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Christmas Is Here

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

The Honey Cat

Getting help making tags.

Making Tags

Making Tags

The Vacuum Press

The Vacuum Press

The vacuum press in action. My handy-dandy Shopsmith in the background, best muilti-tool ever.

Oh sanding

Oh sanding

Cleaning up the edges for sanding.

Colorado Flag

Colorado Flag

Working on a new skin

Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds

Working on the birds. It was a very laborious design, but well worth it in the end.

Another new skin

Another new skin

Working on a "Free Tibet" design. The new Eucalyptus burl is exquisite.

Mending Edges

Mending Edges

Fig helping me fix up edges

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Impossible triangle design

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The gorgeous Redwood burl design. It will be unbelievable once it has a bit of finish on it.

Overflow into the kitchen

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

The powerful little vaccum press

Adding the veneer to the 3 Little Birds board.

WindRoses for top deck

WindRoses for top deck

A few of the new WindRoses

sketches

sketches

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

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!

Prepping edges

Prepping edges

Trimming and sanding edges to prepare for finish sanding.

Pressing a board

Pressing a board

Working in the garage pressing a board. My sweet Shopsmith is in the background. Love that muili-tool

Veneer

Veneer

Bamboo, Mahogany and Babinga

Small but powerful

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

My little studio

It just never manages to stay tidy.

Work in progress

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.