A bench hook is a device that one can use on one’s table/bench/desk, that holds a piece of work steady while one works on it. One end of it has a piece underneath that hooks on to the bench and
Very interesting morning. I’ve been thinking about doing things with pebbles for a while. Two things actually. One, drilling holes in them in order to string them together, either as sort of hanging cairns or interspersed with drift wood, as
Still waiting for those books on Chinese brush painting to arrive. I’m feeling frustrated that they’re taking so long to come. In the meantime this came from the improbably named Robin Wood. It’s a hook knife, very sharp, designed to
On this day 34 years ago, my Dad died suddenly. I had forgotten that this was his anniversary until Jane, my step-mum, reminded me. Coincidentally, while doing a bit of a tidy in our converted attic this morning, I came
Went in to town today, hoping to take advantage of the sales to buy a pair of shoes or even two. It’s been a while since I bought shoes and the one black pair I have are coming apart. Not
I haven’t worked on this for a while. Here’s where it was on 21 November, the last time I took a knife to it … And after today’s onslaught … Taking shape, as they say. Going to invest in a
Yesterday I woke early. Just after 3am. I know! Anyway, I was puzzling about that bamboo fish. Thinking that even if I did another one with string all the way around the outside, I still wouldn’t be able to hang
Yesterday was busy: preparing, cooking, eating, drinking, playing games, walking, crashing out. Not much time for creativity. Stretching the point, though, I suppose I tried a few new things in the kitchen. The red cabbage recipe was a new one
Started a new wood project today. The day the young lad Edward received his scholarship certificate in UCD.
A shiny new vice, allowing me to use two hands to carve.
Just a few random items to keep the blog up to date. Bag emptying … We gave the Day of the Dead outfits and make-up another run out at the weekend at a party … Experimenting with
I’m not holding this out to be anything other than a thing I did. I wasn’t really sure how I should approach it, what different levels of depth I should be aiming for, how I’d complete the detail and so
No. Not more blood this time. Actually struggling with a bad back. I’ve had spasms in the lumbar region for over a week. Yesterday, however, things progressed to quite severe cramps from just above my arse to my knee. Walking
I’ve mentioned this a few times. I’m not sure why, but I love this sculpture in Rosa Luxemburg Platz in Berlin. It’s called Räuberrad, and was erected in 1990. Here’s the Wikipedia entry for it: Räuberrad. Anyway, I’ve made a version of