Category Archives: woodworking

Big Yard Snake Finale

The last step in finishing the snake is to paint him. I decided on a good bright green for the main color, with a yellow underside, but before getting to the color, I wanted to prime him first, and I … Continue reading

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Big Yard Snake part 3

Not too long after I wrote the last piece in this series, I was working my way  through the steps described and hit upon a simple way to speed the process up a bit. I cut and drilled all of … Continue reading

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Big Yard Snake part 2

The next step in the construction of my snake is to round out the tapers I rather wildly cut on my bandsaw. Manipulating an 8-foot log while trying to take slices off the ends that weren’t clearly marked to begin … Continue reading

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The Big Yard Snake

If you notice the dates on my previous posts, you can see that this blog business does not come naturally to me. After finishing the last one on the snowflake bellows (more on that in a future post), I just … Continue reading

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Carving Snowflakes

I’d been looking for a simple theme for a group of chip carvings that I planned for use on bellows and possibly other items. Though I have always liked the rosette pattern on my current chip carved bellows, I wanted … Continue reading

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Pondering the Concept Of Handmade, Part 2

In my last post I explored the question of just what people meant when they used the term “Handmade.” I tentatively reached the conclusion that there is a somewhat fuzzy line to be drawn from the perspective of the sophistication … Continue reading

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Pondering the Concept of Handmade, Part 1

What does handmade mean? At first sight it seems simple enough, Someone made it with their hands. Their hands and what else? The material, of course. Clay, for example, can be molded with just your hands, but in addition to … Continue reading

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And still it moves

Hello again, my topic today is wood movement. I can practically see the puzzled looks through the screen. “What the heck are you talking about? The wooden things in my house don’t move unless I move them.” From a woodworker’s … Continue reading

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Blog #1

Welcome to my brand new blog. I’m Roy Gibson, the owner and principle labor force for Laughing Coyote Woodworks, the site where I sell my work. Though this blog is part and parcel of our business and its purpose is … Continue reading

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