I decided to challenge myself after seeing an article on using up bits of scrap timber. I bought some wee round magnets and had a dig in the scrap bin.
The results were impressive, to me at any rate. Fridge magnets, or any metal surface really. These are stuck to our boiler.
Top to bottom, they are:
Elm from a fallen branch off’f the tree in the garden – finish is CA (superglue)
Mystery leftover from a pen blank – finish is spray acrylic
Laburnum – finish is spray acrylic
Elm burr, leftover from a fruit bowl I made in 2013 – finish is Chestnuts friction polish.
I also made another wig stand. This one is alder, with a cherry stem. Finish is Chestnuts friction polish.
The huge crack in the base and crown were filled with powdered brass and CA glue.
It’s very messy stuff. I ended up with it stuck in an eyebrow when some glue splashed. Lesson #546445 always keep the face shield on – even when wood is not spinning…..
I have an unfinished project from last year I need to get my head round, and I should think about getting started on this year’s personal challenge piece.
In previous years I have challenged myself to:
The gum-ball machine
The fruit bowl
The giant hourglass
The Showman’s engine
And of course last years challenge which is still to be announced. I have an idea in the far-flung reaches of my addled brain for this year, but need to clear my head first.
As always, thanks for looking.