The #cherry back of the #archtop with a couple coats of #shellac. Last time it will be in this #workshop. I’m flying to LA in a couple hours. This #guitar is in its case and in storage till I get back. I have two or three days of moving out of my house, then off to #Brooklyn where I’ll be most of the time. The light is better for #French #polishing in my apartment anyway. Last project in this shop. I’ll still be back to clear and pack things up. A study in mixed emotions. #luthier #woodworking


Finally had to make time to get some glamor shots of the Apothecary Cabinet I was working on in January.

The best part of making this was the custom pattern veneers used for the drawer fronts. Made with Redwood, and I hope it shows I worked at getting the pattern to be a cohesive whole across all the drawers. The pulls are Rosewood. The drawers are finished with Tried&True Varnish/Oil blend and wax.

The case itself is White Oak, dyed Dark Mission Brown. The grain is highlighted with Liberon Black Patina wax and then a couple coats of Paste Wax. Ended up having a nice depth of color. One of my new favorite finishing techniques.

One of my best pieces to date, adding this to the portfolio. Hopefully will help me continue to get into better art shows.



These whimsical wooden automata are the creations of contemporary Japanese woodworker Kazuaki Harada. We’re particularly fond of the dancing ham and veggies. After first spending a year studying under English master automata-maker Matt Smith, Harada began crafting his own automatons in 2002. His playful pieces vary in both size and complexity, but all are operated by the turning of a single handle and are created in the spirit of simply delighting people. Why else would you create an automaton wearing nothing but socks, with the ability to boil a pot of tea on his own belly?

Visit Kazuaki Harada’s YouTube channel to check out many more of his marvelous wooden automatons in action. You can also follow him on Instagram and check out pieces he has for sale via his online shop.

[via Spoon & Tamago]


Today was a really fun day for my blog, because I have a had a mysterious influx of followers that excited me.  Welcome! I’m happy you’re here! I have so many new ideas that I am bursting to show you all.

To celebrate, I thought I’d do my first giveaway.  This bangle is an elder futhark bracelet that has been burned and sealed with a satin finish.  It is lightweight and has every rune circling the bangle. 

The rules:

  • You don’t have to be following the blog, although I will give a small bonus if you are.
  • Each reblog or like counts as one entry into the contest.  I ask that you do not reblog more than once a day to avoid spamming your followers.
  • Your ask box must be open so that I can contact you if you win.
  • The giveaway ends on March 31st.

Good luck!