Mar 15 2016

Electricity for Dinner

A tiny dinner is disrupted when thousands of volts dart across the table.

Dec 14 2015

Magic Wand

I received a rush commission from an old friend for a magic wand.  While I haven’t done that sort of thing in a long time, I agreed to see what I could do. I made two wands, and the friend chose the one they wanted me to complete. Both were made from Brazilian hardwoods, and stained dark walnut before being sealed with beeswax.  It’s a little funny that the boxes are far harder to make than the wands. The chosen wand was finished with a rather large gemstone in the handle. The box was stained gunstock orange then washed with black and sealed with beeswax.

Dec 12 2015

The Weave Wand

I created the Weave Wand by the inspiration of a coworker who couldn’t quite reach an itchy spot on her scalp.

Oct 25 2015

Illuminated Hotel Sign

As part of the preparations for the 7th Annual Pumpkin Ball, I created an illuminated sign for the fictional “Kilgore Hotel.” I made the transparent sign by painting in reverse onto an acrylic sheet, then framing it in a shadowbox made from 1″x6″ lumber. Light was provided by two small florescent lights contained within.

Jul 22 2015

Paper Lantern Pendants

I made these lantern pendants as an exercise in miniaturization. While I wanted to make them in a more traditional method, I decided that for durability they would be better fashioned out of wood.

Mar 31 2015

Wooden Juice Plunger

A coworker who enjoyed juicing things commissioned me to recreate a plunger for a juicer he bought secondhand. I eagerly accepted the challenge. Using the detailed drawing as to what he thought the dimensions should have been, I turned a relatively precise plunger from what was oak firewood the day before.

Dec 23 2014

Cherry Screwdriver

A little present I made for a friend who gave me a bundle of  hardwood scraps to turn on my lathe from his carpentry job. Cherry handle and magnetic bit holder. Slightly eccentric.


Oct 29 2014

Día de los Muertos Candelabra

The theme of the 6th Annual Pumpkin Ball was Día de los Muertos. I made this candelabra entirely out of recycled lumber and various acrylic paints. The legs are removable for storage.

Jun 25 2014

Alarm Transmitter Rebuild

Rebuild of an automobile alarm transmitter for a customer. Ultimately not completed after customer chose an aftermarket replacement housing.

Jun 13 2014

Haunted House Putt-Putt

I was commissioned for this project by the Huntsville Ghost Walk, to be used in a special event planned by the city. Course measurements were sent out and I got to work building the initial structure. When the platform was delivered, it was completely different from the discussed specifications. I had to literally tear it apart and start over. Construction of the second structure was internally wood and foam board, held together with nails, pins, and water resistant glue. Paneling was created by cutting the ends off of several hundred Popsicle sticks and tongue depressors.  The roof was tiled in prefabricated wooden doll-house shingles. Roof was painted with indoor/outdoor gloss black acrylic paint. Paneling weathered using a wash of black paint and water. Windows made from plate acrylic. Lightning insulators made from Green glass seed beads and copper wire. Door knobs made from white pony beads. Prefabricated vegetation. Rusted jeep made by heating and deforming a plastic toy before painting it with textured brown spray paint.  Curtains made from fabric/lace. Carpet made from patterned cotton cloth. Solar chandeliers adapted from path lights. After all was said and done, it was demolished by the fine people of Huntsville, becoming a sand mandala in my list of creations.