Stairs

A friend (Greg–see second photo) is making these stairs from his library of wood kept in three sheds and curing for 15 years–the boxwood uprights (photo three) are cut from the bush.

The handrails and various features are still to come–I have collected twisted wood which has been drying on my porch for 2 years.

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Tomahawk

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As kids we made things like this but the workmanship then never gave me the authenticity I wanted (now I am re-living my childhood).

The axe-head is carved from hard wood and burnished with a grinder and coloured to make it look like rough cast iron.

Kitchen benches–stage 1

Aged local hardwood recycled from slab fencing–the drawers have store-bought runners so they draw open and closed very smoothly without friction–on an earlier cupboard drawer I used a couple of marbles in a grooved track under the drawer and that worked well but these had to be good enough to use several times a day..

The first photo was taken at sunrise.

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Ceremonial accessory

Needlework is very relaxing and satisfying for me–tying things together, fixing things up. There is a high degree of control and plenty of accidental effects. The colours are ready-made and vibrant, and the textures are subtle and varied with microscopic detail. It is like painting with needle and thread. This hand-made hand-bag is thumbing its nose at the sewing machine!

The bag was always meant to adorn the book case on which it hangs–adding some decoration, colour, and softness.

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Primitive Bookcase

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Made from aged local hardwood–recycled slab fencing.

I dressed the wood first with a wire brush to clean it up, then a grinder to take out the ridges left by the original saw, then three grades of sandpaper to smooth it, and finished with vegetable oil and then beeswax applied with steel wool to give it a soft sheen. It went a lot darker than I expected but I don’t mind. The crushed velvet was an afterthought to add some decadent luxury to an already dark and medieval piece

The pine cone is from a giant Bunya pine at the local showground–it must produce only one every century as it is the only one I have seen.

PS I am about to post new photos on Facebook of the log home as it progresses in Estonia–if you want to see… https://www.facebook.com/richard.barnes.986