31 Oct 2008

Briar Wood Star

Three summers ago, we went to Jijel for holiday , and I had the chance to find some briar root pieces on the beach. At first sight they looked just like anything you can find on the beach. But the weight and hardness of it shows their nobleness.
Briar wood is a very hard wood to cut, but stands filing and carving very well.
It is generally used for smoking pipe making.
I'm very happy with the result and someone in the house is very happy that those horrible things found 3 years ago are no longer on the top shelf of our bookcase.

• Material : Briar Wood, Bruyère, شطبة
• Scrolling time : 10 mn.
• Carving time : 20 mn (using needle files).
• Finish : Sandpaper then Oil.
• Application/usage : Absolutely no idea.

Any idea?

22 Oct 2008

Pomegranate II

Same pattern as some project below.
I know... It needs framing...

Miter Box

I had enough of everybody looking at my works and first say : “Doesn’t it need framing?”. lol
This is my first miter box. I know it is ugly, but it makes nice 45° (and 90°) cuts.

19 Oct 2008


Scrolling time : 01:20.
Material : Plywood.

I love Pomegranates.
In Algeria we call them Rom-mane.

Mother used to tell me with a smile, not to drop one grain of the fruit, if I wanted to go to Paradise.

The grains are called Arils, where flesh covers the seed.
The best Pomegranates are the ones with tender seeds.
Tender enough to be eaten.

18 Oct 2008

Allahou Akbar

Material : Plywood .
Script type : Thuluth.
Scrolling time : 1 h.

"Allahou Akbar", means God (Allah) is Greater.
Note that many translations use "Greatest" instead...
"Akbar" means greater.
I like the usage of the Comparative against the Superlative...
Thinking of anything you'd consider great?... Then God is Greater.
"Allahou Akbar" is first call to Prayer.

Download the Pattern below...

Please visit my Calligraphy Blog http://arabiccalligraphy4u.blogspot.com/...

17 Oct 2008

Segmented Rearing Horse Pattern

This is a simulation made using Photoshop®.

And this is the pattern!

Jumping Horse

Hi, friends!
Segmentation again...
Beechwood on Plywood.

Fretwork Scroll Sawn Shelf for My Better Half

Used Plywood for the fretwork corners, and an old TV set HDF panel for the top.
Glue and nails for mounting.
The Fretwork Pattern is available at : http://www.fretworks.com.au/catalogues.htm

15 Oct 2008

A Labrador

I made this.
All though I don't like dogs very much.
Well they don't like me in fact, or the way I dress...
This is a Labrador Retriever.
Labs are exceptionally affable, gentle, intelligent, energetic and good natured, and are generally considered good companions for people of all ages (including a high level of patience and tolerance for children making them both excellent companions and working dogs.
Although somewhat boisterous if untrained, Labrador Retrievers respond well to praise and positive attention, and are considerably "food and fun" oriented. These dogs are loyal and good with little children. They may be used in shows. With training, the Labrador is one of the most dependable, obedient and multi-talented breeds in the world.

12 Oct 2008

Cork Rearing Horse

That was easier than it may seem.
I used Natural Cork Bark, found on the beach.

9 Oct 2008

Big Fish

Hand Saw and File work.

For Val

Another Swallow.
Same pattern as before.
J'espère qu'il plaira.

8 Oct 2008

Two Flowers

Beechwood on Plywood.
Heavy Varnishing.
Scroll saw and Grinder.

2 Oct 2008

Olive Leaf and Fruit Bottle Pattern

Here's the pattern for a simple scrolling project.
I used an old Table Tennis Bat.
You can see the Final Work here.