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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How To Use Pinterest To Market Wood Crafts

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Pinterest For Affiliate Marketing My Top Ten Tips For Success with Pinterest I use Pinterest for marketing, as it’s so cost effective and user friendly. Pinterest ranks third behind Google and YouTube as the most popular search engine. It can take a long time to rank highly in Google, especially in popular market sectors. Preparing effective YouTube videos entails a lot of preparation so Pinterest is an attractive alternative. You will see much faster results with Pinterest for less input. My aim with this post is to introduce you to the benefits of Pinterest, whilst passing on some tips along…

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16 Exciting Scrap Wood Project Plans

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Scrap Wood Projects Recycle Your Scrap Wood Into A Useful Gift We all have scrap wood piled in a corner of the workshop, or, in my case, in the roof space of the garage. There are so many useful things you can make for around the house, in the garden or for gifts. Here are some of the best ideas I have come across. These creative woodworkers have gone to a lot of trouble to share their ideas with us, so please support them wherever possible. Just click on the image to open each craftman’s site.            Candle Holders Lots…

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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.  I have selected some unique, hand crafted toys, featured in Etsy’s catalogue,  you might like to give to the younger members of your family.    So what do you need to explore the wonderful world…

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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 Pharaohs in Egypt. The craft crossed the Mediterranean to Ancient Greece where it’s described in Homer’s Odyssey and it became even more sophisticated at the height of the Roman Empire.  I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on…

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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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