Wood Crafts A to Z ………Part 2……M to Z

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Wood Crafts M……..Marquetry In Europe wood veneers were being used to decorate church furniture and panels in Italy from the 11th Century, with particularly fine examples being created in Sienna and Sorrento. In France marquetry became extremely popular during the reign of Louis X1V (1643-1715), where Andre-Charles Boulle, a master craftsman, worked in the royal workshops. He used a variety of materials…..brass, silver, tortoise shell, pewter, ebony….to create exquisite craftwork. Companion post  Marquetry – A Medieval Woodworking Craft Christmas is fast approaching so I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on…

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Wood Crafts A to Z …………Part 1… A to L

Woodworker Marquetry

Wood Crafts A…….Automata  Making wooden toys, which can be animated by a series of hidden cogs, gears and pullies, has been around for centuries. The amazing contraption featured in this video illustrates what can be achieved by a skilled craftsman….. Catch Me If You Can Companion post Toy Automata To Whirligigs B……..Beads Wooden beads can be very useful in jewelry making. You can color wash and decorate them to create an exciting range of necklaces and bracelets. Companion post Three Exciting Jewelry Projects Christmas is fast approaching so I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy…

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Three Exciting Jewelry Projects To Make

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Jewelry Made From Wood Wooden Jewelry….that looks really expensive! Making jewelry 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 jewelry items, a brooch, earrings and a necklace, which will show you the techniques used to create these popular pieces. 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…

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Enhance Outdoor Living With 10 Self Build Projects

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Outdoor Living Prepare for Outdoor Living with these DIY Projects To enjoy outdoor living does not cost a fortune. Here are a few ideas…. Patio Table Drinks Holder Patio table drinks holder Keep those valuable drinks cool with this cooler box made from a reclaimed pallet. Excellent step by step instructions and lots of photographs. FolkArt Home texture chalk paint was used to give a slight texture and a matte, distressed finish. The holder was given an antique appearance using a stain to distress the paint.   Christmas is fast approaching so I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted…

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Scooter For A Small Child

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Building A Scooter  A Scooter……a child’s first wheels Scooters have come a long way since I was a kid. Nowadays they are shiney chrome with an electric motor……when I was growing up they were  made of wood and you had to provide the foot power. This is the style of scooter I’m going to describe today……a retro scooter for a small child. Wood Our scooter is made from pine, which is sealed and varnished. The wood required is…… For the Runner Boards, Handlebar and Handle Bar Upright 11/4″ x 11/2″ PAR For the Neck      2″ x 3″ For the Platform    …

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Swing That Makes You Fly

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How To Make A Swing Swing which flies! Making a swing for any child is a true labour of love, but when it’s for your own child or grandchild, then that’s extra special. A swing, featuring a biplane, will bring a smile to any child’s face. 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. List of Materials    (all dimensions are in inches except where stated otherwise) 1 No….

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