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A Scratch Awl from Scratch

Here is the answer to the Chrismas Puzzle!

Here are all the fixings to make another one!

It may be a bit, Cutting down aluminum bronze takes a bit of work.

O1 Steel, the tip has been tempered and left quite hard. The rest has not been hardened. The aluminum […]

A Christmas Puzzle

Here is a tool I made as a gift. Not the hardest puzzle to solve, but a puzzle.

No fair guessing, Skip, you saw the sketches!

My goal here was to make a tool that would appeal to both my love of the simple rustic line and to those who desire bling. It is […]

Planting Trees

I have over the years killed an amazing number of trees. This is entirely excluding the trees send by a few companies that make their living by sending people dead trees. The ration of dead to living has started to change quite a bit in the last few years. No magic to the difference, simply […]

Gnomons Multiplying

Kari Hultman, has just made a Gnomon over on the Village Carpenter.

Stephen Shepherd has been using them in pictures to show scale for a very long time too. You will have to do some clicking to get there as Stephen’s site does not direct link to entries, but it is probably worth your while.

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Soil Considerations for Bonsai or Killin' Bonsais

Bonsai are small trees grown in a pot rather than in the ground. You may have seen bonsai trees on display or for sale at sometime in the past. The purpose of preparing – or purchasing ready-made – special “bonsai mix” soils is to promote the survival of the small tree being potted. Note that […]