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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…
    - 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

  • Matsuura Machinery USA Expands Personnel
    David Hudson has been appointed their new vice president of sales and marketing, one of a several new personnel appointments.
    - 7 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 1:26pm -
  • U.S. Machine Tool Orders Accelerate
    June manufacturing technology orders climbed 6.5 percent over May to $373.2 million.
    - 7 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 1:07pm -
  • Does Your Metal Pass the Test? Instant Metal Identification
    The portable Watson II XRF analyzer from Tribogenics has a Silicon Drift Detector that allows fabricators to instantly verify metal composition and avoid using incorrect or out-of-specification alloys.
    - 7 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 9:52pm -
  • Scanning Probes Speed up Coating Thickness Testing
    Elcometer showcases three Ultra/Scan probes as options for their 456 Coating Thickness Gauge. These probes are available for measurement of coating thickness on either ferrous (F) metals or non-ferrous metals (NF) metals.
    - 7 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 9:41pm -
  • Ultrafast Metals Analysis of a Wide Range of Alloys
    The Vulcan LIBS handheld metals analyzer from Oxford Instruments provides high performance and guarantees very high accuracy and precision for its analysis results. For example, when analyzing aluminum, it not only provides the commercial grade of al…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 8:55pm -
  • Motorized Rotary Stage Moves 2D Measurements to Full 360 Degrees
    The CoreX2 from OASIS is their largest Field of View system that can measure multiple dimensions on a part to an accuracy of up to ±.0002 in and, with the addition of the new Motorized Rotary Stage, can rotate parts a full 360 deg to get profile ima…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 8:24pm -
  • Affordable Pin Gage Sets
    Affordable pin gage sets from Meyer Gage come packaged with box and insert clearly marked to measure hole sizes, calculate distances between holes, gage slot widths, and also for Go or No-Go gaging measuring of hole sizes and depths, checking hole lo…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Aug 17, 8:59pm -
  • How to Take the Work Out of Quality Compliance
    Isolocity is a cloud-based all-in-one quality management system that eliminates all of the paper-based processes once required for managing quality in a facility by automating the tasks involved with quality management.
    - 8 days ago, 12 Aug 17, 8:31pm -
  • CT-Based Coordinate Measuring Machines
    The METROTOM CT-based coordinate measuring machine from Zeiss is ideal for flexibly measuring and inspecting a wide range of applications regarding the dimensional size and material density in one X-ray scan, including hybrid parts made from differen…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Aug 17, 7:54pm -
  • Intelligent Lifting of Large Plates into CNC Machines
    Ideal for loading of large plates in CNC machines, the free-standing plug-and-play Easy Arm 660 Intelligent Lifting Device from Gorbel has a load capacity up to 660 lb.
    - 8 days ago, 12 Aug 17, 7:40pm -

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…
    - 38 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…
    - 59 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…
    - 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

  • newWeek in Review – August 13-20

    Week in Review – August 13-20

    This week, Nancy Hiller demonstrated her simple strategy for installing Blum Tandem slides – one for setting the depth and one for setting the height of the slide in the cabinet box. Her process was developed over years of using jigs that went out…
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Aug 17, 7:39am -
  • VIDEO: How to Build a Hall Table with Simple Tools – I Can Do That!

    VIDEO: How to Build a Hall Table with Simple Tools – I Can Do That!

    Chad Stanton built an awesome Hall Table with simple tools and wood purchased from the home center in his latest episode of I Can Do That! This video will walk you through, step-by-step, the entire build. Chad uses a very modest tool set – this pr…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Aug 17, 6:18am -
  • Book Giveaway: The Homemade Workshop

    Book Giveaway: The Homemade Workshop

    What do you do when you need something for your shop? Do you spring for the new tool or machine you need without worrying about the cost? Probably not – few can afford outfit their shop with such wild abandon. But you’re a woodworker! Surely you…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 2:43pm -
  • Dugout Chair Step 2: Lose 200 Ugly Pounds

    Dugout Chair Step 2: Lose 200 Ugly Pounds

    I can roll this rotted log around my driveway for the dugout chair. But danged if I can lift it by myself. So the next step is to start chainsawing away the majority of the bulk that is not part of the finished chair. With my tiny 16” electric chai…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 17, 12:02pm -
  • Dugout Chair Step 1: Get it Out of the Truck

    Dugout Chair Step 1: Get it Out of the Truck

    After picking up the rotted stump for my dugout chair, I parked my truck in front of my shop and then went inside to ponder: How do I get it out of the truck? Sure, there are lots of redneck methods involving wax paper, Wesson oil and chains. But I w…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Aug 17, 8:37pm -
  • Success Isn’t at the Bookstore or the Museum

    Success Isn’t at the Bookstore or the Museum

    When my first book, “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use,” was released, I played a game that many first-time authors play. I looked for my book on the shelves of any bookstore I visited. After a few years I gave up. I’ve ne…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Aug 17, 10:42am -
  • Glutton for Punishment: My First Furniture Build

    Glutton for Punishment: My First Furniture Build

    When I joined the Popular Woodworking team I had 14 years of editing and publishing experience. My woodworking experience was a bit more lacking – let’s say… level zero. But, I was eager to learn and Megan knew it. She asked me what I wanted to…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Aug 17, 10:00am -
  • Deep Discounts on 3 Print Titles – Building Arts and Crafts Furniture, Make a Windsor Chair and Hand Tool Fundamentals

    Deep Discounts on 3 Print Titles – Building Arts and Crafts Furniture, Make a Windsor Chair and Hand Tool Fundamentals

    We’re clearing off a shelf in the warehouse for new titles, and as a result, have three good books (the print versions only) available right now at a deep discount. The first is “Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture: Shop Drawings for 33 Trad…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 9:41am -
  • Titanium Dioxide a Carcinogen? Europe Thinks It Is

    Titanium Dioxide a Carcinogen? Europe Thinks It Is

    It’s not just solvents such as methylene chloride that are coming under scrutiny as suspected human carcinogens. (I wrote about methylene chloride in the June, 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking.) The European Chemicals Agency’s Committee for Risk…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 9:38am -
  • How to Repaint Numbers & Graduations on a Steel Ruler: Restoring John Walters’ Rusted Starrett Ruler

    How to Repaint Numbers & Graduations on a Steel Ruler: Restoring John Walters’ Rusted Starrett Ruler

    After finding a rusted old Starrett ruler in a ‘Free stuff’ pile left by a neighbor, I decided to restore it and repaint the numbers and graduations. First, I placed it in a tray and covered it with a 20% vinegar solution for an hour or so. Then…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 11:46am -

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 -
Janine Just, Inc.
Janine Just, Inc.
Janine Just, Inc.
Janine Just, Inc.

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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