Ignite Your Creativity: Embrace the Art of Pyrography

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  History of Pyrography Pyrography dates back to the heyday of many of the world’s great civilisations……The Egyptians, The Greeks, The Romans, The Nazca and Moche civilisations in Peru and the Han dynasty in China, where it was known as ‘fire needle embroidery’.   The word pyrography originates from the Greek meaning ‘writing with fire’. Less advanced cultures, like the Maoris in New Zealand, also practiced primitive forms of pyrography. All they needed was a piece of wood, metal rods of various sizes and a source of fire.   Getting Started Safety  For your personal safety you should follow these guidelines….. Ventilation: Work…

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Kumiko…. The Ancient Art of Woodcraft Mastery from Japan

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Origins of Kumiko Kumiko originated as a unique Japanese artform in the 8th Century during the Asuka period. The traditional wood used in Kumiko is Akita Cedar or Kiso Cypress, which is long lasting, durable and bright in colour.   The Best Wood To Use Nowadays it is advisable to start with basswood, which has small pores, no grain lines, pares easily and is consistent in colour. It is also comparatively soft, which allows you to achieve a tight fit when assembling the pieces.     Assembly The wooden pieces, which are traditionally cut by hand to an accuracy of…

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The Magic of Green Woodworking….Tools, Products And Skills

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Green Woodworking…… Yesterday and Today Green Woodworking is enjoying a revival now that the planting of trees is  recognised as an important way of reducing global warming. Indeed wood loving craftsmen of the past are now regarded as the first conservationists, as they harnessed the attributes of wood in a sustainable and renewable way. The common thread in green woodworking is the use of freshly cut, moist wood that has not been dried or seasoned. This allows for easier manipulation of the wood and the development of unique, organic shapes as the wood dries and settles over time.

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Wedding And Christmas Gifts…….Extra Special Thoughts From You

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Our Selection Of Wedding And Christmas Gifts The wedding gifts I have selected are mainly made from my favourite material…. wood. Towards the end of this post I review the ways you can personalise products using a variety of techniques. Charcuterie Boards Select from five styles and gift sets, finished in different colours. Personalised with a choice of ten options. Made in Florida and dispatched to the UK. Large Name Signs Made from Baltic plywood and painted with high quality metallic paints. Full range of lettering to enhance your venue. Made in Canada and despatched to UK     Wedding…

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Furniture Restoration – A Fascinating Craft

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Furniture Restoration …Recycling At Its Best Furniture Restoration repairs the ravages of time….stains, scrapes, loose joints……but with a little tender loving care you can restore furniture to its former glory and enhance its value. In its simplest form furniture restoration is applying a stripper, scraping the old finish off, sanding and applying an attractive, modern finish. Of course the furniture may also have structural problems to repair like loose joints or broken legs. The following project illustrates some of the techniques used in furniture restoration. Restoration of an Art Deco Desk This desk was acquired, for free, from a yard…

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8 Unusual Wood Crafts

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Introducing More Unusual Wood Crafts Wood Crafts offer many interesting opportunities to pursue a new hobby or launch a small business. Many of the wood crafts mentioned below have books written about them. I can only scratch the surface and point you in the direction of useful resources, like books, videos and posts. Kinetic Art Kinetic Art is ‘art which depends on motion for its effects‘, so all kinds of materials can be used for kinetic art not just wood. You must view a piece of kinetic art in action in order to appreciate the skill required to create such…

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Three Exciting Jewellery Projects To Make

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  Jewellery making needs very little space and only a small outlay. What’s more you can use innovative techniques to make your creations  look more expensive than they really are! This post features three jewellery items, a brooch, earrings and a necklace, which will show you the techniques used to create these popular pieces.

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Whittling….An Age Old Pastime

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Whittling…..an age old pastime that goes back to the time of our distant ancestors. If you are feeling creative but have little space, no tools, no budget and little time, then whittling could be for you. The craft of whittling, the baby brother of carving, involves shaping a small piece of wood into an attractive design using a pocket or craft knife. Quality Wellness Products at Affordable Prices   Also An Outstanding Business Opportunity  at So what do you need to explore the wonderful world of whittling? Your one and only tool is a knife. Choosing a Knife The traditional…

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