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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Livery Cupboard Update.

Things are moving along nicely with this piece and I'm just about ready for starting work on the door fronts and draws.


The whole exterior is made from English Oak dating to around 1630 and held together with wooden dowels these will be toned down once i wax the completed piece.


Ive decided on constructing four cupboards, three draws in the upper half which are all different in size and then one large draw in the centre, once made the cupboards will have decorative fretwork panels and be held in place with butterfly hinges. I'm also going to decorate the interior cupboards with hand painted patterns before fitting the cupboard fronts.The dimensions for this piece are:-
130mm Height x 115mm Width x 50mm Depth.
A very warm welcome to my new followers,many thanks for taking an interest in my works and following my journey in the miniature world.
Have a great week everyone     Tony.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

New Timber.

Ive recently managed to get hold of some beautiful timbers from various buildings in the process of being restored or sadly being demolished, some of these timbers or so Ive being told were once part of a wooden hull ship, as some of you may know at the height of the industrial revolution the introduction of the first iron clad steam ships saw the demise of the large wooden hull ships and many were broken down  used in the construction of houses and farm buildings around the country but especially in coastal towns.


The photo above is a piece of English oak that once formed the lintel above a door way, this building had actually had render placed over all of the wooden features which obviously made them impossible to see until the property was bought and renovations had started to take place.
Over the next few weeks i will be using this timber to create some new pieces which will represent copies of furniture from that period.
The first piece which i have already started is based around a Livery cupboard which dates to around 1600 -1650 . Ive been studying different styles and designs of these types of furniture and have borrowed a few ideas and put them all together to create my own unique design. The image of the one below is by far my favourite but Ive decided to add some draws .


Ive not quite made my mind up yet if i should use timber fretwork panels for the doors or carved bone but I'm still in the early stages of this piece so Ive got a little time yet to decide, I'm also working on a small present for my wife for Christmas hopefully i will put some photos up of this in a few weeks, and finally i have a small project on the go which once complete will be used in my first giveaway so stay tuned for more details on that too. A warm welcome to my new followers, Many thanks for taking an interest in my works and following my blog.
Have a great week everyone!           Tony.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Ladies Work Table Complete.

Aptly named Lady Ann's Table! Lift the top and inside rests the personal ring seal of Lady Ann Pope the damaged document this was taken from was dated 1629, the seal itself is in remarkable condition and is still attached to the original document vellum with part of the green ribbon still visible underneath.The top of the lid is covered in red calf leather.


The seal has been encapsulated in a solid brass airtight compartment with a quartz viewing window and is set with 4 green gemstones and 4 clear gemstones around the outside these were taken from broken pieces of old jewellery and in my opinion give the piece a distinct Renaissance feel.



A unique and wonderful piece of history encased in its own miniature piece of furniture.
A warm welcome to my new followers, and many thanks for taking an interest in my blog.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Table Update.

I made sure i put some time aside to take a couple of photos this week. As you can see from the photos i have decided instead of making four legs to just make one instead, after looking at various different designs online most of the ones i viewed seemed to all follow this trend so i decided i would to.



Its not quite finished yet as i still have some decoration to add to the lower half, but the basic shape is complete. Dimensions are 75mm height x 50mm width.


There's also a little more work to do on the inside once this is done i shall take some more photos showing the inside and the contents which is in my view a remarkable little treasure.
The wood i used to make this piece was once a box used for holding engineering instruments which dated to around 1900 it was tosed away so i decided i would take it home and put it to some use i think you would agree it looks better like this than burnt on a bonfire.
Stay tuned for the compleated piece next week and the contents!
As always a very warm welcome to my new followers, and a big thanks for taking an interest in the pieces i make.
                                                 Have a great week everyone.  Tony.



Sunday, 9 October 2011

Ladies Work Table.

 In recent weeks I've been asked if i would ever consider making other items of furniture for example tables chairs and cupboards but to name a few, the short answer is yes i do indeed intend to make other items but at present working with basic tools means that certain things like the legs on a chair take rather a long time to create.
After returning from my short break i decided that i would like to have a go at making a ladies work table, so with an idea in mind i started looking at various tables and shapes until i had the idea firmly stuck in my head what i wanted to do.



After deciding what the table would hold the shape was fixed as a octagonal and could not be changed.A little ambitious but its going to be fun! 
One thing that didn't appeal to me was that a lot of these tables like the one above were draped in different fabrics alas working in miniature with fabric is not something I've tried so i opted to use just timber with  an external decoration in bone.
I have just about managed to construct the top section but sadly have not managed to upload any photographs so will leave this until next weekend when hopefully the top section should be fully completed.
As always i have fully enjoyed constructing the piece especially with it being something new and also that i have never attempted to make before, any errors which i have made will be learnt from and noted so i don't make the same mistake again.
Check back next week for a full update including hopefully some photographs!

Id just like to say a  warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for taking an interest in my work.
Have a great week everyone   Tony.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Holiday finds.

Thought id share a couple of photographs of my finds from last weeks holiday, first off my tiny beach finds.



As an idea of scale the tiny orange coloured crab is just 10mm, these are but a few of the tiny treasures i discovered and already have plans for.
Next is a shot of the cleaned up metal detecting finds i made, the tiny 14th Century  bee hive thimble( 4 ) i was extremely happy about finding as its the first one i have come across and its in pretty good condition.



No 1 is a roman stud fitting,  No 2 15th Century button , No 3 is a spent 50cal ammunition round this has a interesting story behind it which i will write about in a later post. No 4 14th Century bee hive thimble, No 5 old possibly 19th or late18th century naval button, and finally 6 and 7 are both Georgian trade weights. Some interesting little treasure hopefully of which i will be incorporating into miniature works .         
                                                                Have a great week  Tony.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Back to reality

Back from a relaxing holiday and eager to get started on some new projects.While away i managed to do some metal detecting and came across some beautiful finds including a 14th Century Beehive thimble in perfect condition also medieval buttons and a few roman artefact's, i may be incorporating these into some new projects. Inspiration also came from an old church close to where we stayed below is a photograph of a tomb inside the church which was built in 1300.


This place was a little treasure and i was glad i took the time to explore not only inside but also the grounds where i came across various graves of soldiers shot by smugglers.



                             The pace of life in this village was almost as if time had stood still



Ive also taken delivery of some new timber which was originally part of a ship that was dismantled and used in the construction of a building I'm looking forward to making some new pieces with this.




A warm welcome to all of my new followers, again many thanks for taking an interest in what i make,have a great week everyone!                    
                                                                           Tony