming up with new projects for the winter. I have a pair of shutters that I am thinking of turning into a bookshelf. They are pretty worn, which I like. Somebody painted them black once, but It wasn’t the right kind of paint so it’s peeling. Once I sand the rest of the black paint off I will clean it , then I wipe it down with mineral spirits. After I clean up the shutters I will put a clear coat on it to seal it and prevent anymore paint from peeling. It won’t be a very big shelf. The shutters are only 3′ tall at most. It will only have three shelves, a top,shelf, a center shelf and a bottom shelf. i am still coming up with a material for the shelves. I have some old wood siding that would be perfect,but I just don’t know if I have enough. I don’t know why but I have been thinking a lot about the silo we use to live in. It really sucks that it’s gone, but I have a piece of the silo in the workshop. It’s about 5′ tall and 3′ wide, it’s a section of the north west wall. The outside section has horizontal boards and the interior section has vertical boards. I’ve had the piece since before the fire. The town made the owner put a proper egress window, and to do that they cut a section of the wall. I kept it when we moved, I hoped to make something cool, but I am at a loss. I could make benches, a couple of tables, maybe shelves? Since the silo fire I worry that I will make the wrong thing. It may be one of the last pieces of the silo left and I don’t want to mess it up.
Jess 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, and 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, 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.
I 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.
I used the scroll saw today to cut a mini guitar/ukelele out of some scrap pine. I think it will be a clock, or one side of a small shelf? I haven’t used the scroll saw in a few months and I wanted to practice my cuts. I will be cutting the half moon shape for the gout bench handle with the scroll saw and I wanted to see if the saw was up for a 1″ thick piece of wood. It twas a productive day, I made progress on the mosaic for the gout bench handle too. I am gluing up some squares into a checkerboard shape with a rectangle border. Once it is dry I will cut out the half moon shape, and attach it to the handle. Once the handle is done the gout bench just needs one more round of sanding, some oil and final assembly. I have more scrap wood, my mom connected me with another woodworker who had scrap to pass along. It’s nice to get a variety of scrap wood. It’s fun using wood from so many sources and it ensures that no two pieces will ever be quite the same, and I like that.