Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Upcoming Projects: Libraries and a Shadow Box.

A Busy Spring Already, and It's Not Even Spring.

One library(left) is ready to go. Stock for another sits under a birdhouse.

Old Londontown has been under a warm spell recently, warmer than I like in mid - late February. That being said, I'm taking advantage of the mild jolt and getting stuff done inside the workshop. Not that I'm open for business, but I'm busy already.

One library, high and dry inside the shop, is set for delivery, while three more are under way.

Stock for two more libraries is ready to sand, then assemble.

Birdhouse plans are getting dusted off and a new shadow box idea is percolating. I'll start with a shadow box ASAP - to show off the faded piece of T-shirt below - in order to inspire my upcoming season of walking and jogging.

"POLSKA 1956" commemorates achievements of the Polish Wunderteam.

I wore the T-shirt for many years, until the material started to develop holes here and there. Though there are still a lot of holes in my fun and fitness routine, I feel my comeback is well underway.

More to follow from The Workshop.

Please link to Artsy Fartsy Bicycle Gear 1: Shifting to Creative Touch

Photos GH

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Workshop in Review, 2016 (6).

If a North Wind is Blowin'.

Curved roofs are very fussy work.

I have good neighbours. No complaints so far about the noisy table or chop saw I set up outside the workshop on a warm, sunny day. No complaints from neighbours to the south of me about pine or cedar dust floating in the air.... because, if a north wind is blowin', they're going to be the first to know.

I don't do many birdhouses with curved roofs because they are very time consuming. Most roof slats have to be passed through the saw at least twice to get the angles right. However, once the job is done, I do like how they look. And since I have none left on basement shelves, others must like them too.

Other birdhouses have straight roofs but just as many fussy bits. Fortunately, I have room to spread things out.

After I build a few fussy models I relax for ten minutes, then start a few easy ones! : )

A squirrel box is a Big Easy. They take up a lot of space, but only for a short while. 

The inside is divided into two levels. A side door opens for viewing.

Even before the squirrel box was delivered, I was busy with several basic red and western cedar models. Dust was a flyin' and blowin' south.

A major repair followed to the London Majors' birdhouse - a four-plex that took a beating - late one dark and stormy night.

 Roof damaged; logs are coming apart; chimney and flag missing.

 Even the osprey got a wee touch-up!

Hmmmm.... something's missin'

The chimney! Ready for another London Majors baseball season

More Photos From Along the Way:

 Don't throw out yer wooden spoons!

Please link to The Workshop in Review, 2016 (5).

Photos GH