FINALLY got around to updating my website!

For some reason, which totally escapes me (other than I’ve been pretty busy in the last two years…), I have failed to maintain ‘current’ events on this website.  Well, the last few days I have had some time (while waiting for finish to cure on a very important woodworking project) and have added posts dating all the way back to February 2020!  Yeah, I know, it’s been a long time…

I was surprised to find that, as I started, I couldn’t even view the website because the hosting company had updated some software without updating all the requisites so the site didn’t even work!  Sigh…

In any case, if you’ve been one of the ones who have been checking in, I apologize for letting this languish and will try to do better in the future!!!

Terrain Map Box Birthday Present

Refining my CNC carving skills I realized I could try carving terrain maps on Corian.  I saw something similar added on to a wooden box and decided this would make a great birthday present for a friend of mine.  So, after capturing a terrain map of Penobscot Bay from Terrain2STL, I carved the terrain into a piece of Corian and, to hold/frame it, I designed a box made out of Ambrosia Maple with a Mahogany liner.

The map covers most of Penobscot Bay, from Owl’s Head to the mouth of the Penobscot river at Sandy Point, with Camden on the West side, Castine on the East.  You can easily make out Belfast, Camden, and Rockport Harbors, Lincolnville Beach,  Vinalhaven & North Haven, Islesboro, and Castine as well as the coastline around Searport.

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Corner view of box with carved terrain map.

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Opposite corner of box with terrain map.

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View showing interior of box with Mahogany lining.

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Top view of terrain carving of Penobscot Bay on Corian.

Birthday present for Kate

I originally intended this to be ready for Kate & Paul’s Wedding reception (which had been delayed a year due to Covid isolation practices).  Missing that, the next ‘event’ would be Christmas, but I just missed that by about a week.  So, I decided to save it for Kate’s birthday!

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Carved wood inlay anniversary plaque for Kate & Paul.
Base is walnut, lettering is aspen, lavender flower petals are purple heart, and leaves are green poplar.


Fun Valentine’s Day ‘Cards’

Our daughter asked me if I could make some interesting Valentine’s Day ‘Cards’ that our granddaughter could hand out to her Day Care class.  Each ‘card’ would hold a small tub of Playdoh and have a typical Valentine ‘saying’ with a PlayDoh twist!

How could I refuse?

These were engraved and cut into 3mm Baltic Birch plywood with my CO2 laser and then sanded and finished with a clear coat of water based varnish.  I made 18 of these so that all the kids would get one.  Great fun!

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Batch of 12 Valentine’s Day ‘Cards’ drying in Finishing room.

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