Friday, 10 February 2012

Snow and Stars

Stars and Snow
or snow and stars

Coloured stars made from birch plywood, these will soon be part of moon and stars mobiles.
This was our neighbour's hedge a few days ago when the snow had just fallen. Whebn the snow goes away, I'll give the hedge a trim, before the birds start nesting in it.
At the bottom of the window is our cat Humbug, taking a very dim view of the cold snow, and wondering why the madman with the camera is wandering about in the cold.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Recycled wood

Recycled Wood
I use a lot of recycled wood from  variety of sources.
Drawers from old furniture are a good source of a variety of thin timber.
Beech sewing Machine bases like this are common, and aren't worth mending, but are a good source of solid, well seasoned wood.
Recycled materials aren't necessarily cheaper than new ones, when you take into account the time spent preparing them, and removing nails and screws, but there are a lot of advantages.
Often I'm using material which  would end up in landfill, or be turned into chipboard and I have built up a stock which would be expensive to match in new wood, and may not be available from renewable, or ethical sources.
There is very little waste from this, good clean wood is used for making automata, or tools for sale, the wood that is marked or stained is used for jigs, or parts that are not visible, and what is left goes on the firewood pile.