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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
I have made several of these Yarn Bowls for people who like knitting.  Apparently they are a useful aid to controlling the ball of wool.

This particular one was made from some Rowan which was very kindly donated by Spencer Manufacturing Ltd.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
All shapes and sizes of lamp bases are possible, but several people have asked for these pebble lamps.

The one shown is in Hornbeam, which I think is the best because it actually looks like real stone.  Fortunately they also work well in Yew, which is far more available.

Unfortunately, they take an awful lot of both wood and time to make, so it can take many months between asking for one of these and it being finished.




Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wooden coasters are a very attractive and practical proposition. They can be useful on the dinner table but larger versions make good stands for plant pots.

The ones shown here are in Oak and Black Poplar.  The Oak was from some old skirting board but the Black Poplar grew alongside the Bread Walk until a storm blew it into the river in 2018.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
This honey-dipper was made for a friend who has honey in her porridge every morning.

It was made from Yew, but would work well in most woods.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Someone asked for a couple of wooden shaving bowls and these are made from Yew. 

The wood for lidded boxes and bowls needs to be fully dry (ideally kiln dried) or the lid will soon cease to fit.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
A friend needed to dispose of a rifle which was also a family heirloom, and so he asked if I could make him something out of the stock for him, as a keepsake.

The wood is American Walnut and this lidded trinket box (about 4 inch diameter) was the largest thing I could get from the piece.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wooden cord pulls are an attractive alternative to the standard plastic ones that are often delivered with lights and fans.

The three shown here are in spalted Beech and Yew but they can be made to match your existing woodwork and/or designs if required.







It's always nice to have a new challenge and I particularly enjoy it when somebody ask for something unlike anything I have ever made before.

The items below are a selection of some of the special commissions I have made recently for friends or for Friends of Whitcliffe Common. 

Obvously, the ability to make such items is dependent on the avilability of suitable wood, but  it it very rare that something can't be found!
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
A friend ordered some coasters, but also asked for a container to help keep them tidy.

This was from the branch of a Sweet Chesnut that fell off a tree on the Common in 2019.  Sweet Chestnut can be very prone to splitting, but it worked well here and the grain figuring on this is particularly attractive.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
A friend-of-a-friend wanted an ornametal piece to convey the concept of "great oaks" and "little acorns".  And needed it to be made from Whitcliffe wood.

After several iterations, this was the end result. Made from an Oak branch that fell off a tree on the Common in 2018.

The tree and the acorn were easy - getting the base to stay flat was a nightmare!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
And another, this time in Yew..