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No see, no wood

Dear friends, I am in the unfortunate situation that I have macular degeneration. I cannot see, wood, inches and centimeters anymore. Therefore I believe my woodworking days are over. I want to say thanks too all my friends and foe on this site fo...

Craftisian Awards Are Back

Craftisian Awards are back after 5 years. We held the latest "Giving the Gift of Boxes" Awards in January of 2017 with the 15 awesome entries. Now, we are relaunching the revamped Craftisian Awards in a new monthly format. There is no designated ...

Wooden Boat Restoration

I have just had the joy of teaching short courses in Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding and Wooden Boat Restoration.  Each course 5 days long at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis, UK.  7 and 9 students respectively.  We covered tool sharpening,...

Amigurumi Potion Bottle #4: Bottle Lid

We could stop here but I wanted a cap for the potion bottle. Using the white yarn, I made a circle: √ 6 sc in magic ring √ inc around = 12 √ [inc, sc] around = 18 √ [inc, sc, sc] around = 24 √ [inc, sc, sc, sc] around = 30 √ sc around in BLO to...

Amigurumi Potion Bottle #3: The Potion Bottle

The insert is complete... and now to make the outer bottle. I chose a deep red colour for my bottle, as it was leftover yarn that was sitting nearby. Again, it is Camilla 6/4 and a 2.0mm crochet hook. √ 6 sc in a magic ring (leaving a long tai...

Amigurumi Potion Bottle #2: The Insert

To keep the bottle of essential oil stable inside the potion bottle, I decided to make an insert to hold it. For the insert, I suggest using the same colour of yarn as the top half of the potion bottle.  Using white Camilla 6/4 yarn and a 2.0 mm...

Amigurumi Potion Bottle #1: The Vision

With Valentine's Day just behind us, there has been a lot of talk about love, of course, and I guess that is what triggered my idea of making a potion bottle - love potion #9, perhaps. "What would that look like", I asked myself. √ Well, it wo...

Nanuk: Amigurumi Bear #3: Finishing Up

Nanuk is coming to life .. √ body √ head √ nose √ eyes Next: arms, ears, and a scarf for an added touch. ARMS (2, of course) > magic ring: 6 > inc, inc, inc, inc, 2 sc= 10 >, 8 sc, dec = 9 (we now have a paw) > 2 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, 1 sc > sc...

Nanuk: Amigurumi Bear #2: Body

Before we begin with the body, let's make the muzzle.  Why do we want to start here? Because, when we are making the face, we will want to add the nose/muzzle before adding the eyes. To do this, we are going to need yarn that is the same colour as...

Nanuk: Amigurumi Bear #1: In The Beginning...

With my latest crochet project completed, I went back to looking for an amigurumi animal that hand-size, rather than 18" or so.  Sifting through the photos of inspiration, I decided to make a bear.  I had made a bear before but, having skipped p...

Lola The Doll #5: Finishing Up

Well... I almost made it through doing the hair.  I have to admit that I got tired of doing hair and my "perfectionism" goal disappeared and my "good enough" mentality kicked in .... and I added a hat!  With the doll finished, a hat and dress fin...

MAKING A WOODEN GEARED CLOCK #2: DAY 2 - THE FRAME

2nd Todays Work Materials were prepared for the frame cutouts. The 18mm (a little less than3/4") birch this time. There wasn’t enough space to cut the half platters so the table saw was used as a work table to cut off what I needed with my saber s...