Here are some of the things I have made. I hope they will give a modest example of what we can do by conceiving, visualizing and then actualizing a project.
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I made this seiza bench for meditation for about $17. You can buy one similar to this for about $90 from catalogs. I used a teak board, upholstery remnants, and standard hinges from the hardware store. The bench uses the padded seat for storage and carrying. I used a wood-burning tool to put on a few ornaments.
This flute case holds the alto flute and C-flute in one side and holds three recorders in the other side. I made it with hand tools on the dining room table of a group house I lived in when I was working on my undergraduate music degree.
I needed an upholstered bag for my finest classical guitar, but the price tag of around $200 was ridiculous. I made this one for about $37. It does the job of slowing the humidity and temperature changes in transit. There is no other case like it.
This music stand uses a cyprus branch that I fished out of the North fork of the Shenandoah River when I first moved to Virginia in 1983. The base and top were made from wood saved from other projects. It is meant to be used in a sitting position. The finish is Amber Shellac, my favorite finish. These footrests for playing classical guitar are also of my own manufacture. The one on the left is a former card filing box which now serves to hold music accessories -- things that get under foot!
Here is another music stand made from a branch of mulberry. On the lecturn I used a wood-bruning tool with a calligraphy bit to burn in a mulberry leaf and the words, "All around the mulberry bush" after the children's rhyme. This music stand is meant to be used in a standing position for a flutist.
I was given a branch of cherry wood years ago. I crafted this set of Runes from it. I finished them with Tung Oil mixed with a small amount of Frankencense Oil. They smell wonderful.
I also have a strong interest in calligraphy. The first sample is a poem I copied from a Renaissance poet, Ben Johnson. The hand is Chancery Cursive. The second sample is the word 'Guitar' rendered in a Nineteeth-Century ornamental alphabet. I have also used Spencerian, Roman, Italic and Black Letter. Calligraphy has occasionally been a very helpful source of income for me. With a small box of materials I can start a calligraphy studio anywhere.
Here is a light table I built that allows me to see the guidelines under my work without having to rule them. The photo is dark, so you can't see that it's finished with amber-colored shellac.
I don't make any jewelry except for a few pairs of earrings every year. We are blessed with a bumper crop of acorns in the front yard each Fall, so I take a few pairs that seem to be nicely matched and I make some earrings for friends.
When I was in my second tour of service in the US Army, I had a favorite knife, the Randall Model 18. One day in the motor pool, I found a discarded jeep seat cover. I cut a portion of it and made a sheath for the knife. The canvas was already weatherproofed and camouflaged. I carried the knife on all Airborne deployments to include Panama, Turkey, Germany, Alaska and Canada.
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