Going to an auction..

There's an auction twice a year in a village nearby. All profits go to a good cause, so it's a matter of looking for one or two things between all the goodies that mostly would have ended on the skip, if it wasn't for the opportunity to donate it to charity. I did find a few items which I thought at least would be usable and became part of the bidding wars. Well, no, as a matter of fact it was more a case of helping out the auctioneer begging for a raised hand among the chatting and laughing crowd. I bought an antique little mantelpiece clock for 3 Euro's, some coloured sand...

However there were 3 items that were marked in my 1 euro stenciled catalog. They made me spend money...
 Yes the first 10 Euro's went to a saw, needs sharpening, but one with the quality of days gone by.

The second 10 Euro went to a tenon saw, and it's of an excellent quality, same brand and just needs sharpening.
 And well, at the bottom of my wallet a found some more to spend, 14 euro's this hand drill went for, it came with a few really good, sharp and well cleaned bits, of which one is adjustable. No, it's not metric but who cares.....


Natural edge wooden buttons...

About 2 years ago I sliced up a branch from our fig tree and put them in a jar to dry. Over time I made buttons out of them and as I came to the last ones here's a way of colouring them to match the sample of wool I got. Of course they were sanded an had a few holes drilled in to them...

Step 1: black wax
Step 1: black wax

Step 2: cleaning up

Step 2: cleaning up

Step 3: smoothing surface with very fine "scotch pad"

Step 3: smoothing surface with very fine "scotch pad"

Step 4: making them shiny with a soft cloth..

Natural edge buttons that go nice with the wool...


Artisan Fair, Delivery of a Desk and a new shop dog!

Every now and than we'll attent an Artisan market or car boot sale. Most of the times that means loading up the old soapy green van with all kinds of secondhand stuff, tables, sunshades and of course the items made in the workshop. This time we tried a different approach by taking the latest project we finished a some smaller workshop items. The Desk, for a schoolgirl, made out of a recycled old panel door, some hardwood door frames and loads of other reclaimed wood was the base of our mini exhibition. The buyer agreed that we put it on display before delivering it to her house, after the fair. Business cards were handed out and nice conversations ended with the hope of getting a few orders in the future.

Going to a Artisan fair combined with a flee-market brings you in contact with lots of people, all kinds of little opportunities to expand the toolbox and sometimes something special. This time we went home with something very special; a new family member.

After trying out if our almost 20 year old Fatih could cope with a 10 week old wild little creature for a few hours at the fair, we decided to take Ella home. She comes from a nest of nine and her foster parents saved Ella (named after a famous jazz-singer) and her brothers and sisters from a certain death, because their mother, a stray dog, just could not feed al nine of them. It's a decision made from the heart rather than with any common sense, since our 19 year old little man needs a lot of attention also these days. Luckily Ella is a fast learner. I already taught her the essence of having a siesta. I hope soon she will learn how to fetch and understand the difference between a mallet and just some piece of wood, something a "shop dog" should know!


A Rock n Roll Birdhouse!

Yes, it's this time of year again! Challenges! Sadly we couldn't find a 2x4 for the yearly challenge this time, but we made an entry for the Summers Woodworking Birdhouse Challenge 2016!

And here's the video on the making of:


Reclaimed wood, a very nice way to create new!

Yes, another project is done. The stairwell fence is finished and installed. It looks good although all the wood used is reclaimed from hardwood shutters that were hanging outside for 2 decades. This process proved that it's worthwhile to safe up stuff other people throw away.

Thanks to a local builder I got a van full of old doors, shutters, and windows, from which there's only a few left. Som of the doors were cut down for furniture, some were only useful as firewood. Most of the windows found a place in a wooden cabin owned by friends, half of the shutters ended up in our garden as the doors for a tool cabinet and the others, well this is the result. It surprises me how fast that van full of wood turned into other usable items. It means I will have to look for more....


A Stairwell Fence....

2 weeks ago we made a video about our new DeWalt and KWB saw blades and tested them out my making more than a 100 cuts of mahogany, ripping down old shutters... now we are making something from that wood. A Stairwell Fence. This could be part 1, as there are more parts to be made.


Starting a new project with lot's of sawdust

It's commonly known that you have to make a mess to get to something beautiful... on this project we're going in to the extremes when it comes to sawdust...

More than a 100 rip cuts to make spindles out of old mahogany shutters.

And many passes thru a router bit to fit square into round holes.