8 Unusual Wood Crafts

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Unusual Wood Crafts Wood Crafts with a Difference There are so many different avenues you can follow if you are interested in Wood Crafts. I hope this article inspires you to enjoy a wood craft which you may not have considered before. Many of the 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.   Christmas is fast approaching so I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full…

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6 Popular Wood Crafts Reviewed

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Popular Wood Crafts My Review of Popular Wood Crafts I have already written about these wood crafts in previous articles, so I have dedicated this post to answering specific questions about each craft, such as……. Equipment required Working space Return on time and investment Christmas is fast approaching so I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full details of your selection and many other suggestions Woodturning The main outlay required to commence woodturning is the acquisition of a lathe. There is a world of difference between the…

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Whittling….An Age Old Pastime

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Whittling Whittling………An Introduction 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.   Christmas is fast approaching, so I have selected some toys you could give to your family.  So what do you need to explore the wonderful world of whittling? Your one and only tool is…

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Marquetry – A Medieval Woodworking Craft

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Marquetry Marquetry – A Brief History Marquetry can be traced back to Mesopotamia in around 2600BC, where ivory was inset in bitumen to create a picture of daily and royal life. The first recorded use of different wood veneers and semi precious stones to decorate furniture dates back to the court of the Pharoahs in Egypt. The craft crossed the Mediterraneum to Ancient Greece where it is described in Homer’s Odyssey Book 23 and it became even more sophisticated at the height of the Roman Empire. (Pliny The Elder: Book 16)   Christmas is fast approaching so I have selected…

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Intarsia – An Introduction to this Exciting Craft

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Intarsia   What is Intarsia? Intarsia uses different shapes, thicknesses and species of wood to form a mosiac like design with a 3D effect. The grain and colouring of various woods are used to create the picture or pattern. The pieces of wood, which are cut out with a scroll saw, interlock tightly together.     History of Intarsia The art of Intarsia probably originates from East Asian ivory and wood inlay work. It spread to Islamic North Africa with the first Intarsia in Italy dating from 1430. This amazing self portrait. which was created by Antonio Barili in 1502,…

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Wooden Jewellery – An Introduction

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Wooden Jewellery….Creativity and Innovation At Its Best Making wooden jewellery is a highly creative and profitable craft to engage in. Wood is such a versatile material and so easy to work.   If you want to buy a piece of jewelry which is a little different, look no further than Etsy. Here’s a selection of the best jewelry I could find. Just click on the piece you are interested in to view full details.   There are two broad categories of wood……soft and hard. A softwood such as pine, Douglas fir, redwood, cedar and yew have a lower density than…

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Woodturning…….An Introduction

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Woodturning Wood…….What A Wonderful Material Wood is such a rewarding material to work with. There are so many different woods, each having their own characteristics…..colour, grain. knots, workability In depth books have been written about woodturning, so this article can only be an introduction to a truly fascinating craft. I have included a series of tips, links to YouTube videos and a bibliography of useful books at the end of this article.   Christmas is fast approaching so I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full details…

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10 Best Books On Wooden Jewelry

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 Jewellery Books revealing the secrets of wooden jewellery There are so many skills involved in making wooden jewellery……carving to turning, gilding to laminating and much more besides. This cornucopia of skills makes it difficult to know where to start.   As Christmas is fast approaching here is a selection of unique jewelry you can buy. Here’s a selection of the best jewelry I could find. Just click on the piece you are interested in to view full details. If you are a complete beginner then it is probably a good idea to pop down to the local library and absorb…

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Toy Automata to Whirligigs….The 10 Best Books

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Automata To Whirligigs Automating models and toys has fascinated generations from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. This short video by Stuart King called ‘Catch Me If You Can‘ illustrates the humour, design and craftsmanship that is required to make an automaton.     If you want to buy a toy which is a little different, look no further than Etsy. Here’s a selection of the best toys I could find. Just click on the toy you are interested in to view full details. Many books have been written about creating automated toys in wood…..here are ten of the…

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