Most of the stuff that I do is in woodwork. I have set up a page with more details of how I built some of my projects. What are shown here are the final products.
|The mirror frame was made from some recycled oak. It wasn't long enough, so I joined two pieces together. The joint was supposed to be a decorative dovetail and a noticeable feature, but it's pretty close to invisible.|
|This is lots of hexagonal slices cut out of pine glued together on an MDF base. There is a lot of variation in grain and knot structure in pine which gives this table some character.|
|The first box I did was simply an exercise in marquetry. The box is just plywood glued together with a veneer.|
|The next boxes I did used a teak substitute called iroko. The decorations on these are all inlay work.|
|I acquired about 5000 mahogany blocks from some friends. I sent them a thank you card made from the wood.|
|A bespoke blanket box. I have a separate page describing how I made this.|
|An easy thing to make out of my mahogany blocks are stools. For more on these stools go here.|
|Small tables (1, 2 and 3) can also be made from these blocks ...|
|... and wastepaper bins.|
|You can also make light pulls from the mahogany blocks.|
|For once, this table was not made from my mahogany blocks! The top was made from a slice of an ash(?) trunk which had interesting fungal markings. The legs and base are oak from Ickworth Wood Fair. The table is a marudai.|
|My partner does a lot of embroidery and wanted a tressle for her larger slate frames. These generally cost more than £500 (in beech). Fortunately, she came up with an excellent idea/design that used commonly available softwood that avoided joint cutting.|
|Back to using the mahogany blocks again. This is an offset table that fits nicely around my sofa.|
|This table uses the same blocks, but I have cut them into triangles (384 of them!) and formed a mosaic from the accurately cut pieces. I'm not doing this again in a hurry.|
|Of course, the marudai (see above) has not been used for its intended purpose. It seems that it makes an ideal table for holding a cup of tea! So Nik wanted a similar table made with a bottom heavy base so that it is less likely to fall over. I then decided to hollow out the base using a router so that things can also be stored in it as well.|
I also like printing, mainly relief work using lino.
|I first went on a course at West Dean ...|
|... and then one at St. Barnabas Press.|
The rest I have done at home mainly using my Adana 8x5.
|I hadn't realized that it's been 11 years since I last did a lino print! Here is my old chapel, Bethel, back in Porthcawl.|
|One of the most cost effective courses I have been to at West Dean was the framing course. I now frame all my prints and photos myself. Karen wrote up some notes from this course.|
|Over the years I've got into the habit of making my own cards for various occasions. Most are my own design, but where they are not, I have tried to give the reference to the book from where I got the design.|
|Shortly after getting a digital camera, I started joining my pictures together - mainly since I didn't have a wide-angle lens on my camera.|
|I did a mosaic course run by Paint Magic in London and also Making Mosaics in Saffron Walden. I enjoyed doing these, but am looking for ideas for a (not too ambitious) project to do.|
|The course I did for this was run by West Dean again. Here are some notes that were done at the course.|
The Biggest and Best!
This combined leaded glass work and some glass painting.
|I've also done some copperfoil work with variable results.|
A friend alerted me to an excellent glass painting product - Vitrea 160. You paint this onto glass, let it dry for 24 hours and bake it in the oven at 160°C.
This is a bit of a failed project. I thought about making a full-size tepee for my god-daughter. To test out the design I made a scale model which could be used by my god-daughter's Barbie. Scaling the model up, I realized that the cost of the material would be prohibative considering that play tents could be bought for about £20. Also I realized that I found sewing tedious.
|Not really art, but I think that these chocolates that I made look quite good.|
|The Hexenberg Cake - a new take on an old favourite.|
|The Gothenberg Cake - not my original idea, but still fun.|
|Some lovely eyeballs for Halloween (lychees, blueberries and strawberry purée)|
|This gets space here since this is the first picture that I drew in school. Back in those days, apples were redder, juicier and much bigger.|