Saturday, 26 November 2011

Giveaway Draw.

I promised my 4 year old grandson that he could choose the winning name on my blog giveaway so here he is choosing the winner.

                                                        The winner is ALEXANDRA


                            Could you please send me your email address so i can arrange postage.
                                           My contact button is in the right hand colum

I would also like to thank everyone else who took the time to leave a comment and participate in my first ever giveaway, i have thoroughly enjoyed it and only wish i could send everyone a small gift.
I look forward to hosting another in the future.

Have a great weekend everyone and many thanks :)         Tony

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Medieval Livery Cupboard.

Finally complete this is my personal version of a livery cupboard which dates to around 1650. The timber used to create this piece is English Oak and dates to around 1630 and was acquired from a house undergoing renovations.

I decided from the start that i wanted to included some draws in the construction these would maybe have been used for holding spices or expensive ingredients for that period. The inside of the cupboard has been hand painted in a yellow orhre paint which also would have been accurate for that period.

Solid brass butterfly hinges hold the front doors in place and the whole piece is held together with wooden dowels the cupboard door knobs are individually hand carved from the same timber. This piece of work like all of my others is unique in that another will not be made in the same design.

Its been a great piece to make and i have enjoyed sharing the development of the piece with everyone.

I would also like to welcome all of my new followers, i was a little surprised to say the least when i saw how many i now have, many thanks for taking the time to view my blog and follow my work.

There's still 6 days remaining until my giveaway ends so if you wish to be entered for a chance to win just leave a comment on why you would like to own this particular piece of work, you never know you could be lucky!

Have a great week everyone       Tony.


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Cupboard Update.

After looking at different options for handles for the cupboard doors and draw fronts i decided that i liked just the plain wood ones which are pictured in the photos below. I carved these from the same timber and temporarily fixed them into position so i could get an overall view on how it looked and they blend in perfectly.

Getting each one to look pretty much the same took some time as i carved these with just a sharp scalpel blade.

All the insides of the draws have been painted in a rich yellow orche to match the cupboard interiors, the next step is to complete the upper cupboard draw fronts and attach them and finally give it another couple of coats of bee's wax.
Greetings to all of my new followers,and many thanks for taking an interest in the pieces i make and write about.
I'm quite amazed at how many people have left comments on my giveaway post and I'm sure that one lucky reader of my blog will be happy with what they receive thank you to all for taking the time to read through it and leave your comments.
Have a great week everyone  :)                      Tony.


Friday, 11 November 2011

Giveaway Gift.

Ive been saying for the past couple of weeks that i was intending to do a giveaway as a small thank you for all who follow my blog and show an interest in what i make.This is the piece of work which is up for grabs.

Based on a Tudor jewellery casket, this piece has been made using Bone/Ivory and is also lined with red material which came from a broken Victorian jewellery box.

Inside sits a beautiful Rare welsh smokey quartz gemstone which i had cut around 20 years ago i actually had two cut from the same piece of quartz i had, the other remains in my personal collection.

                     The outer dimensions of this piece are 20mm square,the inside measures 15mm.

All you have to do to stand a chance of winning this wonderful small treasure is be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment saying why you would like to own it simple as that!
                    The winner will be picked at random and announced on the 26th November 2011.

                                                       Best of luck to everyone.    Tony.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Doors Fitted.

The Cupboard is moving along nicely and this week i have managed to build and attach the bottom pair of cupboard doors ive also given it 3 coats of bee's wax. I have to say this piece is becoming a favourite of mine it has a wonderful feel and weight about it and the wood still retains its old smell.

The interior has been painted in a yellow ochre coloured paint, the next step is for me to decide if i should fit handles onto the cupboards doors or not as in the photo in the previous post where only latches have been used? Hmm im thinking that if i decide not to fit handles onto the doors that the draws are going to look a little odd with handles fitted to them.The other problem is that with this being a miniature if i don't fit handles or knobs to the doors then its going to be rather difficult to open them. Ideas or comments on this are appreciated!!
I'm also still working on a special piece as a giveaway gift hopefully pics will be posted soon so stay tuned for a chance to win a rather special little treasure!
Have a great week everyone.