Woodcraft Product Development Mgr. Ben Bice demonstrates the A-Z knowledge on how to turn an acrylic pen.
I found a different aspect of carving while at the New England Home Show. Rich Borden’s Handcarved Root Baskets displayed a unique attraction and different idea for the use of a different part of the tree. Rich uses cypress tree stumps and roots to create these one piece beauties.
If milk paint were invented today, it would be touted
as a “no-VOC miracle finish,” but the real miracle is that it’s been used since
the age of pharaohs. Despite a simple list of ingredients–casein, lime, clay,
and pigment–milk paint still ranks as one of the most user-friendly and
forgiving finishes sitting on the shelf. Sold in powdered form, the water-based
paint applies easily, dries quickly, and wears like iron. Unlike latexes or
alkyds, milk paint will not chip or peel.
One thing that will take your woodworking capabilities to the next level is being able to machine your wood to the exact thickness you choose. It frees you from having to design your projects around the board thickness available in the local store and it allows you to make your own book-matched glue-ups and veneers.