Projects

Butterflies and Dragonflies

Butterflies and Dragonflies

By Joe and Paige Paisley We designed these butterflies and dragonflies to use all of the small but highly figured pieces of wood we had lying around our shop. You can’t just throw them in the fireplace, and these little critters are great items to sell or give away. We hope […]

by March 20, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Layered Garden Bunnies

Layered Garden Bunnies

By Paul Meisel These delightful bunnies are easy to create and make great gifts or sale items. They are easy to make for several reasons. First, the shapes do not require precision cutting and, therefore, are very forgiving should you go outside the cut lines. Second, there are no inside cuts. […]

by March 18, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Easter Bunny Intarsia

Easter Bunny Intarsia

By Kathy Wise This versatile design can be made a number of different ways. First choose whether your bunny will be a solid color or have spots. Then decide if you will display the bunny on its own, add the simple base or include the Easter egg design. The project […]

by March 18, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
New Beginnings Intarsia or Fretwork Cross

New Beginnings Intarsia or Fretwork Cross

By Carol and Homer Bishop We designed this project to represent our faith and as a way to celebrate the birth and renewal of spring. Created with traditional intarsia techniques, which use only natural wood colors, the design lacked the impact we originally envisioned. We tried several different methods to […]

by March 10, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Frog Eye Plate Saves the Day

Frog Eye Plate Saves the Day

by Jo Schwartz Transform an ugly pine plate into a pretty piece of pyrography Pine is great for many craft projects, but it is not ideal for pyrography. Its grain alternates between being very hard and very soft, and becomes sappy in spots when subjected to heat. However, you might […]

by March 4, 2016 Projects, Step by Step
Celtic Knotwork Trivet

Celtic Knotwork Trivet

By Sam Willcox The Celtic Knotwork Trivet is a fun project that uses two forms of stack cutting to create a decorative or functional art piece. These fundamental techniques work together to make a very attractive project, but more importantly, the techniques can be used in many other projects. In […]

by March 1, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Textured and Overlaid Celtic Cross

Textured and Overlaid Celtic Cross

By Patrick Spielman Though it looks like a very complex project, this Celtic cross is surprisingly easy to make. It incorporates some overlay work, a special spray finish, and a little bit of woodburning. The project is so enjoyable that I recommend making at least two crosses at the same […]

by March 1, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Inlay Earrings

Inlay Earrings

By Theresa Ekdom These inlay earrings are an ideal way to use up the scraps of hardwood left after cutting your Christmas ornaments. You can cut several in a day as gifts for family, friends, or yourself! Start by stacking two contrasting colors of hardwood together by running a bead […]

by February 9, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Filigree Heart Frame

Filigree Heart Frame

By John A. Nelson Cut by David Penman With Valentine’s Day on the way, this graceful heart frame is a perfect way to show your significant other that you are thinking about them. The frame is beautiful when cut from an exotic hardwood. For youngsters, it can be cut from […]

by February 9, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Filigree Fretwork Hearts

Filigree Fretwork Hearts

Delicate designs make great Valentine’s Day decorations By Alison Tanner You still have time to make these beautiful fretwork designs inspired by intricate Battenberg lace for Valentine’s Day. The fretwork hearts make perfect decorations for Valentine’s Day. To make paper hearts, stack colored paper between two pieces of scrap plywood […]

by February 4, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects