woodworking


Some spoons I’ve been working on. They are all made of walnut wood. The cut-offs from the bowls.

 

I acquired a walnut tree trunk diameter 40 cm some time ago but I did not really have time to carve something from it yet. Past couple of days however I took myself some time to make some things. I really like Richard Law’s and Robin Woods carved bowls. So I made a horse more or less like this, but from wood that I had left from building the Atelier for Mariana so it is a bit chunky.

To try out how the walnut wood works I’ve made some spoons, at first they did not look too good but after a while I got the hang of it. Walnut is has a bit more fibre then the birch or alder that I usually use. When you start cutting into the bark you can smell the junglone. It smells a bit like hospital disinfectant.

The wood itself is white when it is wet and the core wood is dark grayish brown. You get purple oxidation marks on the wood when carving it wet. When the wood dries it gets darker brown. I haven’t oiled any of the spoons yet so I don’t know how that looks. They still need to dry a little.

Making the bowls themselves is pretty straightforward. I’ve hollowed them out with a little adze. Then using a 25mm gauge and finished it with the spoonknife.  For the outside I used the axe and then a pushknife, and finished with my carving knife.

I bought the pushknife online and it was called a drawknife but it never really worked for me. Somehow it didn’t bite into the wood like the second hand drawknifes I bought and repaired. But now I’ve discovered that it works very well as a pushknife and that is fine by me.

I still need to make the bowls and spoons smooth when the wood dried a bit. I probably use the spoonknife and an scrape iron to finish the inside.

The new horse works pretty well, should have made that I while ago. I was scared that after a couple of blows, I could pick everything up from the floor. But I’m surprised by the strength of the clamp from just two simple wedges.

I think the shape of the bowl is a bit boring, but one has to start somewhere. I’m going to make some more and bigger ones next week.



The atelier is sort of ready, everything is moved inside. The stove is working, lights are on and the water is running. There is a huge table inside and shelves filled with wool. With the stove on we get the temperature up to 17°C which is more then enough when you are doing stuff. There are still no locks on the door and windows. Don’t tell anybody. It was either to rainy or to cold to be doing that sort of job.

Now it is covered in snow and makes a pretty picture if you forget about the houses in the back. The chair standing there is our temporary lock.

 

We decided to take a few days off, Seba was free from school, I took a couple of days off and Mariana promised to not touch any wool for four days. We did not want to go too far away, and the only thing we really wanted to do is walk in the woods. So we went to Sauerland in Germany. Sauerland is an rural area in the east of Nord-Rhein-Westphalen, it has some hills but it is low enough to have deciduous forests. The weather is always great if you don’t mind rain, wind and cold. The specific town where we went was Heringhausen on the shore of the Diemelsee, a lake formed by the Diemeldam. The Diemeldam is made as a hydroelectric plant in 1924.

The woods around the Diemelsee have mainly beech and oak trees (also larch and pine) and we came just in the right moment, when the leaves started to turn yellow and brown.

Seba and I checking the map, making sure we where going the right direction.

These are some examples of timber-framed houses in Korbach, worth a visit if you like timer-framed houses. The houses in Korbach are richly decorated and painted in many colours something I haven’t really seen before in this form, it is also unique in the region. Lots of woodcarving in the posts and text engraved over the doorways.

Also typical for Sauerland is the slate covering of roofs, walls and sometimes complete houses. Very often the rain side of the houses is covered in slate.

This is how Florcita’s atelier looks from the inside. Everything is painted or oiled now, except for the floor which is going to be white. Not to many technological achievements here, just wanted to share the view.

 

Nope, this is not for eating, this concoction is a mix of several plant dyes.  As far as I know it contains madder, woad and meekrap . Sorry about that, it contained only madder, and the copper of the kettle. Mariana wanted to dye some wool and experiment a bit.  Seba and I volunteered making a fire in the garden, fire and boys is always a winning combination. We smelled pretty smoked.

We also managed to paint the front of the atelier, welcome in Sweden. The red rotfarg paint works very well, it goes straight on the boards, without sanding, you only have to take the sand of a bit.  The walls inside are plastered they just needs to be painted (and cleaned). Some of the windows have been put. Things are moving forward. I hope that everything is done before the end of october. There is also a lot of garden work coming up, I need to do lots of pruning on the fruit and nut trees around our house.

The is also some harvesting to be done, these brussels sprouts are almost there.

If you consider that I don’t really like painting too much, one might wonder how the decision to make a wooden house came to be. On the other hand it really starts coming together now. The window frames are in, and painted at least one hand, they’ll need a third one but that is more cosmetic then necessary. We painted  the wall in the back rodfarg red and the other walls still need to be painted. Plumbing and electrics are done except for the wall sockets. Also I’ve insulated the floor and put planks on top.

Remaining work is; insulating and plasterboard putting, plastering (not looking forward), wall sockets, floor painting, painting the outside. Ooooh very important, I still need to put the glass in the windows, very nice in winter. And then last, install the heating, a small swedish woodburning stove, which will also heat up our tent when we go winter camping.

Pffff, better get back too work….

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