Tag Archives: woodturning

Smoky the cat at Phillmore's

Woodworking stores & projects

Woodworking stores provided a creative break for me during a recent road trip to visit relatives. Walking through woodworking stores always gives me ideas for projects and usually includes purchasing a special piece of wood or a tool I need. Rockler – The surprise was finding a Rockler store in Sharonville, OH — one of the […]

Cherry WrenSong flute with zebra wood bird.

WrenSong flutes en route to Wales

I typically don’t do special orders – unless the situation is unique and intrigues me. Ray from Wales presented one of those intriguing situations. He emailed to say he had found my blog and really wanted to have a WrenSong flute – or two. He had decided that he wanted to learn to play the […]

Rockler - planks of wood

Rockler’s first store in Florida solves my equipment problem

An unexpected problem with a piece of equipment led me to discover that Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has a new store in Altamonte Springs. Rockler’s first store in Florida. I called ahead and had them holding the piece of equipment I needed. And since I was going, I checked my inventory to see what supplies and wood […]

Mary Colter inspires my wearable wood art

Working on my latest wood pendants and brooches, I found myself inspired by the art and architecture of Mary Colter. I’ve come to admire and appreciate Mary Colter’s work from my visits to the Grand Canyon. She listened to the Native American culture with her eyes and then used that inspiration in her work – […]

tiny wooden vessel with turquoise beads

Turning, burning and creating at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Turning then burning miniature wooden vessels — not to mention turning over lots of ideas — made for a great week of study at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. My workshop was Woodturning and Pyrography, and my classmates and I spent the week turning miniature hollow wood vessels. First, we made our own small turning […]

wood on display at AAW

Finding Wood for Musical Instruments (& more)

“Where do you get your wood?” That’s a question that I’m often asked, as someone examines a flute I’ve made or emails about a kantele on my blog. The answer is – almost everywhere. A regular source of wood is a combination of stores that sell wood, like Woodcraft or Home Depot. The long planks […]

Table for presentation

How I Make Native American style flutes: Presentation for Bell woodturners

Starting off the New Year, I presented in January to the Bell woodturners group on how I make my Native American style flutes. The flute I make is in the woodland style; it takes several days to make.  So rather than show just the turning part of  flute making, I went through all of the steps […]