Saturday, 10 October 2015

Inside Out.

Hi everyone, ive got to the point now on the commissioned piece where the clues as to what it will eventually be are getting easier to decipher, before i work on anymore of the exterior of this piece i need to complete the interior! all will become clearer in possibly my next post but first i need to make quite a few of the glass vials in the following photograph.

                                                     (Image taken from google search)
Well i'm sure now that a little more has become apparent especially to Harry Potter fans as to what it could possibly be?

Ive managed to make around fifty of these tiny glass vials so far but i have quite a few more still to go, a tedious task but hopefully well worth the effort once they're done i put a tiny spot of gilding size on the tip of this match to balance this one on so you can see the scale.
Stay tuned for further progress!!
Have a great week everyone  Tony.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Commision Progress.

Hi everyone, well as promised here is the first photos of the commissioned piece i'm working on at the moment.Its still in its very early stages so it does look a little rough but once i start to assemble the piece i will tidy everything up.I  dont really want to give too much away as to what the actual piece will become so until i start the assembly i shall leave your imaginations to ponder at will some of you may even guess what its actually going to become.

           As you may guess from looking carefully there will be three separate levels once its put together.

I have another two pieces to construct with the tiny holes in, these will eventually hold something that will also rotate to allow you to choose which item is required,so far just in the pieces i have put together i have cut a total of 110 parts and this is just the start, i know its all a little puzzling at the moment but all shall become a little more clear very soon!
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Silent but busy

Hi everyone, ive been silent the last couple of weeks this is due to the fact i have been deep in thought about a commissioned piece i'm working on, i'm guessing it has to rank amongst one of the most difficult pieces i have constructed but things are slowly coming together and hopefully i shall be able to share some photos with you all in the coming weeks. My own build has been put on hold until i complete this as i have said i'm in no rush to finish my own build and it's nice to be able to break off from it for a while and gather new inspirations and ideas for the interior, i'm still experimenting with colours but nothing is set in concrete just yet! Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Saturday, 5 September 2015


Hi everyone, well I've managed to spend some quality time this week on my own build and a few other things.

As you can see from the photo i have just about managed to complete two walls now, both windows are installed and the door is well on its way to being completed ( photos will follow ), nothing has been glued in place just yet as i still have holes to drill in the floor which will allow for the wiring to be taken into the base i also want to paint the walls before they are permanently fixed in position, i guess it doesn't really look like much has been done but I'm happy with the amount i have achieved in the time I've had.
In between doing this and waiting for glue to dry i decided to have a go at a small painting in oils.

Its painted on a wooden panel and depicts a scene from the coast where i spent some time this year, i enjoyed doing this and hopefully will find the time to do some more.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Monday, 31 August 2015


Hi Folks, its been a few weeks since i last posted due mainly to work commitments and the fact i haven't been finishing until gone 10.00pm at night so apologies to everyone who has left comments that i didn't reply to straight away . I'm now off work for a few days which means i can hopefully get a little work in on my own build, catch up on all your posts and do a few other things too.
I have just completed this Cassone or Marriage chest which i started a while back.

The chest has four carved panels two at the front and one at each end which are also surrounded with a gilded gold border above these sits a band of ivory strip which is also continued in the centre.

I used reclaimed timber to make this piece which was once part of a decorative fireplace, the chest is
3'' long and just over 1.5'' in depth and stands just over 1.5'' in height. The Cassone or marriage chest was usually given to the bride by her parents as their contribution to the wedding and would commonly sit at the foot of the bed, I'm guessing these would have had a multitude of usages from personal effects to keeping clothes and maybe even bedding in, some could be lavishly decorated with paintings of the family and there crests too. This piece is available on my FOR SALE page.
Hopefully i will be sharing some new photos of the progress on my build a little later in the week.
Have a great week everyone.  Tony.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Catch Up.

I have now managed to catch up on a few jobs around the home and complete the commission piece which i spoke of in previous post Hopefully this will be on its way to the USA this week.

The casket contains a book of hours and also has a false bottom which can be removed to reveal a secret hiding place for small treasures and valuables.

Hopefully over the next few weeks i will be spending a little more time on my own build with a view to start constructing the main front entrance and constructing the other half of the ground floor walls.
Have a great week everyone.  Tony.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Busy Week.

Ive been so busy this past week with odd jobs that really needed to be done that i've had little time for miniatures, i always service and maintain my own cars and the time had come where i couldn't put it off any longer.

A full week spent in the garage with my son helping out made light work of what i needed to do. I did find a little time to complete another wall section of my build, this will now take a back seat while i finish off commissions .

I also bought a few tester paint pots from Craig & Rose in period colours so i can have a play and see which colours i like, i'll post updates on this in a later post, all the walls are still fully removable at this point just incase i have any change of mind,Once i start work on this again i shall be tackling the door and then working my way to the other side of the room.
Have a great week everyone. Tony.