Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Latest item -crochet cottton dishcloths

It have been quiet the last couple of weeks but life has been busy!  The latest new item are crochet dishcloths. They are all cotton and about 9"x 9".   I will probably make some 7" x 7" soon as a more managable size.  Current price is $4 each. Great Christmas gifts and I will be adding more colors soon as well.
The plan is to be at Farmer's Market this saturday.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nothing new -sort of

So no new items. The garden and the picture above have kept me busy. I now have two Californian does and I am borrowing a Californian buck.  Hopefully in a few months I will have baby bunnies for sale (either for pets or meat.) The two above are mother/daugher and like to be together. I hope to get one more California or a Satin doe and eventually a New Zealand buck.
Still have a few whistles left, hopefully this Sunday I can get a bunch of woodturning completed.
Will have Bok Choy, Japanese Sweet Potatoes and some mizuna at Farmer's Market tomorrow.

Friday, October 12, 2012

New item - Old fashioned whistles!

I finally got the whistles done.  These are just the beginning. They are $5 each.  The whistle is maple and for now the 'flipple' is either walnut, cherry or birch. The flipple is the piece inside that actually helps make the whistle work.  They are colored and then buffed with carnuba wax for a slight shine and food safe protection.  A couple of the ones picture are already gone but I will be make more after this weekend.
Great old fashioned game stocking stuffers. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Demo day

Today I was doing a demo at Boonville Days at the Brazos Center.  It was a little quiet but I got some tops and honey dippers done so that is always a plus.  I also made my first whistle this morning before heading out.  It works so look to some whistles posted soon. I hope to work on some Sunday along with some new jewelry.

Friday, October 5, 2012

More mills and a demo

A few more peppermills that I finished this week.I have also done a few mesquite pens as well.
Production has been slow due to being at my brother's wedding last weekend.  Should be picking up now. There are tons of rough turned cottonwood bowls to finish and I am thinking about trying to make whistles. What do you think? Just simple one note ones.
I will be doing a demo Saturday Oct 7th at the Brazos Center for Boonville days.  I will also have my woodturnings and ceramics for sale as well.
Stop by and say hi. I will be making tops and honey dippers.
Some items in the next few weeks: new bottle stoppers, bowls.  Hopefully if I have time I will try the whistles and I have had a request for salt boxes.  I also want to work on the jewlery some more.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mini pepper mills and salt and pepper shaker set

Here is some other new items.  On the left there is a salt and pepper shaker set from a beautiful piece of maple burl that I have been holding onto for a few years now.
The other pieces are mini pepper mills (or you could use them for salt as well.)  The one on the left of the three is bubinga, then jobillo and then a piece of curly maple that has been dyed with yellow, blue and turoquise giving it a green apperence with a few bluish highlights. The picture really does not do it justice.  It has a lacquer finish with a carnuba wax over it to help bring out the color.

I do have one more style of pepper mill which I need to make.  If these sell well, then there will be more on the way.

Salt and pepper shaker set - $ 25
Mini pepper mill - $30

Update: salt and pepper shaker set - SOLD
Two pepper mills on the right - SOLD

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New stuff! - Wedding goblets

So here is a new item.  A wedding goblet.  It has two captive rings and the stem is spiral cut. 
One of these is going to my brother and sister-in-law to be (part of their wedding gift) the other (pictured right) is for sale.  The lighting makes it look like they are leaning but they are straight.  The wood is maple and the finish is food safe (walnut oil, beeswax and carnuba wax) but they are really a show piece. 
Captive rings are turned from the same piece of wood as the goblet. They are turned before the stem has been completed so they will never come off the piece.
I will be making more but the types of wood is limited since only close grain hardwoods will work with the captive rings and spiraling the stem.

Wedding goblet - $50

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Well, it has been awhile and Farmers Market keeps me busy.  I sold 4 bowls this weekend so I had to finish up some more.  So here are some new ones.  The bottom lighter ones are hackberry, the little one I think is sweet gum, medium size is sweet gum as well (I think) and the one in the upper right hand corner is Texas Sugar Maple. Pretty wood but a pain to deal and soaks up alot of finish.

Hopefully I will try to finish some wooden spinner tops in the next few days a post some pictures of those as well.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Stainless Steel Wine bottle stoppers - $25 each + shipping

I finally got back in the shop this weekend, after a major cleaning and this was the morning project, bottle stoppers. I have also got alot of pen prep work completed so hopefully I will have more 'entry level' pens for Farmer's Market this weekend. Plus maybe a bluebonnet pen as well. Sorry for the quality of the picture, I didn't have time to get the photo tent out. Also if you are interested in a particular stopper, just let me know. I will try to keep the post updated with the ones that have sold. (# 2,3 and 7 are sold.)

Monday, February 21, 2011

A long wait

Well, due to health reasons, my production is still very slow, almost no existent. I am hoping to pick it up this weekend, the garden is almost as much as can be done for now. Just a few more trees to cut down and I should be able to dedicate some time to the shop. I have to get some things done now before it starts actually getting hot.
Meanwhile I have been doing some new pottery when it was very cold the last month (to cold to be the shop!) I might try some pictures of those items as they are for sale as well. Plus they are mainly thrown pottery so it fits with the "Brazos Turnings" theme.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Exciting news!

Well, there has been an unexpected upgrade of equipment this weekend. After winning the grand prize of a new full size lathe I can finally start turning things larger than what my little jet mini lathe could handle. I still need to do some electrical work to get the 220 to the garage but hopefully by the time the temperature cools down enough to work in the garage I should be ready to go. So hopefully there will be salad bowls for Christmas this year!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer heat

Well, the summer is upon us and this slows the turning down quite a bit. Even the portable AC can't keep up. Plus with 6 broken ribs I am lucky to get the garage cleaned and organized, let alone some turning done. Plus the garden (brazosgarden.blogspot.com) has to be attended to or it will die. Priorities.
Expect the turning to pick up again in the next month (end of September) with some new stuff and also the Christmas season is just around the corner so ornaments will be coming as well.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hackberry Commissioned Pens

Well, the 4th of July was a busy day, in the garden as well as in the workshop. As you can see above I finished a group of pens. They are all from the same branch. I was commissioned to make pens out of a limb of Hackberry that had sentimental value to the family as it was at the Grandmother's house before she moved.
Pens out of wood that has sentimental value it a great and treasured gift. This is my second commission, the first being two pens made out of mesquite.
Prices vary on style of pens, type of pen finish (gold, chrome, gun metal, etc...). Also, the wood should be free of major cracks or the piece long enough so I can cut past the cracks/splitting. I can only tell that by looking at the wood.
If you have some wood that you might like pens made out of please of contact me via email.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Farmers Market, (Demo Day) and Texas Reds!

Well, tomorrow (June 19th) will be a busy day at the Farmers Market. It is demo day so there are different people exhibiting how they do their craft (since there is 30 min slots, that is not enough time to set every up and do a turning demo in 90+ degree heat and humid. Hopefully in October sometime I will do a demo.
It is also Texas Reds Festival so hopefully that will bring some early people in as well.
I have new bowls and pens and hopefully I can sell the rest of my wine stoppers. (This will be a discontinued item after the remaining stock is sold unless I get a large request. The parts have gotten more expensive and I am not sure the market would be very good if I had to increase the price to accommodate the more expensive parts.)
So come down 8-noon to the Farmers Market, pick some produce (I have tomatoes, peppers, fresh herbs and a little eggplant and squash) and some great gift items!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New templates

Just to give things a different look I have updated the templates on this blog and the brazosgarden blog as well. Sort of like moving into a new house. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Welcome to the jungle

Well, I have started the garden blog. Fairly boring right now with what I am growing but if you are interested the link is: http://brazosgarden.blogspot.com.

See you all at the farmers market this Saturday! (Should have italian zuchinni, zephry squash, fresh herbs (basil, dill, oregano, parsely) and small onions.

I am thinking of making an 'italian herb bunch' it would be something like a couple sprigs of basil, a sprig of oregano and a couple sprigs of parsely all fresh and tied together. Would this be something you think people would be interested in?

Let me know your thoughts.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Slow winter

Well, it has been a very limited woodturning winter/early spring. Except for some requests from the Houston gallery, I have barely turned the lathe on. Hopefully that will change as I finally got the insulation blown in for the garage and now just need to pick out the AC unit so I will be ready for turning in the Texas summer.
Also, with a Crop Science and Horticulture degrees I have started a garden. OK, maybe it is a small farm. (6 - 4'X8' raised beds, 2 - 3.5'X7' raised beds, 6 ft x15 ft spot for sweet corn and some raspberries and blackberries in large pots.) So I will have not only woodturnings but fresh produce this summer as well. I will try to start a seperate blog for the garden and if I get my camera and computer to cooperate then put pictures up as the garden grows.
I am behind two wedding gifts (goblets with captive rings) so that will be the first things to come out of the new 'shop.' Will post pics when I am down. I also have a 3ft section of cottonwood root that I am curious to see how it turns.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Huisache plate - $40

This is a Huisache plate, again from the same tree and it is either a deep plate or a very shallow bowl. It has a double bead rim and is 7.5 in wide by 1 in tall. It is not perfectly round due to the natural movement of the wood, but has great exable of the variation of color of the sapwood transitioning to the red heartwood.

Mulberry form - Sold

This piece of mulberry presented many challenges to me as the bark was really hiding was was beneath the surface. The hole in the side is a natural void of the wood and the blue is real crushed turquoise which is in many of the small voids and cracks of the piece. The inside was given a semi-gloss black stipple paint coat for texture and to contrast with the smooth outside of the piece. It is 4.5 in wide by 3 in tall.

Ribbed Huisache bowl - Sold

Another Huisached bowl from the same tree. This one has a little discoloration in the sapwood but the ribbed grooves on the outside make it a neat bowl to hold. It is 7" wide by 2.25" tall.