I made this large octagonal hand mirror as a birthday present for my wife. I keep promising to make a wooden bracket for wall mounting.
It kind of grew around the beveled mirror. It kind of looks like something a guitar maker would make. I love purpleheart although it is very hard wood and … difficult to carve. I carved it mostly with a heavy duty scraper I had made for archtop guitar carving. It's a wonderful wood in that when cut it turns brown but almost immediately returns to purple as it oxidizes. The maple and ebony were just lying around excess from a guitar I had previously made.
The mirror was my first use of Tried and True polymerized linseed oil varnish. I wanted to use a finish that is safe to touch every day. This finish thrives on being touched, getting deeper looking as it is handled.
The leaf shaped handle just came about naturally without a pattern.
Front Porch Rebuild
by M. Wheeler Nov 19th 2012
I hired Paul Norman of SherpaDog Renovations to rebuild a large enclosed front porch which had been destroyed by carpenter ants! I was pleased by the variety of cost effective redesign options Paul offered. In the end I chose to add some ornament to my Victorian home. He replaced the exterior plain shingles with scalloped ones, designed a diamond pattern (instead of the common basket weave) for the exterior skirt of the porch, added wainscoting under the interior windows, built a beautiful wooden ceiling and installed casement windows. I was thrilled with the results. Paul's attention to detail and fine carpentry skills resulted in a porch much admired by my neighbors and friends. I recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable, conscientious and creative carpenter. I would definitely hire him again.
Wooden Cover for residential holding tank
by Richard F. Sep 17th 2012
Very good. No problems, builder took time to ask questions and provide suggested design elements.