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New Cribbage Boards Available with Wild Textures, Colouring and Grain Patterns

I've just completed five new cribbage boards with some pretty interesting aesthetics. Please have a look at them on my Games & Puzzles page. When removing the bark with a mallet and wooden wedge, I uncovered this wild pattern on the inner bark. I think that the sapwood of this cherry tree was home to … Continue reading New Cribbage Boards Available with Wild Textures, Colouring and Grain Patterns

Making Without Compromises

One of the projects which I’m currently building, and designing along the way is a pen. It has months of thought already invested and I am building it to be the best. I do take pleasure in using and owning unique and fine writing tools (and other tools, too). I also enjoy indulging myself in … Continue reading Making Without Compromises

Making Mistakes

A friend recommended that I read Hogbin on Woodturning by Stephen Hogbin. I'm just getting into it, and found this comment on making mistakes (page 17): Mistakes happen almost every day and what counts is the ability to work with the situation... If you are not making mistakes your skills are not being tested or extended. Does … Continue reading Making Mistakes

Building More Cribbage Boards and Now Selling on Etsy

One of my goals for this year is to increase sales of my live-edge cribbage boards. I really believe in the product and sales have reinforced that belief. The biggest limiting factor has been supply, as I never had a decent supply of quality material suitable for crib boards, and an immense amount of time … Continue reading Building More Cribbage Boards and Now Selling on Etsy

The Incineration Plane

Using a hand plane to shave down a piece of timber is a delightful experience for all, regardless of age, woodworking ability or interest. There is something so satisfying about it. The slow pace of running a plane over a board can even be therapeutic. Cleaning up shavings, however, is not exactly fun. The curly … Continue reading The Incineration Plane

Can Good Tools Make You a Better Woodworker?

I am sure that most woodworkers appreciate good tools, and while fine tools may enable one to do better quality work than crude tools, a high quality tool will in no way compensate for a lack of skill or care. However, a good tool can certainly inspire the user to do their best work, and I … Continue reading Can Good Tools Make You a Better Woodworker?

Published in February/March 2019 Issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine

I have not one, but two articles published in the latest issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement! Turn to page 28 for the cover story, Learn to Work With Live-Edge Material for my advice on sourcing and building with live-edge wood. Live-edge material has grown increasingly popular in recent years. It has a very unique look, … Continue reading Published in February/March 2019 Issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine

Building Without a Plan

I am continuing to work through back issues of the magazine Woodwork and found this quote which I like: What I enjoy about my work is that because there's no sketch, you feel much freer about experimenting with where something might go, or how the thing might look. Michael Cooper in Hardly Davidson by David Colman, issue #49, page … Continue reading Building Without a Plan

Holiday Gift and Exhibition at Pitt Meadows Art Gallery

I am exhibiting my 18-Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzles and live-edge Cribbage Boards #16 and #19 at the Holiday Gift and Exhibition, on at the Pitt Meadows Art Gallery November 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Opening Reception is November 24, 2 pm - 4 pm. For more details, visit the Gallery's website. These items may be … Continue reading Holiday Gift and Exhibition at Pitt Meadows Art Gallery

Wood Sale Today and Tomorrow

It's time for the second annual Flair Woodworks wood sale! If you haven't already checked out my wood stash you can see pictures and read more here. In short, you'll be choosing from air-dried, live-edge slabs of local hardwoods. This is my personal collection of furniture-grade material. Whether you have a specific project in mind … Continue reading Wood Sale Today and Tomorrow