Cherry Blossoming In All Its Glory: A Sakura Sojourn in Japan 2024

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The Beauty of Cherry Blossom in Japan Cherry blossom time in Japan is magical, as nature presents its ultimate floral show. Not only do trees offer such a variety of materials for our crafts. but they can also be beautiful beyond words. The flowering of cherry blossom trees, known as sakura in Japanese,  has been celebrated for over a thousand years throughout the country’s poetry, literature and art.

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Wood Crafts……..Creative Pyrography, Jewellery, Toys, Furniture and more……

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A Warm Welcome to ‘My World of Wood Crafts’ Just click on an image below to open the relevant post or look down the categories in the right hand sidebar. Pyrography Pyrography is one of the best wood crafts to start from home…inexpensive to set up, only needs a small working space and there are a wide range of products you can personalise. The best wood to use if you are a beginner is basswood with willow and aspen as alternatives. Basswood is light in colour, readily available and has an unobtrusive grain pattern….. Jewellery Making wooden jewellery is a…

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Beat Inflation With A Pyrography Side Hustle

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Finding A Profitable Wood Craft  Pyrography, Woodturning, Intarsia, Marquetry, Jewellery are all crafts which offer the opportunity of generating a supplementary income. However many of these crafts do not create a worthwhile ROI (Return on Investment) both in terms of money and/or time spent. LeadsLeap…The Outstanding Site Management System So lets look at the potential of each of them…… Click on the image to learn more about that craft. Woodturning Pros  High quality products which are useful and attractive Can use recycled timber which is environmentally friendly Cons Lathe is expensive to purchase A dedicated workshop is required Marquetry and Intarsia Pros…

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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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Cable Reels……16 Great Ideas For Their Transformation

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    Cable Reels…. So Many Ideas For Recycling Cable reels can be upcycled in so many ways,,,, I hope this post will inspire you to create your own innovative designs.  Here are a few pros and cons when it comes to cable reel furniture….. Pros…… The wood has been treated with preservative, which penetrates deep into the fibres, so the cable reel will not rot. Although cable reels  may have been treated with insect repellent and anti-fungal products, any harmful properties will have been washed away over time by the weather. Larger cable reels are very heavy, which is…

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How Mental Health Is Improved Thro’ Hobbies Like Wood Crafts

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How Mental Health Is Improved Thro’ Hobbies Mental health can be improved so much by pursuing hobbies like woodworking. It is important in these difficult times to carry on with activities we enjoy.  Taking up a hobby could be the answer. Research shows that having a hobby lowers levels of depression……in fact it can eradicate feelings of depression completely. Drugs prescribed to alleviate depression are not always effective. Indeed they can make matters worse. Doctors now recognise that pursuing a hobby can have a positive effect on your mental health. The reason why hobbies make you feel more content is…

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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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