Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Workshop in Review, 2016 (6).

If a North Wind is Blowin'.

Curved roofs are very fussy work.

I have good neighbours. No complaints so far about the noisy table or chop saw I set up outside the workshop on a warm, sunny day. No complaints from neighbours to the south of me about pine or cedar dust floating in the air.... because, if a north wind is blowin', they're going to be the first to know.

I don't do many birdhouses with curved roofs because they are very time consuming. Most roof slats have to be passed through the saw at least twice to get the angles right. However, once the job is done, I do like how they look. And since I have none left on basement shelves, others must like them too.



Other birdhouses have straight roofs but just as many fussy bits. Fortunately, I have room to spread things out.



After I build a few fussy models I relax for ten minutes, then start a few easy ones! : )



A squirrel box is a Big Easy. They take up a lot of space, but only for a short while. 



The inside is divided into two levels. A side door opens for viewing.

Even before the squirrel box was delivered, I was busy with several basic red and western cedar models. Dust was a flyin' and blowin' south.


A major repair followed to the London Majors' birdhouse - a four-plex that took a beating - late one dark and stormy night.

 Roof damaged; logs are coming apart; chimney and flag missing.



 Even the osprey got a wee touch-up!

Hmmmm.... something's missin'

The chimney! Ready for another London Majors baseball season

More Photos From Along the Way:




 Don't throw out yer wooden spoons!

Please link to The Workshop in Review, 2016 (5).

Photos GH

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Workshop in Review, 2016 (5).

Always Something Going Down.

Rietveld chairs. suitable for front porches too!

Rietveld chairs were first built in the Netherlands (by Gerrit Rietveld, furniture maker, 1930s), likely from lumber originally used in furniture crates. Clean, straight lines dominate the design, and if the seat and back rest are angled properly, the Rietveld crate chair is one that you will relax in, for hours at a time.

Lots of measuring, cutting, sanding, assembling required. End result, however, is worth the effort.





Ready to take outside to see if the angles are A1. Yup!!

Back to birdhouses.... some models have almost as many pieces as a Rietveld chair. Lots of measuring, cutting, sanding, painting, assembling etc. The workshop is always busy, always something going down.



Old cedar birdhouses made from slats....



Occasionally someone asks, "Can you fix my birdhouses?"


 New roof - all done

The next one was in similar condition.... bad!

 Roof and front porch was destroyed!

Front door and roof look better....

Some damaged birdhouses can enjoy a long second life

More to follow from 2016.

Please link to The Workshop in Review, 2016 (4).

Photos GH

Friday, January 27, 2017

Little Library: Little Repairs (1).

Okay, It's Not a Swing!

 Not a Jungle Jim.

Door repaired, but the custom colour of paint is gone!!

The thick cedar lumber can take just about any kind of abuse.... from the weather. The door is not as thick and robust, and suffered at the hands of a wee girl who wanted to hang and swing on the door. And somebody swiped the custom sign! Ouch!

I have a few repairs to do now, related to the damaged door and twisted hinges. Fresh paint and new signage are also on the agenda.

From 2014....

Poor snake. Is he hiding in the grass?

Please link to Little Library: Final Touches (4).

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Workshop in Review, 2016 (4).

Up, Up, and Away

A second life for a child's airplane.

Tonka Toys builds good airplanes. And I did not want to send one to a recycling centre before I gave some thought to recycling it myself. Last spring an idea bloomed.

 I had several wee birdhouses and one rare birdcage stand

Together they made a winning combination

 Red cedar houses dressed to the nines:




A batch of colourful white pine houses:






2016 was a busy year in the workshop. Paint-filled, I say.

More to follow.

Please link to The Workshop in Review, 2016 (3).