Archive for the ‘stained woods’ category

Stained Woods has a new home

April 22, 2011

Almost, anyway.  If you have not heard, I’ve moved to Aberdeen, SD.  I’m getting the new space ready to start creating.  I think I’m going to need some shelves.  In the mean time, if you are interested in what I’ve been up to in a non-Stained Woods kind of way, you can check out my new tumblr.  I’m trying to keep track of all the new things, sayings, photos that I run into while getting settled in to the other side of the Mid-West.  Check it out, send a comment or inspiration my way.

Stained Woods is on the move

April 6, 2011

Yes, it’s true. I am no longer living in Indiana, and have moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota.  I’m still setting up the new work space, and can’t wait to get back to staining wood.  Until then, check out my new tumblr.  Hub Citizen. I’m attempting to track what I seen and learn about my new home.

Adventures in masking

November 27, 2010

Stained Woods and I are in the process of moving to South Dakota.  Here’s a few pics of my dismantled work spaces.

Oh, and I’ve found some new masking materials.  Tape with attached plastic sheeting for additional masking.  Very useful for painting the ceiling, but not sure if it will be added into the Stained Woods inventory.

Yes, the stained glass below is my work, too.

Moving on, with lessons learned

July 25, 2010

I’ve blogged about my IATSE 618 logo project several times.  I am feeling the need to get the final project out of my head, so I can move on to something else. I tried several new techniques, most of which turned out rather well:  New stencil paper, arced tape lines, stencil numbers and letters.  I’ve learned a few unexpected lessons along the way as well:  Don’t over-burnish the tape, ’cause you’ll get dimples; the stencil numbers are rather sticky and the wood needs to be cleaned after use; and most importantly, measure the length of the nails used in the sawtooth picture hanger.  I couldn’t fix the last problem, and have been angry at myself for this simple mistake for quite awhile.  It’s time to move on.

Not that I won’t come back to it, but I think I need to mix it up a bit.

IATSE progress

May 21, 2010

I’ve finally had some progress with my version of the IATSE 618 bug.  Take a look:

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New blade!

May 4, 2010

I just had to share the new knife I picked up today.  The X-Acto Retractable.  It’s like a ball point pen, but with a blade!  I can’t wait to use it!

Hawaii: quilts and tattoos

March 23, 2010

I finally made it to Hawaii!  I’ve wanted to go there (as have so many) for quite some time, and just made it home. One of the visual themes that I kept running into were Hawaiian quilts and tattoos. There’s a lot of history behind both, too. I took a few pics of patterns that I liked, and I might even try.  And, yes, before you ask, several are from the shower curtain!

I also managed to pick up a bit of lumber while I was there, too.  It was in a great little store called Woodshop Gallery & Cafe in Honomu Village near Akaka Falls.  Some mango and curly koa.  Now to figure out what to do with it.

IATSE meets Stained Woods

January 31, 2010

My worlds are colliding.

I believe I’ve mentioned before that I’m a stagehand.  A sister in good standing in IATSE Local 618, Bloomington, IN.  That’s International Alliance for Theatrical Stage Employees.    One of my friends asked if it would be possible to get a Stained Woods version of our logo — or bug, as we call it.  It already looks like one of my star patterns, and thought I’d give it a try.  So, I spent an afternoon doing a quick mock-up, and trying a couple of new techniques.  Overall, I think it was a successful — even though a bit hurried, and therefore sloppier than I’d like — trial run.

Craft show

December 3, 2009

Yes, it’s true.  I’ve been working on some things for an upcoming craft show.  Mostly jatoba ornaments and more of the “tag” style from last year.  I wish I had decided to do this show more than two weeks ago — I might not have felt quite so frantic this past week.  However, being the night before, I’m finally feeling as if I won’t need to be up all night finishing and tung-oiling.  I’ll also be taking some trivets and coaster sets that I’ve been meaning to put up on Etsy. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

New supplies and new ornaments

November 28, 2009