Sunday, 31 July 2011

Batteries Recharged.

So after taking a mini camping trip with my grandson i returned full of inspiration and a few new ideas for future projects.

                We managed two great days of good weather and one slightly overcast but still dry.

                                       It was hard getting him to leave the goats behind!!

Then today i managed to complete the fireplace in the Tudor Gallery. It was fun to build this as it only measures 15mm across and has to be the smallest fireplace I've ever worked on!

Its strange how addictive build this miniature has become and I'm learning a lot as i go along so hopefully the next one i do will be slightly easier.
A warm welcome to all my new followers and a big thank you for taking an interest in my work.
                                                       Have a great week.  Tony.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Tudor Gallery Progress.

The last couple of days have been quite productive i managed to find a material to use that's suitable for the glass in the windows, its a protective layer of glass that's used to cover the front of light reactive welding masks, easy to cut and the thickness is perfect. Because i constructed the main front window before i had found this it meant i had to remove the window and start all over again which i didn't really want to do but was the best option,hence you can now see the difference.

The three completed windows all now have glass fitted. The floor boards on the upper level have also been fitted along with the upper stairs rail and posts

Next week should see the completion of the other windows, I'm also working on a way of installing a tiny light if all goes well the switch and batteries will be housed in the cabinet or chest which it will eventually stand on , Plenty to do before i get to that stage though! Id just like to say a warm welcome to all my new followers and thank them for taking an interest in what i make.
                                  Now off for a camping trip with my grandson for a few days.
                                                   Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Tudor Gallery Update.

So ive spent the past week constructing the upper level and fitting it, i also managed to make the main front window although this wont have anything resembling glass in it due to the fact i cant find anything of a sutable thickness which i can cut without it breaking so im happy to leave it as is.

The next phase is for me to compleate the windows make and fit the floorboards and work on the rear section that contains a fire place and the chimney, i will be limited on time this coming week as i shall be taking my grandson on his first camping trip for a couple of days weather permiting!!

Id also like to say a warm welcome to all my new followers and thank them for taking an intrest in the things i make.
                                                    Have a great week everyone.  Tony.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Tudor Art Gallery

As you may know last week i started making what was then a Tudor style building out of scraps of wood which i had left over from other projects i have now decided this is going to be an art gallery.
these are the latest progress shots after what I've completed this week.

Ive managed to complete the first floor walls and the joists which will hold the upper level. Also the stair case and stone floor have been laid, and a few pieces of art work hung on the walls.

The dimensions at the moment are 65mm x 45mm by 35mm in height however this will change once I've added the upper level.
Once the house itself is completed it will be mounted to either a medieval style chest or a set of 1/12 scale draws, I've uploaded a photo of it placed on a recent piece of 1/12 scale furniture i made to give you some idea.

                           Hopefully throughout next week i shall get started on the next floor level.
                                                       Have a great week everyone. Tony

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Medieval Chest 2

Another compleated piece but this time in a differnt style.

Making the lock plates and latches on these is very time consuming and a difficult task, my search for miniature reproduction locks and latches already made is proving fruitless so for the time being i shall have to carry on making them myself. After studying various chests and coffers from this period i have also discovered that many are missing lock plates and latches so i may attempt a couple of pieces like this and see how they turn out.
Also this weekend i have been looking at using all of the off cuts which i have collected while producing this pieces and to what use i could put them to.

As i have a great interest in timber framed buildings i thought id have a go at producing a miniature version of one.

I have no idea how this is going to turn out! i wont be concentrating all my time into this piece just picking it up when i have nothing else on the go, so i shall post photos of its progress every now and then and it may change from what you see here.
Also ive cut up more material today to start making some new pieces, im not sure yet what ill be making but once i do so shall you.

Beautiful 17th century oak after cutting away all of the rot im quite happy at what ive ended up with, enough for at least 3 or 4 new pieces depending upon size.
Id also like to welcome my new followers unfortunatly at the moment none of my followers are visible to me im not sure if this is a problem with blogger or my browser but hopefully it will return back to normal soon. Have a great week!   Tony.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Medieval chest 1.

A chest,coffer or kist as they have become known are one of the oldest forms of furniture. They are typically a rectangular structure with four walls and a liftable lid and are usually used for storage which may have included fine cloths , weapons , food stuffs , and of course valuable items.
This is the first chest i have made using timber which i collected from the house in the photographs below.

Originally built in the 13th century by the de Schobenhales the only original part which still exists is the moat which runs around it.The house visible in the photograph was erected in the 15th century  and was given to the monks of Burton abbey as a retreat for blood letting, rest and recuperation.
It wasn't until i met my wife that it came to light my farther in law occupied the wing visible in this photo in the late 1940s.

The wood used to construct this piece is English oak and came from one of the roof timbers of the building on the far left in the 1970s when it was in serious disrepair and was being used as a shelter for farm animals ,this was part of an extension built in the 1600s.

The completed piece measure 100mm x 50mm x 50mm and is polished with natural beeswax .