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David Roy's Blog: Wood That Works

  • A Wooden Clock with 407 parts!
    I often hear from people interested in clock making. This youtube link was sent to me by a friend that is fluent in Japanese. He was able to provide me with a few details about this very ambitious clock mechanism.This weight driven clock has two mech…
    - 84 days ago, 3 May 17, 11:39am -
  • Infinity Inspiration

    Infinity Inspiration

    I recently received a short email from Chet Corcos. He liked my Infinity sculpture and spent some time creating an interactive version on the web. Very cool. Check out this link and have fun! Thanks for sharing Chet. (Update - link has been removed.)…
    - 22 Mar 17, 9:43am -
  • Martin Molin describes How It Works
    Several years ago I shared here a video about the marvelous musical kinetic sculpture created by Martin Molin. One of the my collectors recently sent me a link to a new video by Marton about how this machine works.  Worth watching!There is also a "P…
    - 4 Mar 17, 9:05am -
  • Come visit - A Rare Open House at Wood That Works

    Come visit - A Rare Open House at Wood That Works

     It was back in 2010 that David last had an open house at the studio. It is true that these don’t occur very often so folks, take note…..  We are having another open house at the Wood That Works studio on December 3rd and 4th, 2016 from 10 AM u…
    - 19 Nov 16, 7:35am -
  • Mechanical Insects!

    Mechanical Insects!

    Colossal has uncovered another kinetic artist and shared his work on their website. The work of Dedy Shofianto of Indonesia is fascinating and unique.  Check out these incredible mechanical insects all constructed from jati teak wood.…
    - 15 Aug 16, 10:18am -
  • Magnets and Motion....
    This video just kept surprising me.  Watch the incredible manourvers regulated by magnets. Get more information about Kaplamino on his/her youtube channel here.
    - 12 Jul 16, 8:31am -
  • Variation II Sun Edition nearing end
    We regularly get the request to let people know when an edition is nearing the end. This post is such a notice. We soon will have orders for all the remaining Variation Sun II sculptures. This piece is in an edition of 24 and the last 2 are still ava…
    - 16 Jun 16, 12:20pm -
  • Please don't touch.........
    The link to this video was sent to us by Jim Schnieder of Blue Oak Hill Sculpture Park in Nevada.It isn't my kinetic sculpture but one created by James Borden. I experience the same challenges with display.  I have never been able to understand the…
    - 6 Jun 16, 10:16am -
  • Sky Duet • Flight Themed Kinetic Sculpture

    Sky Duet • Flight Themed Kinetic Sculpture

    I have recently released a new kinetic wall sculpture expanding my exploration into flight-themed kinetic sculptures. Sky Duet is a larger piece comprised of two single bird designs mounted to interact with each other. The result is a peaceful piece…
    - 19 May 16, 11:02am -
  • Art in Motion by Lara Ehrlich

    Art in Motion by Lara Ehrlich

    Marji and I were recently interviewed by Lara Ehrlich of Boston University for a piece in their spring edition of the College of Arts and Sciences magazine. I have a degree in Physics from BU (CAS ’74) and they discovered one of their alum was doin…
    - 6 May 16, 10:45am -

Fabricating and Metalworking

  • newCalRAM Executive Receives Award for Additive Manufacturing
    Shane Collins received the Robert J. Painter Award from the ASTM International.
    - 22 hours ago, 25 Jul 17, 4:30pm -
  • WESTEC 2017
    The leading manufacturing event on the West Coast returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 12-14 and this special Show-in-Print provides technical reviews of some of the machinery, tooling, systems and accessories that will be exhibi…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 17, 3:41pm -
  • WESTEC 2017 (Part Two)
    The leading manufacturing event on the West Coast returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 12-14 and this special Show-in-Print provides technical reviews of some of the machinery, tooling, systems and accessories that will be exhibi…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 17, 3:40pm -
  • MQL Systems for Shops that are Tired of Dealing with Coolant
    Ideal for the near-dry machining of steel, stainless, titanium, Inconel, tungsten and more, the compact, highly durable and modular Miquel pump from DropsA can be retrofitted to a machine tool’s existing coolant piping and mixed and matched with a…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 3:54pm -
  • Diamond Heat Treat Installs New Vacuum Furnace
    Their new TITAN H6 vacuum furnace from Ipsen has 6-bar gas quenching capabilities to help them expand into IGT and aerospace applications.
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 3:49pm -
  • Innovative Robotic Roll Forming System
    The 3D Rollforming Center from data M Sheet Metal Solutions uses an integrated hexapod robot to produce high strength steel or aluminum alloy profile sections that vary in height and width, a COPRA ProfileScan Desktop measurement device for quality c…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 3:29pm -
  • Yaskawa Motoman Names New VP of Sales & Marketing
    Doug Burnside is their new vice president of North American sales and marketing.
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 3:07pm -
  • JPW Industries Acquired by Gamut Capital Management
    As part of this deal, the JPW name, management and all warehouse, parts support, customer service and technical service operations will stay in place.
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 2:58pm -
  • Advances in Ultrasonic Cleaning of 3D Prototype Parts
    The new Matrix 9000 Mark II ultrasonic generator from Omegasonics removes 20 percent of power board components with a single board that eliminates the variant frequencies of two power boards and runs at a cooler operating temperature by generating le…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 2:57pm -
  • Global Shop Solutions Works with Non-Profit Charities
    They support Hope’s Path, a faith-based youth organization, and the Montgomery County Women’s Center for women and children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse.
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 2:41pm -

Mystical Mythical Metalwork

  • Immersion

    Immersion

    Opening Reception:  Friday, July 21, 2017 from 5:oo PM to 8:00 PM Location: Commonwheel Artists Co-op 102 Cañon Avenue Manitou Springs, CO 80829 Exhibit Dates: July 21 – August 14, 2017 Ever since Dan & I married, even before that, we have been a…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 3:30pm -
  • View Failures as Growth

    View Failures as Growth

    Over the past few months, I have at a lot of failures, I mean A LOT as demonstrated by the top left photo of ‘the melts’. I told my husband that if I had failed this much when I first started metalsmithing, I probably would have quit. However, du…
    - 33 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 2:30pm -
  • Perseverance

    Perseverance

    I’ve been reading John Ortberg’s book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted”. Many things in this book have resonated with me. Most recently the chapter, A Life of Endurance, as he discusses perseverance. “Any truly meaningful human accomplishme…
    - 97 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 11:00am -
  • Following the Light

    Following the Light

    Every day is a new beginning, a fresh start, a chance for growth and unexpected opportunities. I want to encourage you to embrace each day with all the possibilities it holds for you. Please don’t limit yourself to the mindset that at the start of…
    - 2 Jan 17, 12:19pm -
  • An Open Apology To Dolly Parton 

    An Open Apology To Dolly Parton 

    Originally posted on Rawe-struck: Dear Dolly, I’ll be honest. I used to think you were a bimbo. I used to think you flaunted your big boobs, teased hair, tiny waist, and your syrupy-sweet southern accent just to sell yourself and your brand as a co…
    - 9 Dec 16, 8:23pm -
  • Where I find Inspiration…..

    Where I find Inspiration…..

    I have been spending time reflecting. I took a break from working at my bench for some much needed rest, relaxation and recharging of my artistic batteries. The break lasted longer than I expected, yet I believe that is exactly what I needed to becom…
    - 1 Dec 16, 10:00am -
  • An Image I Love

    An Image I Love

    September’s Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank’s subject is “Share an image you really love right now”. There are so many, but I love this one. Dan captured me during one of my early Chasing & Repoussé moments. Not everything is technically correct, y…
    - 20 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • A Treat for the Heart, Mind & Soul

    A Treat for the Heart, Mind & Soul

    September signals fall. Accompanying that is the Front Range Open Studios tour of which I have been one of the participating artists since its inception just 6 short years ago. The tour has grown, just as the artists have. My work has changed dramati…
    - 9 Sep 16, 11:00am -
  • My Latest George Constanza Moment

    My Latest George Constanza Moment

    Ginkgo Cuff in Shakudo. I imagine most of you remember or are familiar with the Jerry Seinfeld show. There are many memorable episodes for me. The one when George struggles to come up with a decent comeback to a co-worker during a meeting has stuck w…
    - 24 Jul 16, 2:20pm -
  • Why I Do What I Do…..

    Why I Do What I Do…..

    The take away here is “make“. I make art! This is so profound. No matter your age, where you currently are in this life journey, you too can make what you choose. It is a choice. Just “make“. My friend, Will Weyer, is one of the creative forc…
    - 10 Jul 16, 12:00pm -

Popular Woodworking Magazine

  • newWilde Got it Wrong (Plus Plans for a Child’s Step Stool)

    Wilde Got it Wrong (Plus Plans for a Child’s Step Stool)

    I wrote the post below in…I’m not sure – 2010 maybe? I was reminded of it last weekend when Kathy, a second cousin (I think I’ve got the relation right), asked if I still had the plans for the stools my grandfather used to make for all the k…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Jul 17, 11:38am -
  • newBig Ol’ Sliding Dovetails

    Big Ol’ Sliding Dovetails

    In the next few months, I’ve got a lot of furniture to make, as Josselyn (my partner) and I just moved to Cincinnati from Maine. Last week, I built a new coffee table for our place. This week I’m building us a new kitchen table, in between gettin…
    - 20 hours ago, 25 Jul 17, 6:09pm -
  • newLike Your Woodworking Teacher? Maybe You Shouldn’t

    Like Your Woodworking Teacher? Maybe You Shouldn’t

    Last month I taught two short classes in Germany – a rare exception to my vow to avoid teaching and instead focus on new furniture designs. The reason I taught those two classes is quite personal, so I won’t discuss it here. But during the classe…
    - 22 hours ago, 25 Jul 17, 5:06pm -
  • Suspicions Confirmed: Zero VOC Claims Exaggerated

    Suspicions Confirmed: Zero VOC Claims Exaggerated

    Ever since water-based paints and finishes began carving out a market for replacing solvent-based products, claims for the amount of solvent these products contain have been getting increasingly lower. That is, until a few years ago when some product…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 17, 12:21pm -
  • Autodesk Fusion 360 Roadshow

    Autodesk Fusion 360 Roadshow

    I had a peculiar childhood, I grew up running CNCs and robots before I got my drivers license. Perhaps it was that experience that led me to believe that every other woodworker was as interested in the future of automation as me – I think I may hav…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 17, 11:35am -
  • How to Attach a Table Top with Traditional Wooden Buttons

    How to Attach a Table Top with Traditional Wooden Buttons

    There’s more than one way to attach a solid wood table top. The most important requirements of any method are (1) to keep the top firmly in contact with the undercarriage, preventing it from warping more than minimally, and (2) to allow the top to…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 10:33am -
  • Another AWFS Show in the Books

    Another AWFS Show in the Books

    Every two years the woodworking world gathers to unveil and share information about the newest in high-tech and hand-tool woodworking. It’s a great few days and we’ve enjoyed sharing what we saw with you. Here’s a short recap: One of the more p…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 17, 10:19am -
  • Week in Review – Week of July 17
    This week our new managing editor, Brendan Gaffney, posted his first project completed in the Pop Wood shop, a staked leg coffee table. Bob Flexner takes us inside a hide glue factory (you can thank me for deactivating the smell-o-vision on the post.…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 17, 6:12am -
  • Meet Our ‘Young Makers’

    Meet Our ‘Young Makers’

    In “Young Makers’ Bookshelves” (coming in the October 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine), Rodney Wilson offers a brief profile on 10 of today’s rising woodworking stars, then asks them about the books that have influenced their liv…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 17, 7:33am -
  • Mid-century Modern Bookcase

    Mid-century Modern Bookcase

    Simple joinery serves this sophisticated geometric design. by Michael Crow pages 49-52 Mid-century modern design is enjoying a surge in popularity, and rightly so: Its clean lines and functional design make it practical and attractive, two traits evi…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 2:43pm -

Robin Wood

  • my last blog post here

    my last blog post here

    This is post 661 over 5 years going back to Jan 2008, My first post back in Jan 2008 was about making porringers  still one of my favourite things to make and to use.  I have enjoyed it lots, shared my woodworking exploits, ranted about the value…
    - 13 Aug 13, 6:36pm -
  • new blog new website coming soon

    new blog new website coming soon

    How time flies, it has been over 5 years since I started this blog and over 3 since my last minor website update. Big changes are coming next week, I hope regular blog readers will find your links just redirect through seamlessly to the all new int…
    - 22 Jul 13, 5:56pm -
  • spoonfest preparations

    spoonfest preparations

    This week is all about preparations for SPOONFEST. I have been out collecting timber, it is probably the worst time of the year to run a festival that needs lots of green timber, most folk stop cutting through the summer but I have one little woodlan…
    - 22 Jul 13, 6:41am -
  • breakfast

    breakfast

    I love eating from wooden bowls, I love hearing from folk who eat from my wooden bowls and I love most of all seeing photos of those bowls in use. I tell folk that they get nicer as they are used more but pictures of well used bowls tell the story so…
    - 20 Jul 13, 8:14am -
  • Craving the analog

    Craving the analog

    Craving the analogWe live in an increasingly digitised age, we are all connected and seemingly the more connected we are the more successful we appear. This change has happened incredibly quickly, far faster than the change from rural to urban living…
    - 19 Jul 13, 4:34am -
  • juggling with axes and other fun stuff

    juggling with axes and other fun stuff

    Most blog readers will know I enjoy using a well balanced axe, probably not many know I am also a keen juggler and have lots of friends who were profesional performers. I once rode my unicycle around the top of the world trade centre. So you can imag…
    - 18 Jul 13, 3:48am -
  • new bowls for sale in my gallery

    new bowls for sale in my gallery

    Regular visitors will know that the bowls in my gallery pages are often showing as sold, I don't get round to updating as often as I should and often bowls find homes quite quickly once I do photograph them. Today I put all these new bowls up on my g…
    - 6 Jul 13, 7:28am -
  • How to price craft work, business advice for craftspeople.

    How to price craft work, business advice for craftspeople.

    This is probably the single hardest issue for anyone in the craft business whether just starting out and selling the first few pieces or having been running a business for many years it is something we all struggle with.How should you put a price on…
    - 18 Jun 13, 5:37am -
  • 1000 year old trees and amazing woodlands in Majorca

    1000 year old trees and amazing woodlands in Majorca

    These are pictures from my recent walking holiday in north of Majorca. As an ex forester I was blown away by the shear number of ancient trees.These first few were tiny compared to the really ancient ones I saw later on. They look dead but they are n…
    - 15 Jun 13, 10:18am -
  • Majorca a woodsman's walking tour

    Majorca a woodsman's walking tour

    Majorca is famous for cheap package tours to the sun, stag and hen parties at Magaluf and the likes.  There is another side to the island, the North coast is mountainous, wild and has a long distance footpath running along it's length, perfect for a…
    - 15 Jun 13, 10:12am -

Wood You Like to Craft?

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Craft Goodies

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Craft Goodies

    Happy spring to you all from Wendy at Craft Goodies! Hopefully spring has found you and you're sitting back enjoying sunshine, soft breezes,  and the color coming back to our world.  Spring is by far my favorite season,  it just makes me happy so…
    - 17 Apr 15, 6:34pm -
  • Picket Fence Wreath Hanger Crafty Sisters

    Picket Fence Wreath Hanger Crafty Sisters

    Hello from Crafty Sisters!  I am always so grateful for Wood You Like To Craft to get me motivated to finish some of my "to do" list items.  We thought this picket fence wreath hanger would be a perfect Spring project!  Of course I didn't hang a w…
    - 14 Apr 15, 8:29pm -
  • Watering Can Flower Pot- Sassy Sanctuary

    Watering Can Flower Pot- Sassy Sanctuary

    Hello Everyone!  Krystal From Sassy Sanctuary here today!  You may have noticed that the WYLTC gals have been pretty hit and miss with posting in recent months.  Life tends to get in the way and crafting has taken a back burner for us.  But we st…
    - 13 Apr 15, 11:01am -
  • "Adore"--ing Christmas with Craft Goodies

    "Adore"--ing Christmas with Craft Goodies

    So did you read in Melinda's post yesterday about this being a really busy time of year and forgetting the important things? (Fortunately, I did remember it's my turn to post today before the day was over!)It's Wendy here today to wrap up this fun we…
    - 12 Dec 14, 2:51am -
  • Each of us is an Innkeeper {Under My Umbrella}

    Each of us is an Innkeeper {Under My Umbrella}

    Merry Christmas everyone!  Melinda here from over at Under My Umbrella.  I wanted to keep my ornament simple and let it speak for itself.   Christmas is such an important and busy time of the year.  I think we often find we don't have time to rem…
    - 10 Dec 14, 1:27pm -
  • Star of Bethlehem- Sassy Sanctuary

    Star of Bethlehem- Sassy Sanctuary

    Hello everyone!  Krystal from Sassy Sanctuary here today and so excited to be back for another round of WYLTC!  Now I have a confession to make.  I have never made a Christmas ornament before.  I know...crazy!  What kind of crafter am I?!Now I h…
    - 9 Dec 14, 1:57pm -
  • Baby Jesus Ornaments from Crafty Sisters

    Baby Jesus Ornaments from Crafty Sisters

    Seasons Greetings from Crafty Sisters!We are so glad to be back with Wood You Like To Craft andDecember's theme of Baby Jesus Ornaments! Krystal, Wendy, Melinda, Candace and I thought it would be so fun to do an Ornament Exchange with a common theme.…
    - 8 Dec 14, 1:49pm -
  • crafty sisters summer garden stakes

    crafty sisters summer garden stakes

    It's still Thursday somewhere right?In my mad rush to head out of town to a Lacrosse tournament,  I was barely able to get my pictures uploaded to post for this month's summer project!  I even forgot to upload my original wood cuts for a full tutor…
    - 13 Jun 14, 2:42am -
  • Summer Fun Stand from Craft Goodies

    Summer Fun Stand from Craft Goodies

    Summer can't seem to get here fast enough! I've been ready for it to get here for at least the last month. Hey there all, it's Wendy from Craft Goodies here to share my take on our ongoing "Summer" theme.  I have to admit, this one had me stumped fo…
    - 11 Jun 14, 6:02pm -
  • Hello Sunshine!- Sassy Sanctuary

    Hello Sunshine!- Sassy Sanctuary

    Hello all!  Krystal from Sassy Sanctuary here today. Its been a long time, no blogging.  Here is my excuse.Meet Liam!The last couple of months have been spent snuggling this little guy and chasing his 3 older siblings.  So not much crafting was go…
    - 10 Jun 14, 12:16pm -
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ThisWoodwork

  • Desk Draw Dividers (Free Plans)
      Generally I am one for being organised and my desk draws are no exception. I decided I needed some draw dividers for all my pens, pencils and paperclips at university, and being a woodworker, I wasn’t about to go out and buy some! When I decided…
    - 22 Feb 15, 12:00pm -
  • Making Wooden Sunglasses- Summer Woodworking Project
      In response to a request from a viewer, I decided to make some homemade wooden sunglasses, for summer. A project, which on the surface appears very simple, will take a fair bit of time and care to get just right, but despite the work involved, the…
    - 22 Jul 14, 1:18pm -
  • Tablesaw Crosscut Sled
      A cross-cut sled allows highly repeatable and accurate cross cuts (as the name suggests) to be performed with a tablesaw. Cross-cut sleds cost next to nothing to make and will far out perform the wobbly mitre fence which came with your saw. Be su…
    - 16 Jun 14, 3:43pm -
  • Video Blog | Back to University -24/04/14
      I’m back at university for the final few weeks before the summer. I answer a few questions as well as providing a preview of an upcoming video, Veneer-backed phone cases.      
    - 9 May 14, 2:15pm -
  • Turning a Log into a Vase on the Wood Lathe
      In the following video I demonstrate how to turn a small wooden vase on the lathe, out of a log which has some very beautiful spalting. As a small design feature I slanted the top of the vase, this was easily achieved at the tablesaw, although a h…
    - 27 Apr 14, 12:09pm -
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