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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rocking Iron Horse

It's been a slow going as of late with this dreadful Mississippi heat and all, but here's my latest work, another Rocking Iron Horse. If any of you seen my previous ones, then you'll notice this one is stained a little differently. Yes, that red is stain, not paint. As some of you know, I don't like paint on kid's toys. All paint eventually peals, cracks, chips, or fades. Stain stays while also showing the wood's grain beautifully.
This train is made entirely of solid cottonwood. I never use plywood or particle board. All screws are countersunk and covered with plugs. The only exposed screws are under it, attaching the train to the rockers. I do this because I have had customers in the past remove it from the rockers and use it as a display piece.
Another big difference, even if it is hard to see on the photos of this one, is the mounting. In the original plans, it calls for a fore and aft board across the rocker runners to mount the train to. On my previous trains, I thought this to be a bit tacky. So, on this one, I installed pads under the frame to mount it with, therefore eliminating the runner boards. I like this style much better.
I chose this color scheme over the past ones, because I wanted to create a train that more resembled the old darker trains of the past. So, what do you think? Is this design and color scheme a keeper? Click on the comments tag below and let me know.
As always, if anyone wishes to purchase this one or has any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Last Supper

Here is my latest portrait cutting. It is The Last Supper, a pattern I ordered from Wildwood Designs. The cutting measures ten inches by twenty inches. It is cut in cottonwood. The backer board is stained ebony. The frame is made of mahogany. This portrait is so nice that I had to cut two, one to sell and one to hang in my own home. There are two keyhole slots cut into the back of the frame to hang it on. Please contact me if you are interested in puchasing one of these cuttings.

Pirate Shelf

Here is a neat little shelf I made from a pattern I got from Steve Goode over at Scrollsaw Workshop. The shelf is three quarter inch thick while the back is half inch. You can't see it in this photo, but the two shelf supports are pirate swords that look rather unique. It is made of cottonwood and then stained with dark walnut stain. The shelf part has keyhole slots at the back to hang it with.
As usual, if anyone is interested in purchasing one, please contact me and let me know.
Soon, I will start back to listing items on Etsy at my Wooden Memories site. I haven't been able to find a better way to sell my projects online without having to raise prices to the customer, which I am not willing to do. Etsy does a good job and accepts major credit cards and Paypal. So, for the time being, it is the best option for all concerned for selling and purchasing. If anyone has any other ideas, please let me know. Thank you all for taking the time to look at my projects.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Decorative Saws

These are some decorative handsaws. There are three different designs, the eagle, the wolf, and the deer. The saw blades are made of cottonwood, while the handles and the stands are made of mahogany. As usual, if anyone is interested in purchasing one, please contact me.
If anyone is interested in cutting these for themselves, you can download the patterns for free from Scrollsaw Workshop at

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Poke Chop

Meet Poke Chop, the rocking porker. This rocking pig is made entirely of cottonwood, and, like most pigs, he is heavy. He is made of solid wood. The rockers and the bow is stained a dark walnut color, while I stained the pig pecan.
Anyone who is interested in purchasing Poke Chop can contact me as usual. However, shipping will be pretty much cost prohivitive due to the weight. Therefor, it will be local pickup only.