I Love Sticks

The foreign objects that the first tool users likely bashed each others brains out with were undoubtedly sticks and stones – and regardless of which was the first to break bones, sticks remain a viable option even today. Making walking sticks and shillelaghs is not only a financially responsible, environmentally friendly, and low risk crafting hobby, but it’s also damn EASY. Continue reading

O’Bollocks the Cudgellelagh

A friend of mine recently showed up at my house with all the trimmings from the large tree in his yard. “I figured you could make something outta this,” he said. My reputation precedes me. One of the trimmings he brought me had a large knot on one end, so I decided to make myself a cudgel out of it. Continue reading

Musical Instrument Lamps

When I look at things, now, I tend to simplify them – I break them down into their components and try to analyze the processes necessary to join those components into whatever final product I’m look at. I found a “lamp kit” at Lowe’s a year or so ago and started making wine bottle and liquor bottle lamps for my friends – I realized that lamps are actually very simple to make. Continue reading