Friday, September 28, 2007

Knitting Needles Galore

Dave has been busy. For someone who doesn't knit, he sure makes beautiful needles. These he made of Red Mahogany, Canary, Wenge, Cocobolo wood. The shafts are Birch and he spends a long time sanding them with 5 different sandpapers for an ultra smooth finish before sealing them. They feel so good on the finger tips, it sure beats aluminum.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

What I have been up to.....

What do you do with a little of Heather Baileys and JoAnns fabric? Make a small tote!

Make many small totes!


Here is a fountain pen made of one of the more exotic woods. It's irridescent when you turn the pen slightly. It's really beautiful! Everything David makes is beautiful!

These knitting needles are wonderful. David makes the shafts usually out of Birch and uses a more unusual wood for the finials. They feel so great and soft in the hands. I much prefer the handmade knitting needles than the alumunum ones. You can't make them in small sizes however. The small diameter shafts don't hold up well to the rigours of knitting.

This bud vase is only about 6 inches tall and made of Cocobolo. It's one of the more exotic woods and shines up nice and purty.

Dave has a pen still on the mandrel that he just finished. He takes such care to cut and glue the wood in order to make such a great checkerboard pattern. He has much more patience than I do.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

This is a Bocote exotic wood slimline pen with a medical cadusa. This is one of many pen variations Dave comes up with. He is always inventing new variations with pen-types and wood. He keeps quite busy:)

Knitting Stitch Markers

Craftina is our new label. Dave and I are excited to give birth to this new endeavor. It's has been a project we can work on together but separately. He has his own studio and I have mine (mine is air-conditioned:) He makes the knitting needles, nostepinnes, pens (his passion), key chains and bud vases. I make the stitch markers and am apparently VP of marketing and packaging. We will see.......