Category: Craft

Flying propeller

I’ve often wanted to play with propellers as a way to generate electricity, but recently also began to wonder about using them for lift. Over the course of…

USB Powered Magic Trackpad

I’ve done a number of replace-batteries with a charger projects (biggest savings was for a child-swing). Having recently purchased an Apple Magic Trackpad I┬ádisliked that it required batteries….

New hand-drill handles

A friend gave me an old broken hand-drill. All the metal mechanical parts still worked, but the plastic handles were loose and cracked. I took a redwood branch…

Linear fingerlings

Observing the high tide debris line I noticed that a significant number of the sticks were about the same size. On average they were all about the length…

Musical augmentation of play structure

After prototyping a number of crude stringed instruments I had refined how to attach the strings and tune them. I noticed that when I placed the instruments on…

Cairn building

Cairn building is a meditation in stone, balance, patience and creativity. Anywhere you find rocks you can work to build tall standing structures. I like making cairns because…

Heavy work table

I own a portable table saw, but often work alone. I needed a table at the same height as the table saw to allow me rip longer boards…

Wax figures

I grew up sculpting with my hands. Perhaps because my mom was a professional potter, or because I had lots of bees wax to work with at a…

Transforming a chain-link gate

All the gates and fences for our backyard are made of chain link. While this provides excellent structure and security it leaves much to be desired from an…

Wooden topographic

After noticing that a straight bit on my router could carve delicious layers into a block of wood I sketched out a rough topographic “map” on a piece…

4×4 lap joint jig

Making lap joints takes time and effort. When the joints are at 90 degree angles the cuts are relatively simple. When the cuts are at other angles it’s…

Play sculpture

Shoe chest

Shoe racks provide a space to organize footwear but don’t do much to hide the shoes. Additionally we had very limited space behind our door (less than a…

Reclaimed wood table

I needed a table for garden work. I planned to use it for harvesting and making cuttings. Because it would be in the elements I didn’t want to…

Bone/gourd rattle

I made the ceremonial rattle for a friend as a gift.

Kitchen table/cabinet

Pressure actuator

A friend of mine holds an annual party where the theme is “pants”. For one of the years I added a custom light rig to a pair of…