Winding down for Christmas…


Adirondack style rocking chairWell I made 7 more shadow boxes! Wife loved them so much she decided they were perfect presents for her, sorry our friends. Not really had time for very much else. Combine that with the weather and its not been a get and go sort of month. I have done quite a bit of internet searching though. Very impressed with some of the sites I have found. There is everything from simple plans to complicated courses; you can even watch what to do on YouTube. I found it all quite fascinating.  The wife has even introduced me to Pinterest and got me started with a board, been putting items I fancy making on it, mind you so is she. Already got a table and rocking chair on there! I quite fancy keeping it simple and plan to make January my bird table month so keeping an eye out for one that is unusual, not too complicated and functional. I also been thinking about doing some woodcarving, but that is not at the top of my list yet, although did find an interesting site that suggest starting with one tool, now that idea I like, not spending a fortune on tools I might not even use again is a good plan to me. Another site I want to mention is Lees wood projects, well explained and good plans but I especially like his safety page.

My ego takes a battering.


Building shadow boxes to hold  a variety of items

Shadow box containing family tree

Well had two projects on going this month. Priority no 1, the wife’s. Now my wife likes to wander the internet looking for inspiration and then expects me to come up with the finished result, plus her minor alterations. The newest project is shadow boxes, basically fancy shelves to hold her what nots. I had very clear instructions as to size, shape and decorating – oh yes I have to paint them as well as put them up in the correct place -something that can take hours. I learnt many years ago not to fix them in place at the first suggestion, but to let her try them in multiple places until the desired effect is achieved then I get my drill and wall plugs and fix them up. Oh yes forgot to say not only did I have to make them but I got a printed Martha Stewart ‘How to’ sheet. Seems I’m not to be trusted after the kite debacle.

Building kites the  2 skewer box kite

Oh yes the kite. My grandson asked for a kite, well that simple enough isn’t it? Apparently not because he wanted a 2-skewer box kite. I knew what I was doing, ha! As you can probably guess it was a complete and utter failure,  first off it was way too heavy and my  battered ego took second place to my grandsons disappointment. So taking the wife’s advice I searched the net and found an excellent site which clarified where I had gone wrong – wood to heavy being one. So I now have a happy grandson, an even happier wife cause she got to say, “ I told you so” and a much better appreciation for the uses of the internet.