Thursday, September 15, 2016


The bedstead, oiled up like a Tongan flagbearer.
 With the arrival of visiting relatives becoming imminent, and the spare room still being basically a rubbish tip, I felt that it behoved me to get my arse into gear and sort out a spare bed.

I've had an old oak bed head and foot cluttering up my garage workshop for as long as we've lived here; that's coming up on thirty years now. It's not a masterpiece of construction, but it's adequate* and it means that I only have to build the base. I'd like to be able to make the stretchers out of oak as well, but that would cost a whole dump-truck full of money, so they'll be pine. They'll hardly ever be seen, anyway.

Mmmmmmm.... oaky!
So far I've just scraped off the old flakey varnish, given them a sand down, and slapped on a coat of linseed oil.

I've made and stained the stretchers, and I'll just assemble the whole thing with steel brackets rather than engaging in any more complex joinery. I want the base to be as high off the ground as I can manage with these components, so that we can store as much crap as possible under the bed. That means that, having long legs subject to racking stresses, it will benefit from the diagonal bracing of the brackets.

I have some old bed-boards from an old bed, but not enough I think. Still, making some more bed-boards is hardly a challenging woodworking task.

* Though it's a weird width that does not match any modern mattress width. The closest we can come is with our foam-rubber foldy-sofa-mattress-transformer thing, so that will probably end up doing the job.

Bonus driveway mushroom picture, because why not?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Moebius Racing Strip

I think this is a pendant, though if I added a couple of loops for a pin it could be a brooch I suppose. I'm a bit reluctant to pollute the purity of the edges with those sorts of shenanigans though.

It's a Moebius strip with little teensy-tiny racing cars on it. I've made it available in rose-gold plate, polished bronze, and silver.

It's available for sale at

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flower Cup Brooch

This is a brooch. A 3d-printed cast metal brooch.

It has no fastening pin of its own, but there are two loops on the back which allow it to be attached with a hat-pin or the like.

It's available at

Monday, August 15, 2016

Splash Whirlpool Pendant

This time I'm trying my hand at a pendant. It's not large, only 40mm or so in diameter.

The pendant is upside-down in this render, but being a symmetrical object that doesn't really matter too much.

The loop has a 4mm opening, so it's large enough to accommodate a leather thong or a reasonable sized chain.

It's available for sale at

Friday, August 12, 2016

Regarding jewellery...

I quite enjoy designing jewellery, and I get plenty of compliments about the pieces I've done so far, but nobody — or almost nobody — is willing to actually part with any money for them. I feel like I'm bashing my head against a brick wall.

What actually sells are my toy tanks and stuff. So I think I'll just concentrate on that.

Screw the arty-farty stuff, show me the benjamins!

Note: I don't actually know which note has Benjamin Franklin on it. Is it the fifty? Perhaps I should just have said "show me the Sir Apirana Ngatas!"

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Arrivals
A new lot of jewellery arrived on my doorstop today from Shapeways, after being held up and expensified by Customs.

There are some bracelets too, which I got printed cheaply in plastic to make sure that they'd fit before ordering them in much more expensive metal.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bracelet 6

More bracelety goodness.

This one is available in silver, bronze, and rose-gold plate.

It's at

Sunday, July 31, 2016


I installed Prisma on my tablet, and it looks like a moderately fun toy until the novelty wears off. But just a toy. Not that toys aren't good — toys are great, but they're not tools.

Composition filter

Get Urban (I think)


I expect we'll be seeing some semi-automated comix coming out using some of these. The Heisenberg  and Get Urban filters look especially useful in that regard, though the more painterly filters will no doubt also be useful.

There are a decent range of filter available for it, but your level of control over the effects is very limited — you can pretty much only control the degree to which the filter distorts the source photo, by the look of it.

I wouldn't mind being able to play with it on my Windows PC, but there's a certain amount of faffing about that has to be done to enable that, and I'm not sure I can be bothered.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bracelet 5

This is the latest bracelet in my inventory.

The internal diameter is 62mm, but it can easily be resized upwards if need be.

It's available at in bronze, silver, rose-gold plate and polished grey steel.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Winter Weekend Quiz Doodles

Quiz Doodle #01

Quiz Doodle #02
We had a quiz. There were mathematical questions, about which I was pretty much all at sea except for knowing what a milliard is. So, while the rest of the team were pouring out knowledge, I was doodling. These are those doodles.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bracelet 4, now with extra skulls

Because skulls are excellent things, full of piraty goodness.

Internal diameter is 60mm. It's available in polished grey steel, silver, bronze, and rose-gold plate.

You can get it at

Bracelet 3

Here's another bracelet. Internal diameter is 60mm, band width is about 10mm.

It's available in silver, bronze, rose-gold plate, and grey steel at

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bracelet 2

Here's another bracelet I designed, imaginatively called Bracelet 2.

The internal diameter is 60mm, and it's available in silver, bronze or rose-gold plate.

You can get it at

Mortice Gauge

I was given this beautiful old mortice gauge as a birthday present a couple of years ago. I've just given it a bit of a clean and polish.

I think its made from rosewood, well aged by the years until now it's almost as dark as ebony.

You won't find anything as nice as this at Bunnings.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Old! Busted!
Here's my first go at a bracelet design.

It's available in raw or polished bronze, or in rose-gold plated brass.

It's at


New! Improved!
Turns out my original design was too flimsy and puny to print, so I've had to redesign it. I pulled in an element from a pair of earrings I'd done before (my very first pair, in fact) to make this version.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Winter Weekend 2016

Russian novel scenery

Just regular scenery,
with maybe a touch
of the Russian novel


Grey, with prison camp huts

Activities Hall,
with an excellent view
of the rubbish bins

Frost lights

Common area

Gavin being educated


Game again

Camera self-timer test

Monday, July 4, 2016

Workbench modification for long-planing

I can't believe this hasn't been thought of before, but I just thought of it, so yay me.

If you have a woodworking bench with a well, a series of dog-holes staggered down the centre line will allow you to use the dogs to wedge a plank up against one of the lips of the well, holding it securely along its entire length.

It wouldn't be absolutely necessary that the walls of your well be perfectly square, but obviously that would be the ideal case.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bling Tray

I made Annette a little tray to keep her current crop of favourite earrings in.

The timber is rimu, from an old desk I dismantled and reclaimed a few years ago. The pattern around the border of the central cavity is left over from the Forstner bit I used to hog it out, and I'm in two minds about leaving it — I don't find it too offensive, but it wouldn't take all that long to scrape it out if I decide to get rid of it (though I'd have to make a scraper for the job).

Friday, July 1, 2016

I'm fine. This is fine.

Brush pen and digital colour. Approx. 150x170mm.

Pencils of Colour

Graphite and coloured pencils on A5 cartridge paper