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I’ve been making paint

IMG_0387I’ve not had a lot any success with home-made paint before. But I think I’ve cracked it this time.  Started with some brick red.

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Heavy computer case man.

I made it with water, lime pigment and a little linseed (flax) oil.  It took a while to dry and then was powdery, so I sealed it with a couple of coats of finishing oil.

Had another go today.

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Looks even heavier in black. (I’m surprised at that knife stuck in by its tip, a wet handle is hardly a sufficient excuse. – Ed)

This is mostly charcoal & raw linseed oil with a little red to get some lime in as I forgot to take it to the woods. I then started wondering, how about using it to get an antique finish?

IMG_0384This is a little test panel I made in early days of green oak decoration.

I wonder …

07267008_2Dare I, should I?

Made some spatulas after Owen Jones pattern:

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Owen’s at left.

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One good apple in the barrel …

We’ve been to RHS Wisley garden too.  The orchard was grrreat, good job I had an healthy appetite.

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One of many, many varieties.

They had some good oak benches too.

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Proper bench.

Made by these chaps.

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Maker’s mark.

Soon be Christmas.

Sometimes

I think I make life hard for myself sometimes.

I make garden benches in a particular style.  The style avoids many square angles, straight edges and all those luxuries that make joinery easy to fit together.

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Starting assembly

Who else would use round peeled oakwood for a crest rail, combined with slabbed waney-edged chestnutwood for a saltire back, and riven hedgerow oak for end frames?

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Embryonic end frames

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Saltire components

Making mortise & tenon joints can be demanding; just how does one lay out the two joints to fit the armrests – where does the front through tenon fall, much deliberation, center finding, and, well, some guess-work, I guess.

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Chase the mortise

I’ve found that a full-sized drawing can help with some dimensions.

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How long’s that arm rest to be?

Starts to come together gradually.

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Getting there

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Later

I should stick to helping people make bears.

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Bear & fox.

But then, there is some reward in going out on a limb.

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Clothes rack detail.

Reusing 17th century carving motifs.

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Sycamore chopping board

Redesigning the iPad from the outside:

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Thicker, heavier.

Ah, perhaps life’s not so bad, after all, I do have the privilege of living in God’s Own County (Yorkshire, where it’s always sunny).

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Culloden Tower, Richmond, North Yorkshire

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Richmond, Yorkshire

IMG_0288Cockpit Millennium Garden, Richmond Castle