Thursday, 20 November 2014

Freestanding Moose

Looking for a little bit of Canadiana to spruce up the house? It may not be on a coin, but it's hard to get more Canadian than a moose. 

This started out as a custom order for someone who liked a wood duck I have made in the past, but thought that a moose or deer might look good. 

Freestanding Moose $20 unstained, $25 stained

I tried the moose first and since it turned out well I thought I'd post it tonight. The customer was pleased with the results. 

Freestanding Wood Duck $12 unstained, $15 stained

The wood duck that started it all. 

The moose image, unstained and without a base. This can be stained almost any colour or painted. 

If you have an image that you would like to have in your home, whether animal, person or other, contact me at for an online consultation and pricing details. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A Few New Clocks

There's a lot of variation available in making clocks. I have every confidence that I will never run out of ideas for new ones, only time to make them. 

Here's a few of the newest ones:

Hard Maple Clock $55

This is solid hard maple, showing off the rings as well as the bark and features a 2 3/4" clock insert.

Eagle Mini Clock $45

Eagle mini clock made from pine, stained Minwax cherry with a 1 7/16" insert.

Wolf Mini Clock $45

Wolf mini clock made from pine stained Minwax mahogany.

As always, any ideas for your own personalized clock are welcome. Contact me at for consultations and pricing. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Custom Puzzle: Stained Bassett Hound

So a little while ago I was at a show and I was approached by Rob. Really, this is Rob's story...but it could just as easily be yours.

Rob was interested in a puzzle, specifically my puppy puzzle. However, Rob was hoping for a bit more than that. He wanted to know if could maybe stain some colour spots on the puppy to make it look like his basset hound. Seemed like a nice idea, but I told him we could do better...

Rob gave me some specifics on the colours of his basset hound: black on the back with brown head and feet. 

After looking at some images of basset hounds, we moved to create a silhouette pattern and then did the custom stain job. Once the stain was dry I cut the image into puzzle pieces. 

Custom Basset Hound Puzzle $15

Personally I think it came out pretty well. There are no facial features (most notably eyes), but then I don't consider myself that sort of an artist and Rob hadn't expected any.

So how can Rob's story be your story?

If you have (or had) a dog that you would like to have become the basis of a puzzle, let me know. If you send me a picture that's even better. Almost any breed of dog can be done, capturing the particular characteristics that set that breed aside and colouring the puzzle to make it look like your particular dog.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Anchor of Hope and Zella's Christmas Craft Sale

Just a quick note tonight to let everyone know about 2 local sales in Madoc this weekend.

First off, I should mention Zella's Christmas Craft sale. This is a sales venue open Thursday, Friday and Saturday every weekend through the month of November. The sale features a number of local artisans selling Christmas decor, toys, baked goods and lots of one of a kind items that make great ideas for gifts.

The sale is located between Robin's Diner (at the lights in Madoc) and the laundromat and runs from 9am to 2pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For those who are curious, Zella is the woman who has organised the Friday Farmer's market in Madoc for the last few years. She's (I think) 91 years young.

The big sale of the weekend (at least  for the Madoc area) is the Boutique of Hope. This is a massive (read: over 100 vendors) sale to be held at Centre hastings Secondary School (CHSS aka the high school) in madoc this Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Proceeds go to the Anchor of Hope Pregnancy and Family Care Centre. See their facebook page here.

As for new things this week: yup. Working on nativity scenes, some special boxes and more. I might get a post up tomorrow with some pics but if I don't you'll have to catch me at a show or send me an email at to get your hands on it.

Hope to see you on the weekend.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Joy of Finishing

It's been a long day in the shop and I'm not done yet, but i thought I'd take a short break for a quick post. 

Just for a bit of fun I thought I'd talk, just for a moment, about finishing. Specifically, why finishing is important. 

All of the pics posted here are of a small freeform carving I did from a piece of ash root a short time ago. Above and below are front and bottom shots after sanding was done but before finish was applied.

At this point it's not a bad looking piece (IMHO) but it's also not particularly eye catching either.

Here (above and below) are shots of the same piece after a couple coats of finish (clear shellac in this case). 

A little bit of finish can really make the grain pop and bring out the colour of the wood. 

I could talk for a long time about selecting finishes, what to use when, etc. etc. but for tonight I just wanted to show off the difference a little finish can make to a piece. 

I will be setting up at Zella's Christmas Craft show tomorrow (located between Robin's Backwoods Cafe and the laundromat in Madoc) and getting ready for the Boutique of Hope sale at CHSS on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Rest of November...

I've been behind in announcing my pre-Christmas sales this year, but here at least is the rest of the month:

November 15: The Anchor of Hope in Madoc will be hosting the first annual Boutique of Hope. The event will be held at Centre Hastings Secondary School in Madoc from 9 until 4. Over 100 vendors are expected to be in attendance. As this is a fundraiser there will be a $2 admission cost with proceeds going to the Anchor of Hope. See their facebook page here.

The 15-16 also marks the date for The Holiday Mama Market in Belleville. The event will be hosted at Momstown Belleville located at 100 Station Street in Belleville. Many local crafters and vendors will have their goods on display, so if you're in the Belleville area, stop in.
*Update: Due to a change of plans on my part, I will not be participating in the Mama Market this time. Go ahead and stop in anyway!

November 21-22 I will be at the Quinte Christian High School Fall Vendors Market. This was a huge sale last year with great products all around. QCHS is located at 138 Wallbridge Loyalist Road on the West end of Belleville, just North of Hwy 2. See their facebook page here for more info.

November 29-30 I can be found at the Cooper Craft Sale. Located just a few minutes off the beaten path North of Madoc at the Cooper Women's Institute. Not a big sale, but there's no admission, and there are some great finds to be had. Homestyle cooked food will be available as well and it's not too late to order something custom and handmade from some of the area's best craftspeople. See their ad for the event here.

I should also mention that through the entire month I will have a table at Zella's Craft Show, located next to Robin's Cafe in Madoc. The store is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through to the end of the month, from 9am to 2pm. Several vendors are represented there, so especially if you're a local, check it out.

I'm still making plans for December. Hoping to visit Amazing Coffee again this year, but we haven't set a date yet. If you know of a sale or event in December, or would like to have me in your area, send me an email at

QCHS Looking for Vendors

Just a quick note to any local artisans or crafters.

I received an email from the folks running the QCHS Fall Vendors Market saying that they still have some space at their sale this year.

Anyone interested should call  613-827-2343 or email Anita at

I was there last year and had a great time and I will be returning this year.

See the poster for more information.