In our previous blog, “What do carver John McClung and Woodcraft have in common? – Part 1“, we featured new walking sticks offered by Woodcraft (Item #153534 at your local store only) and our carver, John McClung of Custom Carved Mantles, who carved two of the wood spirits as a fine example for us.
If my kitchen were to be radiocarbon dated, it would fall somewhere between the fall of Rome and the discovery of electricity. My house, built in 1920, originally didn’t have much in the way of kitchen cabinets. One tall cabinet, secured opposite where the original stove would have been, was all the home’s Roaring 20′s inhabitants required. Sometime between the birth of rock-n-roll and the summer of free love, the home’s occupants decided they were going to need some place to store their Correlle and Tupperware. A decision was made to renovate the kitchen.
Designing and creating cutting boards have never been so easy. In addition to offering conventional square cutting board designs and products, Woodcraft has added new contoured design templates for you to make special shape boards for any occasion. This is an idea that came from the heart of our Woodcraft product design guys, George Snyder and Ben Bice. When they’re not at their desks, they can always be found in the woodshop, coming up with new innovative and fun ideas for you to make in your woodshop. On top of that, they spend whatever spare time they have teaching and helping all of us at Woodcraft.
It’s the time of year when the air turns crisp and the colors abound in nature to inspire ideas as the holiday spirit starts to come alive with creativity in woodshops everywhere. When we think of Autumn, the aromatic flavors of fall fill the air with pumpkin pies, apple desserts, canning for the upcoming winter months, kids playing in leaf piles, bonfires and sawdust! Fall festivals with homemade goods featuring crafts and hot apple cider begin to pop up in many communities. Many types of woodworking projects can also be found, like these pumpkin creations by woodworker, turner and carver, Rex Kenyon. We asked Rex to create two different style pumpkins, one for Halloween and one for Thanksgiving, and here is what he came up with. You’ve got to take a serious close-up look at these pumpkins shown left to determine if they indeed are fruit or wood! How did Rex make these come to life? Let’s find out!
It may be easier to buy
those plastic handled pumpkin cutters at your local mart store for this
project, but where is the woodworking fun and challenge plus an opportunity to
go to your favorite woodworking store and talk shop at Woodcraft! We have all
the items required to make these tools in case you don’t already have them in
Christmastime is one of those perfect times of the year to make someone a special handmade gift. So I took to the shop after Thanksgiving, stepping away from my lathe and decided to do something different. With my daughter Maddy’s growing interest in baking, I decided to make her a heirloom Recipe Box as a Christmas gift. I purchased a Bubinga board about 6 ft.in length x 11″ wide x 3/4″ thick from Woodcraft. It had such beautiful figured grain and sort of a pink-brown color to it, perfect for my 16 year old. It has been a number of years (about 35!) since I’ve done any flat work, back in my Boardman High School days in Ohio, learning under the tutelage of Mr. Haug, my woodshop instructor.
Various methods may be used in cutting a blood groove or juice channel in a cutting board. Here is one way it can be done. This cutting board was created with some exotic woods about 6 years ago and found in an attic. At the time there were no handles or blood grooves cut into the board. It found it’s way to my desk after handles were added with a request to add a juice channel for meat cutting. It was decided to add the channel on one side only, leaving the opposite side for vegetable cutting use.
In our previous blog covering the introduction of Paulownia Wood, we had several inspirational examples by some very talented woodworkers. In this follow-up blog, we will cover the “How-To” on building the Japanese-style Toolbox we showed you from that article with our product manager, George Snyder. This ultra-feather weight wood is the key factor in using Paulownia for this build. The box with shelves, weighs less than 8 lbs, making it an amazingly lightweight yet strong toolbox, despite loading it with various tools when completed.In our previous blog covering the introduction of Paulownia Wood, we had several inspirational examples by some very talented woodworkers. In this follow-up blog, we will cover the “How-To” on building the Japanese-style Toolbox we showed you from that article with our product manager, George Snyder. This ultra-feather weight wood is the key factor in using Paulownia for this build. The box with shelves, weighs less than 8 lbs, making it an amazingly lightweight yet strong toolbox, despite loading it with various tools when completed.