4 poster bed

Finally! After more then 3 years, working on it on and off... I'm proud to present the first version of the 4 poster beds. 

It's been a fun collaboration piece I've made together with my clever and dear miniature friend Gerry, who used his inquisitive mind to learn how to mill with the aid of CNC. Lots of parts were drawn on his computer and milled out by him. Just look at the marvelous job he did on the delicate tapered and two sided twisting pencil posts with petit finials.

The fun part was to combine both our skills so I added more detail with hand carved acanthus leaves in the mid section of the posts. And the same theme returns in this version with the centre rosette on the headboard.

The bed is a miniature version of a modern day king size.

Wish I could jump into it, but even beter; instead I'm getting ready for short holiday that I'm really looking forward to :D

Have a wonderful Good Friday & Easter Holiday

From hibernating to napping

After waking up from miniature hibernation and with most of the workshop up and running again, the first thing I did was to get back to the four poster beds. A project that had been on the back burner for far too long!

Imagine! It was over a year ago I'd made a start on carving the centre decorations... but fortunately fresh wood chips were scenting the new shop again.
I also had to find a way to make them portable, so just like the real thing I designed miniature hardware, or bed hooks, to be able to dismantle them. I carved the recess that would take the hardware áfter staining the pear wood or else the end grain would darken up too much. 

While a bed was taking shape I simultaneously worked on a matras. Not a fan of needle and thread this job was quite a challenge for me. Cos my sewing machine couldn't perform to the standard I was looking for, all the stitching needed to be done by hand :/

With tiny stitches I added piping round the edge...

... and padding when the matras was closed. The pillows were filled with bird sand. It's such a fine type of sand that it requires minute & tight stitching, but when that's in place anything stuffed with it will 'sit' like the real thing cause of its weight. One could opt to glue the seams for this particular use, to avoid the wee sand grains from falling out. But that can cause stiffness where it's to be avoided most of all. Again, anything to make it 'sit' and 'fall' naturally.  

And there you have it; a comfy and cosy crash pad. Anyone care for a little nap?

Time is ticking...

Hi everyone,

The past year real life has taken most of my attention away from making miniatures so hence my absence... One of the things was a possible move and with that would come the necessity of picking up my workshop. Aaah! Something I don't even wish my worst enemy! Imagine dismantling the organized chaos of an overflowing workshop full with boxes and cabinets stuffed with materials crammed with tools. You probably recognize it. A place, so full, yet where you can find anything blindfolded. So late summer I made a reluctant start to sort & pack...

A few weeks later...  the need to move was lifted. Hurray! I decided to make the most of the situation and redo the whole shop as the ever-growing bits, bobs and tools made me run into storage issues and irritations. Amongst was a more sufficient and permanent power tool set up too!

But first sorting out the paper archive;

Build a more efficient wood storage;

Repaint all the work surfaces;

 Scrape (40 years of dirt from) the floor. 

And while at that I'd found the front leg that disappeared while building the regency library chair :D

I'd relayed a bit of electric to feed the power tool area too and then it was on to build a few cabinets i'd managed to get my hands on;

A small one on the back wall;

A bigger one on the right, and most of the power tools with dust extraction in between;

And here's is the main work area reinstated;

I was at it for quite a while but very contend with how it turned out. By that time Christmas had come which is peek season at work so it wasn't till mid Januari that time was favorable to start thinking of building again... So apology for neglecting this blog, but as you can see it was for a good cause :)

Class proposals Guild School 2015

Hi everyone!

The other day I've returned from a fabulous week attending Guild School 2014 in Castine, Maine. Before I elaborate on my adventures in class, and the fun I had with old and new miniature friends, I'd like to share class offerings for next year. I know a lot of people who weren't there are keen to see if they need to get ready (already! :), and for those who were there it's a nice reminder!

So here it goes;

I've added a photo album and think i've captured all visuals accompanying this list. Enjoy!

class proposals Guild School 2015


Chess set storage box

Hi All,
Real life has been pretty hectic lately but some was in a very very good sort of way! A major one is I'll be able to go to Guild School after all! Whoeie!!! So happy, blessed and grateful :) So i've been doing some necessary last minute preparations... oh boy... it's just over two weeks! One of the things was to make a little something to donate to the auctions they always organize. I have a few bits and bobs but wanted to put in something really nice too. Proceeds go to the school and this way I can contribute to future scholar ship students! And here is it; a little storage box. 

Here's how I made it;

This is the set I'd made last year, but it lacked a neat box, come storage solution. 

So I made two little dove tailed drawers to fit a frame the size of the board.

 I decorated the outside with some parquetry, and made sure to miter the veneer at the corners of the box. 

It definitely needed square knobs, matching the checkers of the board and the pattern on all sides. I wanted to make brass knobs but i'd no stock that was wide enough, so i opted for wooden ones. 

Then lined the two drawers with paper thinned home dyed calf skin leather.

And finally added a little label next to my custom made heat stamp that a sweet miniature friend once made for me. 

A few final layers of various finishes, et voilà,
 it's ready to be played with :)

Hope it will do good,

IGMA Artisan Membership

AAAH! I don't know where to begin!

I'm delighted (that's and understatement!) about the fan-tas-tic news I received this morning; I've been awarded IGMA Artisan Membership! Oh wow! The pleasure! Yah!!! And so proud of myself too I didn't fail my first attempt but received this recognition straight away instead!

Long story short; late summer 2013 i realized that if I wanted to apply for Artisan member, this was the time to do it. Juggling family life & a job, I knew how little time I was left with. Still I set myself the goal to finish a total of 5 pieces before the year was over.  That would leave me ample time to cope with unforeseen setbacks, the necessary paperwork and posting it across the ocean.

Building was challenging. It was tedious too. And boy oh boy, was it frustrating at times! But… I loved every minute of it; it was all fun! I also made them their own bespoke traveling boxes, all matching in style. Seeing them grouped together was such a delightful sight; very rewarding and it brought a real sense of accomplishment.

All I needed to do now was to put together the required documentation. I decided upon a photo album to let the many pictures i'd made during the build speak for them selves.

I think the first page sums it all up;

Come springtime I'd send everything off in a ridiculously sturdy box, to protect it from what could happen during transit.  I can't say I've ever been more happy to see pieces go!!!  And with this last hurdle taken, all I was left with was to sit and wait… Argh! Exciting! Until this morning when i heard about the decision the selection committee had made. I've been granted Artisan Membership!

I can't begin to describe how much this recognition means to me. Most importantly I would like to thank each and everyone who've helped me personally but the list is so long, I'm scared I'll forget to mention some of you. Let me just say I cannot thank those enough who supported me with their encouragement and knowledge along this journey of growth and development. And those who've shown and kept faith in me, especially when my self criticism was bashing my confidence. You all know who you are!

Thank you all ever so much! I couldn't have done this without you. I love you lot, you are all true friends!

Proud new IGMA Artisan Member :)

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