Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Industrial Strength Grip Tray

'Get a Grip'

This is a great woodworking project for anyone.  It doesn't take much in the way of supplies or tools and it is a highly practical and useful gift to give someone or yourself.

Everyone needs a place to put your loose change and keys.  You might as well have a place to put your phone and wallet too.

That's why I have been making 'Grip Trays'.  Industrial strength and hand crafted these grip trays give you a beautiful place to keep all your important grip in.

These solid wood grip trays are hand crafted with a recessed area for your change and keys. On one end there an amble area for your phone or wallet or both.

wood tray to keep change and keys in
You can see in the photos the recessed area which is rough sculpted. That sculpted bottom makes it easy to pick up coins when you are on the go.

wood tray to keep phone, keys and change in
These trays are 18 inches long, 7.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep.  The phone in the photo is an xl phone so plenty of room.

wood tray to keep change and keys in
Each end is finished off with a steel bar that adds to the industrial look and stabilizes the wood from ever warping.

end view of hand crafted wood coin tray

Many coats of a clear finish add a perfect luster and gives each tray outstanding durability.  These trays have a rustic industrial look but the finish gives them a silky smooth feel.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Two New Small Sculptures

I created two new small industrial sculptures.  They are both inspired by the ancient Japanese aesthetic of "Wabi Sabi".  

This first piece is titled, 'Clipped in Red'.  The piece stands 6 inches high, 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep.  It is created with industrial materials and found object.  This sculpture sits on a marble stone base.

small wabi sabi sculpture

small wood sculpture with found object

small industrial sculpture side view

small wabi sabi sculpture side view

The second piece is titled, 'Twine and Steel'.  It measures 5.25 inches high, 4 inches wide and 1 inch deep.  It is created with industrial materials and found object.  This sculpture sits on a marble stone base.

small wood sculpture

small industrial sculpture

close up view of small wood sculpture

side view of wabi sabi sculpture

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

An Expression of Love, Vol. 2 - Woodworking Tutorial

You can create this small desktop work of art and become a hero to someone speical. This heartfelt gift will become a treasured and cherished keepsake for a lifetime.

This is the second in a series of DIY tutorials on creating a special gift for someone special.  The tutorial demonstrates a complete step by step process that leaves nothing out.  It takes you from picking out the wood stock to shaping it, to how to prepare it, to exact explanations on embellishing and painting.

both sides of a tabletop wood sculpture
Both Sides of this small Tabletop Sculpture

This small tabletop or desktop wood sculpture is titled, 'Love Note'.  It stands 9 inches high and sits on a marble stone base that is 3 by 6 inches.  The title Love Note comes from the scrolled paper note on the top of the piece.  This scrolled paper note is your opportunity to express your affection for someone.

You know you love creating and working with your hands.  This is the perfect gift to create for those special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, weddings and just to say 'I Love You'.

Heart side of small desktop wood sculpture
The Heart side of this small Desktop Sculpture

DIY tutorial on making small wood sculpture
The Hugs and Kisses side of this small Desktop Sculpture

This exhaustive tutorial is only $15.00.  It is over 60 written pages with 38 beautiful still photographs and 43 short videos that total 103 minutes of demonstration. To learn more and purchase this easy to understand tutorial go here.