Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where was I?

Three months ago I started making a home for a friends Isle of Lewis chessmen.  I have been lucky enough to have done most of the construction steps twice, including the construction of the internal dividers.  Initially I was trying to use some of my old cedar but it proved too soft and fragile to be able to cut and handle such thin pieces.  I remade the dividers with some hardwood and made internal covers and lined them with felt to keep the pieces in place during storage and transport.  The panels slip in under end cleats much like the Japanese toolboxes I have made.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Don't do it.

"I wonder if I could carve some salad servers from kiln dried Jarrah?"
Probably not is the answer.  I have spent more time sanding than carving.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Keeping the magic alive.

I'm back at work tomorrow so I have been making meatballs, eating cheese and crispbread and drinking lots of weak coffee to keep the Swedish holiday magic going as long as possible.  I have also fitted a handle to my new carving blade and given all the new knives a good test run.  The only knife I was really on the lookout for was the open sweep spoon knife but the prices were so cheap for the Mora knives I bought one of each of the carving knives.  I probably wouldn't normally have chosen these knives because they are longer than I like.  Watching the pro's wrap their hand around the blade to use the tip makes me a bit nervous.  I have discovered that if I pinch the work piece with my thumb and forefinger of my left hand I can use it as a stable fulcrum with my right hand driving the tip from the safety of the handle.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Roskilde highlights

Well.  Australian Customs have kindly allowed me back in the country with my bizarre collection of flea market souvenirs and I'm almost ready to start using power tools again.  Without question Roskilde was the highlight of my visit and well worth the detour out of Sweden.  The museum building itself was fascinating but the outdoor sights were just as interesting.