Christmas Is Here
I have been scrambling for the last few weeks preparing for the Christmas season. I hope this new endeavor with longboards is successful adventure.
The Honey Cat
Getting help making tags.
The Vacuum Press
The vacuum press in action. My handy-dandy Shopsmith in the background, best muilti-tool ever.
Cleaning up the edges for sanding.
Working on a new skin
Three Little Birds
Working on the birds. It was a very laborious design, but well worth it in the end.
Another new skin
Working on a "Free Tibet" design. The new Eucalyptus burl is exquisite.
Fig helping me fix up edges
Impossible triangle design
The gorgeous Redwood burl design. It will be unbelievable once it has a bit of finish on it.
Overflow into the kitchen
Veneer glue only cures above 70 degrees which gets complicated as the weather cools off. I live in a very small house and have a small studio so sometimes the kitchen is invaded.
The powerful little vaccum press
Adding the veneer to the 3 Little Birds board.
WindRoses for top deck
A few of the new WindRoses
Working on some new sketches and designs. I have been thinking about moths a lot lately. I received some Chestnut burl in my last veneer order that is just screaming to become a moth wing.
Veneer for the White Elephant
The Camphor veneer for this design was very temperamental. I had to do a lot of stabilizing with tape, but finally liberated this elephant. The stripped wood grain is sweet!
Trimming and sanding edges to prepare for finish sanding.
Pressing a board
Working in the garage pressing a board. My sweet Shopsmith is in the background. Love that muili-tool
Bamboo, Mahogany and Babinga
Small but powerful
My husband built this for me! We needed a pretty powerful machine to do the laminate bending of the boards and we found the directions for this one on Joewoodworker.com. That is a fantasitic website for all things related to veneer.
My little studio
It just never manages to stay tidy.
Work in progress
Veneer under pressure and Sunlit Scales drying from a new finish coat.
The world of veneer marquetry is a bit mysterious, hopefully these pictures can help you better understand my process.