Monday, July 28, 2008

Hand Crafted Fossil Ivory Sewing Buttons


Dave was playing around with several small pieces of Alaskan fossil ivory and turned out these buttons on his mini lathe. They came out looking like gem stones! The photos really don't do these little beauties justice. One is 7/8 inch diameter, and two are ¾ inch. These would be perfect for a handmade purse project or some other needlework piece that needs a unique button.

You can find these three buttons currently up for auction on Ebay!

Hand Carved Bone Tatting Shuttle


Dave hand crafted this little 1 7/8 inch flat shuttle out of bone and carved a total of 4 Roses (2 on each side) on it. It is initialed and dated by Dave, the maker. This little shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Maple Lace Bobbin


This is Dave's latest bobbin!

Dave turned this 4 inch Continental style lace bobbin out of Maple, Burl Maple and purple celluloid accent rings. This bobbin is currently up for auction on Ebay.

Tulip Wood Lace Bobbin


Dave turned this 4 ¼ inch Continental style lace bobbin out of Tulip Wood and Ruby Red celluloid. You can find this beautiful bobbin currently up for auction on Ebay.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cocobolo Picot Hook


Dave turned this picot hook using Cocobolo wood, colorful celluloid and a mammoth ivory accent ring. It is 4 inches long and has a #14 steel crochet hook inset.

This picot hook is currently up for auction on Ebay.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vegetable Ivory Acorn Needle Minder



Dave carved this 2 piece acorn needle minder from a Tagua Nut (South American Palm), which is commonly called “vegetable ivory” because it can be carved and scrimshawed like regular ivory. With time and use it will develop a patina like regular ivory and the relief carvings will become even more pronounced. Each piece has a strong rare earth magnet inset into it. The acorn goes on the front of your work and the small finger pull goes on the back side holding the magnets tightly together on your or needlework. You could also use each piece as a frig magnet.

This acorn needle minder is currently up for auction on Ebay.

"Green Earth" Yarn Ball Winder Nostepinde



This nosty turned out so earthy looking Dave decided to call it "Green Earth". He joined a variety of materials to make it; Oregon Myrtlewood, Leopard wood, Re-cycled ivory and colorful green celluloid accent rings.

Dave recycles some of his mammoth ivory dust by mixing it with resin and pegment, and casting his own turning blocks. As you can see , he has also hand carved a leaf whorl design around the ivory ring. This nostepinde measures 10 1/2 inches long and is currently up for auction on Ebay.

Vegetable Ivory Acorn Pattern Pricker



Dave carved this acorn needle pricker/vise from a Tagua Nut (South American Palm) which is commonly called “vegetable ivory” because it can be carved and scrimshawed like regular ivory. With time and use it will develop a patina like regular ivory and the relief carvings will become even more pronounced. The overall length in 2 inches.

This pattern pricker is currently up for auction on Ebay.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Picot Hook with Case



This is Dave's latest little beauty! This handmade picot hook case has been accented with beautiful purple celluloid and recycled ivory. The dainty picot hook has a bone handle with the same accents as the case.

**I forgot to add that this is a commission piece!

New Fossil Ivory Necklace

I've been busy making some new pieces for our upcoming "Pathways to Transformation" show in Yachats, Oregon. I have previously posted some photos of my earthenware clay pendants, so I thought I'd post a photo of one of the fossil ivory pieces I just completed.

This piece features three stunning shards of fossil ivory, carved bone beads and turquoise.

Finally Finished!



All she needs is a final coat of wax!

Thanks to the wonderful encouragement of my blog friends, I finally finished my piece titled "She Swims Towards the Sun". Now, I'm not sure if I want to sell her or not at the upcoming "Pathways to Transformation" show. I have about a week to make up my mind!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Handmade Colorful Celluloid Tatting Shuttle

Clyde!! Look what Dave did!! Ever since you mentioned that you would like to see a post tatting shuttle made out of celluloid, Dave has been "at the drawing board" trying to figure out how to make one that would meet his strict requirements of clicking ends.

Dave has hand crafted this little 1 3/4 inch post shuttle out of colorful golden/green swirl celluloid. The way that the celluloid is cut the pattern of no two can come out the same. He had noted, that on many vintage celluloid shuttles the blades are thin and very flexible and the shuttle ends tend to open up. To help counter this problem with celluloid, he has made this shuttle shorter with thicker blades that remain more rigid.

This gorgous little shuttle has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker. You can find this shuttle currently up for auction on Ebay!

GMA #14 Crochet Picot Hook



Dave turned this picot hook using Ebony and bone. It is 4 inches long and has a #14 steel crochet hook inset. This hook is currently up for auction on Ebay!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

We've Been Featured!


Thank you, Hare and Drum Decoupage!



Our solid moisturizing lotion bar has been featured in a gorgeous treasury curated by Hare and Drum Decoupage!

Handmade Miniature Mammoth Ivory Tatting Shuttle




I don’t know if this is the smallest working shuttle, but it has to be close to it. Dave made this itty bitty tatting shuttle from ancient wooly mammoth ivory from Russia. It is just 1 ¼ inches long. You can tat with it, use it as a key chain fob or as a necklace pendant (chains not included and are for show and tell only). The design on both sides are hand carved and inlaced with brass. Mammoth have been extinct for 10,000 years.

This itty bitty tatting shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay with an opening bid of .99!

Don't forget--you can click on each photo to see the original photo!

Sneak Preview!


It's almost time for our "Pathways to Transformation" show in Yachats and we've got a sneak peek of what you'll see from us at this show. We'll have our usual array of baskets, which I'll try and photo soon, and a new line of organically inspired earthenware pendants. We will also have a large collection of Celtic Ogham earthenware pendants!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Don't Hire Us for Your Building Needs!



What happens when you get two artist types together for a deck staining project? You get a deck that takes over a month to stain! :) I have such an appreciation now for folks that do this for a living and I really wish I could have afforded to pay someone to do this project for us. I'm already trying to devise a way to tarp the entire front deck over the winter so we don't have to do this again! (Dave says he doesn't think this is a viable plan! LOL) I am SO glad we decided against building our house ourselves or we'd still be living in the camper!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Handmade Cobalt Blue Celluloid Tatting Shuttle



Dave hand crafted this flat shuttle out of colorful Cobalt Blue celluloid. The way that the celluloid is cut the pattern of no two can come out the same. This shuttle measures 2 1/2 inch long and has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker. This shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay!

Black Walnut Yarn Nostepinde



Dave turned this nostepinde (yarn ball winder) out of black walnut. He also added a colorful celluloid insert. This nostepinde measures 10 3/4 inches long. This unique nostepinde is currently up for auction on Ebay with a starting bid of $9.95!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Oregon Ponderosa Pine Needle Button Basket



Oregon Ponderosa Pine Needle Button Basket

We hand make our baskets with Oregon Ponderosa Pine needles tightly stitched with waxed artificial flat sinew. The needles for this little basket have been dyed bright red and a vintage brass rose button has been mounted for the lids centerpiece. The basket measures 2 ¾ inches across by 2 inches high and features a fancy Wheat Stitch binding. The Wheat stitch requires 2 -3 times longer in making a basket than the standard plain straight stitch binding.


The buttons are for display purposes only and are not included with the basket.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Tatting Lace Picot Crochet Hook


Dave turned this picot hook using walnut, bone and colorful green and yellow celluloid. It is 4 ¾ inches long and has a #14 steel crochet hook inset.

This picot hook is currently up for auction on Ebay.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Tatting Shuttle Showcase on Flickr!


Tatting Shuttle Showcase on Flickr!

**This is the same group as before, only the name has been changed**

I have been looking around Flickr for a tatting shuttle specific group, and when I couldn't find one, I thought I'd start one! So many of us have photos of tatting shuttles we've made or have collected over the years and it's a shame not to have them all in one large collection.

If you are on Flickr and have photos of your tatting shuttles that you would like to share with the world, please feel free to post them in the group! This invitation is extended to everyone--collectors and creators!



Carved Wood and Antler Lace Bobbin



While sitting on our deck watching the hummingbirds feeding at Jo’s bright red feeder, Dave thought of making this colorful carved bobbin. It is made of beautifully grained Tulip wood, carved deer antler and ruby red celluloid accent rings. The antler insert features two carved hummingbirds, flowers and leaves motif. It is 4 ¼ inches long and drilled for a spangle and initialed and dated by Dave, the maker.

We use shed antlers which naturally fall off the animal each year after the breeding season. They grow back during spring and summer, and are fully developed again by the fall breeding season. After that, they are shed and the process repeated again for the next years growth.

This bobbin is currently up for auction on Ebay.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Handmade Colorful Celluloid Tatting Shuttle




Dave hand crafted this flat tatting shuttle out of colorful celluloid. The way that the celluloid is cut, no two can ever come out the same. This tatting shuttle is 2 1/2 inches long and has been initialed and dated by Dave, the maker.

This tatting shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay with an opening bid of .99 cents!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Being Busy is a Good Thing!


Dave is making up for all of the time he lost while he was sick! He has been churnin' and burnin' in his studio lately working on a long list of commissioned pieces. While this is great for him and our wonderful customers, it leaves our spot on Ebay a little empty. If you are one of our loyal Ebay patrons, please know that Dave will list new items soon!