Our artist of the week this week (2/24) is Bill Long
Tips on Tuesday:
Start off with something simple. This way you can get a feel for the grains and how to work with wood. Always make sure your tools are sharp and wear protective gear. For wood does split and tends to rip if cut wrong. While trying to trace exact copies. I came up with this nifty technique using an ordinary pencil. I just shaved my pencil into a half-pencil by carefully grinding it on my belt sander. The flat edge enables my modified pencil to ride straight up along the edge of the template. It also works great for marking and then shaping inlays for my woodworking projects. There are many techniques to save time, but slow down and enjoy the experience.
When I look at wood I start thinking what can I turn that into. Working with a live edge it gives the project so much character. Picking the right stain or the finding the right hardware are more the pieces to the puzzle. This I think might be a sofa table or a coat rack. I best get to work.
I kept my design simple with the cutting board. This was one of the first piece I made. Then I did a bench just to see if I could work out the fundamentals of keeping it level. I grew in my confidence and started experimenting with different shapes. I love working with wood because the ideas are endless.