Twin Talk at the kitchen table, episode #1

Twin Talk at the kitchen table, episode #1
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For those who don't have the talent to recognize irony, a bit of sarcasm and humor... don't watch this video.


The making of a Portuguese "CBG" called Amália

Well, technically it's not a cigar-box guitar because the (new) box was made for 3 small sample bottles of booze, Port to be precise. The name Amália has everything to do with a Portuguese Fado-guitar being the inspiration for this build.

More detailed pictures on Triple Chaos

The neck of the CBG is made out of an ax-handle,the fret-board and the head-stock out of a piece of some reclaimed Brazilian hardwood that used to lay on the floor at a Portuguese mansion. The frets are just steel nails and the tuning pegs are 4 mm threaded rod with little aluminium blocks that came of a front-door security rack. The nut and bridge just a few old bolts.

The hand-rest came from a drawer of an 1930's Art-Deco cabinet and the sound-hole covers are 80 ct's kitchen-sink strainers. The string cover on the back came from a suitcase handle. The only real guitar part are the strings, which are re-used once that weren't broken on one of the Bluesbarn Studio guitar's. The picture of Amália was contact printed on the wood, other detail are glued on and the whole body was stained with "Nilzone" and covered with a few coats of "Glitsa" varnish. 


New Workbench, T-shirt and about a knitting queen...

This is my “new” workbench / glue table. Completely made out of reclaimed materials.

The base is made from two old KLM (Royal Dutch Airways) flight-cases which I had for 10 years and were used in a former life as cases for PA equipment. The top is made of an old sheet of underlayment and small pieces of different wood and sheet material, all laying around the workshop. The vise (on of two) was a trade against some other things. It’s an old “Nooitgedagt” Dutch vise that I only had to paint again. The clamping system is made out of a few old table legs.

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Wool spindles

How exiting things can be. These wool spindles will find their way to Aspatria in Cumbria UK. Thanks to Jen at the Knit & Purl craft shop.
Round wool spindle
Turkish wool spindle

The complete set

Ready for shipment to the UK


A birdhouse for a wild canary

Our Entry for the Summers Woodworking's 2nd Annual Birdhouse Build Contest. Inspiration: The Wild Canary.... All about the Summers Woodworking Second Annual Birdhouse Build Contest


And here's Toby's entry to Summers Woodworking's 2nd Annual Birdhouse Build Contest 2014. Toby is our expert when it comes to software in the Bluesbarn Studio and a  very good guitar player. On his last day of the summer-holiday he used the table-saw and the miter-saw for the first time, well, it's his first woodworking project ever! The birdhouse is made out of recycled wood and other materials! Oh, by the way, he also had time to record the background music for this video!


#11.1 Bird watching, inspiration for a birdhouse contest.

Yes, we want to join the Summers Woodworking Second Annual Birdhouse Build Contest. But where to start? How to get the inspiration for a unusual birdhouse that isn't made before by somebody else? Walking in the woods along the river Zezere, being followed by ghosts and voices, I found my inspiration... the wild canary!
All about the Summers Woodworking Second Annual Birdhouse Build Contest