Category Archives: Wood
Making a basket is probably the oldest weaving method that goes back thousands of years. Young branches and strong grasses were used to make small handy baskets for hunting, fishing, carrying, and storing items. Weaving baskets was a quick way to produce the tool when needed and with materials available nearby. Over the centuries, making process and materials became more sophisticated and designs more intricate.
Several methods of decorating wood exploit its natural grain pattern. Limed wood imitates the old custom of painting wooden furniture with diluted limewash left over from painting the walls in farmhouses. Now, instead of using limewash, liming wax (a mixture of beewax and whiting) is worked into the wood and the surface is polished, leaving the residue of white wax in the grain.
Andy Goldsworthy, an internationally renowned land artist, was born in Cheshire in 1956. There are regular exhibitions of his work in Britain, France and the United States. Although he travels all over the world to carry out commissions, the landscape around his home in Dumfries, south-west Scotland, remains at the heart of his work.
Willy Verginer is Italian sculptor who works in wood and create sculptures that seem so familiar and yet so unearthly. His figurative sculptures are carved from solid pieces of lindenwood and often painted with acrylic or accompanied by additional materials.
This quick and simple project uses brown willow to make a frame basket. The basket is woven around the cardboard former which holds the basket in shape while you concentrate on the weaving. once you’ve mastered the basic weave you can enjoy watching the piece takes shape. This basket makes a great basket or looks good as a sculptural piece hung on a wall.
Doing up old, second-hand furniture is a must to achieve the vintage look in your home, whatever era you are going for. One of the best ways to completely transform an old piece is by painting and distressing it. You can find special workshops that can do it for you, or you can try to do it by yourself. It really is an easy and straightforward technique, and has amazing results. What was a dull old chair become a bright and wonderful piece of furniture that gives your interior completely new dimension.
Making your own furniture could be a long process. Though it can take a great deal of time to design and produce your own pieces, the challenge is quite enjoyable. It is possible to design the exact piece that you are interested in and then make it to the exact specifications. That means you can make the exact piece of furniture that you ever wanted. In short, if you dream it, it can be made.
Upcycling is a huge part of making the vintage home, and it may be a great project for you to find a new ways of using old things. You can use old crates (wine crates, fruit or vegetable crate…) or drawers to make new shelves for your kitchen, study or childrens’ room, bedside cabinets, coffee tables or newspaper and magazine rack.
During the 1930s, homes were being built at a rate of knots all over the United Kingdom. People were moving in droves out in suburbia and into lovely new semis and detached properties, where the kitchen, as now, was the heart of the home. People wanted to create their own warm and friendly 1930s-inspired country kitchen and dining space, and part of that period look was achieved with willow weaving, a popular craft in this decade.
Whilst training in carpentry Ernst Gamperl turned to the lathe rather by chance, and embarked on his lifelong love affair with wood. Starting out an autodidact with no previous knowledge of the art, Gamperl was unhampered by convention in his approach to turnery. From the outset he devoted his energies to the same artistic issues he was to toil at ever after.