Archive for February, 2013


Monday, February 11th, 2013

We recently had a very enjoyable course on stained glass at Willowbank, with instructor John Wilcox of Vitreous Glassworks.

John was an excellent instructor, who has worked on some really amazing projects.

I find glass to be a challenging material to work with, especially cutting some of the textured or opalescent glass, but am happy with the results of my first project.  I hope to put this small window in the gable end of my workshop next summer.




Stone – Part 1

Monday, February 4th, 2013

We recently had our introductory stone carving class at Willowbank with instructor John Laundry.

The block pictured below is sandstone with a battered margin.  The rest of the surface was ‘sparrow pecked’.  Everything was done my hand with punches and chisels.


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I think I see some more tool making in my near future.  I really enjoyed working with stone, and think I may have to forge myself a complete set of stone carving chisels.  Looking forward to our next (longer) carving session at the end of the school term.  This is certainly a craft I’d like to explore further.