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Posts Tagged ‘art’ Abstract Art by Peter Dranitsin Hi my name is Peter Dranitsin I am a modern abstract artist. My career as a professional artist started after I have finished my active duty in the Marine Corps at the end of 2005 year. and I have painted and sold my artworks ever since up until today. My background as an artist has began since my early childhood watching my mother create her paintings at home. I was taught to appreciate art and highly admired my mother’s work. I wanted to push off the traditional way of painting using brush, pallet knife and canvas and took a slightly different approach using all kinds of different tools, techniques and material in creating my abstract paintings. When creating my paintings I always try to stick to basic principles and try to keep it simple. In my abstract art presentation videos you will be able to watch me in progress crating paintings from nothing. Each and every one of my paintings are one hundred percent unique and original. The biggest trick to make the paintings elegant is to remember very important idea that “Less is More”. The less you try to think about every single details, the more you will appreciate your artwork because it will have a key ingredient which is free flowing and natural rhythm. All of my paintings are created with high quality acrylic paint on stretched canvas. I do use other acrylic mediums to achieve different effects, but for the most part I stick to the minimum. To be completely honest

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The Hei Toki Lashing is how the Māori (indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand), tie off small highly polished rectangular blades. Initially used as woodworking tools, Māori hei toki blades, and the lashings that accompany them, have become highly prized pieces of art, sought after the world wide. Video production by JD of Tying It All Together. Special Info Link:

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Woodpeckers Drill Press Table

Introducing Woodpeckers Drill Press Table. This state of the art design will help woodworkers drill holes in their work pieces with greater speed, accuracy and repeatability than ever before.
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japanese woodworking garden gate/ timber framing

This is my most recent art project that showcases a Japanese/ Greene and Greene style as well as a few of my own ideas. I live and work in Victoria BC Canada. If you like my work, my website is Thanks.
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Art Tool Caddy Part 1 Part one of a two part series on creating a whimsical wooden Art Tool Caddy. Recycle tin cans you have laying around and transform scrap pieces of wood into a fun and functional art tool caddy. In part one you’ll actually see the cutting and assembling of the caddy. Part two is where i (violette) paint and embellish the caddy. Enjoy! Love, Violette Music by Bryan Faber The Better Brother
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Your Questions About Woodworking Tools

Lizzie asks…

Where can I get some good quality woodworking tools at really good deals to try to start a small business.?

I worked funiture shop in the custom department. i since had to quit that job but I waould like to keep going with it. I don’t have a lot of money to work with so I need to find really good deals on good tools.

Dusty answers:

With a lot of carpenters not working, a lot of tools have been taken to pawn shops. In my area they are selling for 40 to 50 cents on the dollar. There are so many that some pawn shops are not taking in any now, they are overstocked. If you know tools try there and don’t forget bargain, bargain and bargain again.

Michael asks…

Is there a place where I can go to use woodworking tools?

So like, a gym but for carpenters?

I’m interested in making my own guitar but idon’t have the tools/nor can I afford them.

Any help would be appreciated. I live in Torotono, Ontario, if its important. I’m not looking for specific locations but what a place like this would be called, how much it costs, etc etc. If you do know a specific place though thats also awesome!



Dusty answers:

I never heard of a “community woodshop”, though schools, colleges and universities usually have a woodshop which can be used by students in the art departments. But they will only give you access if you are enrolled to take classes – which cost money. Though if you are already at a school/university check out if your institution has anything like that. Maybe they let you use the tools – often they look for shop monitors to do work study which in turn gets you experience and access, but you have to invest a good chunk of time.

Susan asks…

What tools are essential for woodworking?

I have drills, a miter saw, and circular saw; that’s it for my power tools. Aside from those tools, I have hammers, screw drivers, pliers, etc.

I have noticed that I am becoming very interested in woodworking and have done a few projects, but I want to continue to advance and perhaps someday be a furniture builder in my free time.

Which tools or power tools are absolutely essential to do your average woodworking project? Also, how can I learn more about these things? Is it just me, or is this the best past time ever?

Dusty answers:

It’s not just you, it is a great hobby ;-)

Essential tools are few, though it depends on what you’re wanting to do. Carving requires different tools than making bird houses. The style of furniture you like will also dictate to a degree what tools are needed. Stickley furniture can be made with (hand tools) a couple of good saws, a few planes, a drill with a few bits and a mortise chisel. Chippendale will require many more tools, including the above and several different size and style chisels, planes, steam bending apparatus and bending forms among a few others I’ve forgotten.
Power tools would be a similar situation with the more complicated pieces using more tools and bits or accessories for those tools.

You have the beginnings of a good tool set. The most important tool is safety glasses or goggles with power tools, then the table saw. It is one of the most versatile tools one can own for making straight cuts from ripping to crosscuts on to making some moldings like coves, chamfers, even making circular pieces. Beyond that I would add tools as needed depending on your choice of hand or power tool. There a usually several ways to accomplish a particular task so decide which is the safest most enjoyable for you and get the appropriate tools for the job.

I have a table saw, miter saw, drill press, jig saw, scroll saw, and a few drills and sanders but I prefer hand tools. I have about 200 planes (different profiles, sizes, etc…) chisels including gouges, straight, skewed, and V. Both rip and crosscut hand saws, miter saws, coping saws, bow and frame saws. Axes, hatchets, straight and curved adze’s. Brace and bits including screw driver bits, spoon, auger, gimlet, spoke pointer, and tenon cutters. Among many others that do not come to mind right away ;-)

Betty asks…

Where can I find a source for wood veneers, stamped tin ceilings, artistic columns, and woodworking tools?

I had a catalog a few years ago very thick and detailed that had all of this, but do not remember the name of the supplier.

Dusty answers:


I use them often!

Request a catalog to be shipped to you.

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Your Questions About Wood Crafting Tools

John asks…

Hand crafting an amazing art set and a present?

I wanted to do something that involves time for my girlfriends birthday. The plan was for it to be something creative, special, and something she can use and take with her as we both leave for college soon. She is going to college for Interior design and loves her arts as well. My plan was to create a wooden case (hand crafted, fine wood as well) and place art brushes, different paints, and other art like items into it. I’m unsure of what art items to give an interior designer or just someone who is really into art. She likes to do clay models and is really good with pottery, but I don’t have one of the spinning tables for her.. haha. (Terrible with technological term on art). Anyways, can anyone suggest maybe how I can go about building this case and what to place in it? I am thinking bamboo small and fine pointed brushes that I will order, and then make the rest of the case by hand.
So all in all: What / where should I find brushes? How should the case be designed? What tools and fun things should I place in the case and design the case for?
If anyone can help me possibly add links or pictures of similar things that would be AMAZING.
Thank you all,

Dusty answers:

Lol. The word you’re looking for is a ‘potter’s wheel’ and it’s good that you aren’t planning on getting one because the good ones can get expensive.

Also, you might be over-achieving a little with a handmade box AND having it filled with art supplies. It’s a wonderful thought and your girlfriend is very lucky but consider that in my college, we were just told to get a fish tackle box and use that for our art supplies because the different sized compartments are really handy. Me, I just used a Ziploc bag for the entire class.

Choosing what goes into a box like that is tough because there are so many products with so much difference in quality. The best I can do is give you the tools list I had when I first went into college art classes. These are all professional grade and my preferred brands:

1- Large drawing pad (I prefer spiral bound to the left rather than the top)

2- Drawing pencils

3- Erasers (soft white and kneaded) or and

4- Colored Pencils (12 or 24 pack– can’t get much better than Prismacolor)

5- Clear plastic ruler or raised, cork-bottomed metal ruler (the cork keeps it off the page so ink or paint doesn’t bleed under it)

6- Exacto knife

7- Inking pens (set of 3 or 6)

8- One bottle of waterproof India ink (a little goes a long way)

9- Bamboo brush

10- Stick/compressed and Vine charcoal

My first major art class didn’t do much painting– we primarily worked in black and white. Furthermore, I’m not much of a painter and oil brushes are different from watercolor brushes are different from acrylic brushes so I don’t feel comfortable recommending brands for it. I will say that in my painting class, my teacher had us get just 3 sizes, (S,M,L) of brush and that was all I needed for the entire class.

For your girlfriend’s interior design career, what might be helpful for her is a magnetic room design board (so she can move beds, chairs, appliances and so on with total ease) and/or a subscription to some kind of designer’s magazine so she can keep up with all the current trends. And if she’s already using computer programs for art and doesn’t already have a tablet, she’s going to love the Wacom product line for her, I would recommend the smallest Intuos or the Bamboo fun.

I hope that’s helpful. You won’t be able to get all of it; you could easily blow a couple of hundred dollars on art materials but some of those items are essential (I personally can’t live without my drawing pad, drawing pencils, Prismacolors, Microns, and erasers but that’s the kind of art I do).

Best of luck with your girl– she really is quite lucky!

Jenny asks…

Info/resources on a possibly antique yarn crafts tool? Probably crochet.?

A while ago I received an unusual hook-type crafting tool. I’ve been crocheting since I was 8, and knitting for many years as well, but I’ve never seen anything like this. The tool is made of wood, about 18″ long, and has a hook on each end. It’s roughly 1/2″ in diameter. There was an unfinished piece on this tool when I first got it. The piece, done in a heavy gauge yarn, appeared to be worked directly onto the tool vs. with the tool, as in regular crocheting. I love antique style crafting, such as hairpin lace. I wouldn’t be surprised if this double-hooked tool is also from the domestic arts skills of days gone by. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I’d love to put this tool to good use. Thanks in advance.
Thanks to both people who answered. Investigation based upon your assistance revealed that this double-ended hook is also used in Tunisian style crochet, much like Afghan.

Dusty answers:

You have a double ended crochet. It is a little like using an afghan hook. It is also called crohooking.
There are tons of patterns for your hook out there. As a matter of fact, I made a baby blanket from an “I” double ended crochet hook and it was fun to make.
Here are some sites.
Hope this helps.

Nancy asks…

What kind of power tool should I get for general arts and crafts projects?

I want a simple power tool that I can use to cut through light-weight wood, acrylic, foam board, cardboard, chipboard, etc. I would also like to be able to sand or smooth the edges of the same types of materials. Arts and craft projects would be the primary use, but I would like something suitable for simple home improvement type projects as well. I don’t know much about power tools so I’m not sure that a single tool to do all these things even exists!

Dusty answers:

Sounds like you might just want a “rotary tool.” Dremel is the most famous brand, but others make them too (Sears is another good brand—beware of the really cheap ones made in China, etc, though).

They come as corded versions and as battery-powered (little less speed and/or strength), and they have loads of different bits that can be used in them, from drill bits to cutting wheels and sanding tips, etc. Many will come with a reasonable “set” but you may have to buy other bits individually.

You don’t say how “thick” the wood is though and that could make a difference. For some of those things, especially if thick or you’re cutting large patterns you might instead want a “jig saw” –a regular one or a smaller one (think Dremel makes one, or a company like Micro-Mark has a lot of different “mini” tools like saws and drills, etc, for hobbyists: )

Not sure about the acrylic though.

Check out Home Depot, hardware stores, and online for a variety of rotary tools, accessories, and kits.


Mark asks…

Hot glue or wood glue?


I’m planning to go to Joann crafts store tomorrow to buy wooden letters and other supplies for my friends. What I wanted to make is the letters glued together to make it into a word. For example, let’s say there are 5 letters in ‘hello’ and I’d need to buy each letter which all are in wood. So, I’d need to use the tool to glue these five letters together, then spray them in different color, to give a better appearance. The question is — which is better: hot glue or wood glue for this kind of crafts? I’m a newbie at crafting things, so I’m not really sure. :D

Dusty answers:

Hello there,

I am not that familiar with the crafts, but I have done a lot of woodworking. In my limited experience with hot glue guns, I did not get as permanent a joint as with wood glue and a clamp. Some hot glues tend to be rubbery and thus, the joint can give.

Good luck,

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This is a form of folk art woodcarving says Stuart King, it has been practiced all over Europe from Romania to Russia, from Poland to Scandanavia and was often executed with nothing more than a pocket knife to while away the time. This video was shot at the annual gathering of the Association of Pole Lathe Turners by The event is known affectionately as the ‘Bodgers Ball’.
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