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Rural Shop

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Having been a woodworker for well over fifty years, I knew what I wanted in a shop: an ample assembly area with plenty of natural light and my tools close at hand. As I live on a small farm, my …Source

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Jisshukodogu - Incenses box

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Jisshukodogu - Incenses boxSome of you will know that I'm currently into my Japanese Period. I've been fascinated by all Japanese boxes for a few years now and have been making a whole range of them. While this small box is a finished project in its own right, it is just part of the main Incense box which is still on going. But I liked it so much I thought I would post it now.Its the first of 10 small boxes that hold voting tablets used in the Japanese Incense games Kodo. In Kodo participants are pulled into an elaborate guessing game where they must match the scents of different kinds of incense. While its origins were in China, 'incense listening' is a part of Japanese culture. Like ikebana (flower arranging), kintsuji (ceramics) and tea ceremonies, kodo is a lesson in aesthetic appreciation and is as much a game as it is an art form. All the paraphernalia associated with Kodo was beautifully made and decorated with the finest lacquer. I have made a few other items associated with in the past which you can see here, here, and here.So, this little box holds a set of 12 voting tablets. Each tablet is 35×16 x 3 mm They are made from ebony and have a flower or tree symbol on one side which identifies the participant. Below are some of the chrysanthemum and paulownia set.The other side has 1, 2, 3, or Guest plus a Star or Moon on. After smelling, 'listening' to one of the incenses in the game, the participants use one of the tablets to vote for what they think it is.The tablets which are made from ebony, were finished and wax polished to ensure the surface was smooth and filled, before a friend laser engraved them. I then put a couple of coats of gold lacquer into the engravings. Any smudges around the symbols could be then be lightly sanded off. The outer box is made from walnut with gold lacquer on the top edge.There will be 10 sets of tablets, so 120 tablets in total. Each set will have their own little box. Theses then fit into another box, which fits into one of the trays in the main Incense box. So nine more boxes and 108 tablets to go…. I will post the finished box, but it will be a while yet!Thanks for looking.



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Cross

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CrossJust a simple cross I designed years ago for my first communion students. This cross is made of yellow birch wrapped in cherry quarter banding. The 1/8 inlaid strips are walnut. This cross is 3/4 thick. The banding stands 1/8 proud of the face, giving a tiered look.



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