Recently I found some old things I made and comparing them to the things I am making now I can really see how my skill level has changed. Below are a couple of crochet hooks. As time has passed I've gotten better and also implemented some laminating into my projects for a better and more professional look.
The newer spindle style on the Left The new crochet hook style on Right!
Now that I have everything organized and put in there, my Uncle had a request for a wood pen he wanted me to make for him. I had not done any pens before so I did some research on them and got the parts I needed. What I needed was a pen mandrel for my lathe, which I found at our local wood working store. I also got one of each color of the starter pen kits. I did his in gun metal with some curly looking walnut. After I had practiced with all of the colors, I also made him a lathe turned case to go with it. He liked it a lot, so I also made one for my wood supplier to thank her for all the wood, and I got a request from my grandma to do one with Mahogany and copper.
My Dad got me a designer pen kit he thought I might like to try, so I laminated some woods together to try out on some pens, and see what I could do. I tried one to see how I liked it, and saw what I needed to do on the next one to make it work, and the next one I did was the designer pen kit. It came out really nice and my Dad liked it when I gave it to him, and I also made one for my Mom. So, after learning a new skill and doing some projects in between, I am happy that things have been turning out well! Pun intended - LOL!
As some of you know, just over a year ago a tree fell on our house, and we are now one year away from what we used to have. With the new house in and most of the work done, I have been able to do more wood working. During late summer, I started out just working outside on a table and covering it up at night just in case it was to rain. My second shop was under our RV canopy, which was a little bit crammed and was somewhat exposed to the elements. Just before Fall, my third shop was a 10x20 carport canopy, I made my own custom work bench out of free woods I got from a couple pallets and some other recycled woods. It was the perfect height and I had all my woods organized which worked well at first, but then the moisture was getting underneath and coming in through the sides, things were getting ruined! Now into Winter, I moved everything to our homesteader's cabin. It has plenty of room for everything as long as I keep it organized. I was pretty frustrated I couldn't fit my workbench in there, but I managed to make something that works well for now. I am glad I got everything in there because it has a wood stove which we had in our old house but not in our new one. I didn't really know how much I enjoyed the wood stove until I had it back again.
During these various moves I had been working back into my projects. I started turning regular and larger crochet hooks for rag rugs and a HUGE Tunisian Crochet Hook for a cowl my sister made with roving. I also made my first Niddy Noddy (to wind home spun yarns) and I also worked on some bowls, and found that I was able to do a better job than I had in the past; keeping my tools sharp also played a big part in it. I got excited about a project my mom saw and I made a small acorn ring box. It was challenging to figure out how to make two parts fit together and making the stem was my smallest piece yet. After that I wanted a more 'manly' project and made a wooden butterfly knife! It was not that dangerous because it was made of wood. I am pretty exited to see what projects I will be doing in the future, and what type of setup I might have then, since I wouldn't have ever expected to be where I am today.
Who am i?
I am a 15 year old woodworker always sharpening my skills and bringing new projects to the table. I hope you enjoy reading about my custom creations, personal projects, and shop progress.