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11  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: March 16, 2015 07:04:21 AM
I have been working on WIPs for the past couple of days.  Trying to clear out stuff so I can start with something new.

I made a spoon to go with the fork I made earlier.

I also made a twisted knot, just for fun.  This is about two inches long.

A very long spiral, just to see how long I could make it without breaking.  Nearly seven inches long and stained with a cherry stain.

A couple of moravian star ornaments.

More baby spoons and a full size spoon of the same design.

And a couple of short spirals.  I'm changing this design, so I needed to finish these up.

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12  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: March 14, 2015 06:09:35 AM
Happy Ultimate Pi Day! 

I carved a pi symbol from an ivory piano key.

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13  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: March 13, 2015 02:46:59 PM
I think all of the amis are adorable.  What are the zippers for on the bottom?

And I love the idea of the inks.  I must put this on my list of things to do before I die or quit crafting, whichever comes first. Grin

I made another box for our charity drive.  This one has a slider lid.  I'm trying to make different shaped boxes with different lids.



I also carved another walnut spoon.  This one is from the same log as a couple of my celtic knots. I love the figure in this wood.



And for grins and giggles, I carved a kiss and a hug.  All carved from one piece of basswood, the X is loose inside the O.

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14  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: March 08, 2015 06:10:51 PM
Today is International Women's Day, and the 20th anniversary of the first time I displayed and sold my own art work under the Pinokeeo's name.  To commemorate the day I made a set of coasters out of a piece of firewood.  The markings on this wood was made by Mother Nature.  I got lucky.

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15  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: March 04, 2015 09:47:05 PM
My projects for the day.

My first carved baby spoon.

And I tried an experiment with my boxes program.  These boxes have no lids and they all nest together.

and look like this when opened up.  All diamond shaped.

This was part of the leftovers from my herringbone box.
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16  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: March 02, 2015 04:58:36 PM
I agree the fork is big, about a foot long.  It's supposed to be for cooking or salads, not for eating with.  I'm still working on making them different sizes.

I also made my very first ladle today.  This one is from the crotch of a sweet gum tree that we took down last week, so the wood is still very green and easy to carve.  I was also trying out a new spoon gouge that my son gave me for Christmas. Smiley

Please note:  The handle is crooked and the spoon is not round.  That's the natural curve of the piece of wood.

I'm also up for corrective criticism on these few pieces.  I want to improve them as much as possible.
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17  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: February 28, 2015 08:48:40 PM
Love the hoops and the cat, and I'm intrigued by all these prayer flags.  I'm not sure what they are for.

My latest effort.  Just a very large fork.  It's not finished yet, and I want to try to carve a spoon and spatula to go with it, but it's something for today.

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18  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: February 25, 2015 10:52:03 PM
Well, I'm at it again.  We are building boxes for charity, and this is my first one. 

This is a box made from plywood.  The lid is made by cutting the plywood into slices and turning it  on its side, glueing back together, cutting on an angle and every other one flipped upside down to get this herringbond pattern on the lid.  I've been wanting to try this for some time now and it seemed like the right time for it.

It's about five by eight inches and about four inches deep, a big box.  Here's a close-up of the pattern on the lid.

And the inside of the lid, so the pattern is sealed inside.

I'm very happy with the way it came out.
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19  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: February 12, 2015 07:01:25 AM
Always, the loom beading is only for my wedding clothes.  I really don't intend to do this on a regular basis.  And the colors on my clothes will be much softer.  I used these colors just so I could see what I was doing.  And I will post my garments once they are made.

And now I'm back to my regular scheduled programming.  I'm carving again.  Here are a couple of my latest items.  I carved a couple of celtic knots.  The walnut pieces are actually part of a log that I slabbed out, just for this purpose.

And a couple of love spoons.  These are both poplar, but the wood is so wildly different from piece to piece.  This wood is great for carving.

I also made myself a rack for my native american flutes.

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20  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by pinokeeo on: February 07, 2015 09:03:12 PM
Love the origami stars.  I've always wanted to make those, but have never done it.  I bow to you for making them.

I also love the beret and the assemblage art.  Nice work, all.

I haven't been very creative lately, but I did finally get my shop reorganized and I feel really good about that.

I did find the time to try something new.  I took a short class in loom beading.  I am getting married soon and want beadwork on my wedding clothing, so I had to learn how to do this.

My first attempt.

It isn't much, but I know now that I can do it.  This was just a practice piece, so it's just a short design.  Supposed to look like a feather, but it didn't come out that way.  I like it, though.
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