Peekachello Art


Front of car key fob

Recently, the remote fob for my truck cracked. The plastic case lasted about 14 years, and gave out pretty catastrophically. So I took it apart and looked at how the case was constructed and figured I could make one out of wood that would probably outlast the truck, which is getting some rust spots from its time in Minnesota.

Rubber switches for car key fob

I carved holes for the remote buttons, removing the “alarm now” button that has always annoyed me, and started to rough-shape the front of the outside.

Partially carved car key fob front

The back got a hole where the battery goes, and I turned a cover, thinking maybe I would run a brad through it or something so I could lock in place.

Side view of car key fob

After gluing the front to the back, I thought about how long batteries have lasted me, and since that’s been four years or more, I figured I’d just tack the battery cover in place with some glue, and if the battery dies before the truck does, I can probably pop it out. And if not, oh well, I’ll have another project for the list.

Back of car key fob

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Juniper pen and pencil set in juniper box

Every month, the Santa Fe Reporter has a drawing with a prize or prizes given to Friends of the Santa Fe Reporter (those who donate to help keep the paper running). I donate regularly, and often enter the drawings, but haven’t been a winner so far. But I decided it would be nice to give something, so I emailed Julie Ann Grimm and asked if she’d be interested in a pen and pencil set for a future giveaway at the Reporter. She thought that would be a great idea, and we tentatively settled on next January for when they’ll be given away.

Juniper box to hold pen and pencil set

The pen and pencil were made with a piece of juniper near the boundary between the reddish heartwood and the creamy sapwood. I think it makes for a fairly striking looking pen. I oriented the boundary on the two similarly, so they really look like a set.

The box is also made from juniper that shows both heartwood and sapwood, but the top of the box is made from some of the Indian “cherry” pallet wood I got, which seems to work well with the juniper.

Juniper pen and pencil set in juniper box

The bits of wood which hold the pen and pencil within the box are removable, so the box can be reused if the recipient wishes.

The pen and pencil are finished with a homemade friction finish of shellac and tung oil. The box is finished with tung oil, shellac, and varnish oil.

I’m planning to do another pen as well, with a matching box, but that will be a separate post.

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mouse on cholla, facing left

I spent part of August slowly carving a mouse. I wasn’t especially happy with it, but it was too good to throw away, so I gave the mouse a leather tail and stood him on a piece of cholla cane I mounted to a chunk of wood that I had quickly carved round-ish.

With all the pieces in place, I like the results a lot better, similar to how sometimes a photo doesn’t look “right” until it’s been framed.

mouse on cholla, facing right

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Turned bowl #47, showing detail of the rim

A friend of mine in Virginia sent me some wood recently, which included a blank of “definitely not mulberry,” which he had picked up somewhere. It had pretty grain, but he hasn’t been turning a lot of bowls lately, so he passed it along to me.

Turned bowl, showing side and interior

It took me a few days to find the right shape for the bowl within the blank. I started by getting it close, but with ½ inch thick walls, and then staring at it while I figured out what shape it needed to be.

Turned bowl, showing interior, heartwood/sapwood transition, and spalting.

Once I decided that I wanted a defined rim on the bowl, I finished thinning the walls (to a little under ⅜ inch, or 9mm), mostly hollowing them from the inside, though cutting the rim from the outside. I had a tiny bit of chip-out right near the transition from heartwood to sapwood, but decide to leave it, rather than removing the rim I’d made, which is a good feature of the bowl.

Bottom of turned bowl, showing signature and date

Finish is a couple coats of tung oil, some shellac, and Ack’s Finishing Paste. The bowl is about 7 inches in diameter, and 4½ inches tall.

I’m pretty happy with this one, and my sweetie thinks it’s a “keeper,” which means we need to find a place to display it. I guess there are worse problems to have.

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Turned oak donut, with fake frosting and clay "sprinkles"

I had a few white oak offcuts (or off-turnings) from another project I'm working on. Was wondering what I could do with them when a friend of mine told a story about her sister (who was a little bit crazy) sending her a piece of cake from Japan to the US. Apparently it was intact when it arrived at her house, but a month in the mail had allowed time for some mold and such to grow.

Turned oak donut, no frosting

Anyway, I decided I could send her a wooden donut. It's gluten free, no carb, high-fiber, vegan, and best of all won't spoil in the mail!

White oak with fake frosting and clay sprinkles.

Homer Simpson, drooling

Mmmmm… donut!

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cholla and epoxy bowl 3, backlit

cholla and epoxy bowl 3, top view

cholla and epoxy bowl 3, side view 1

cholla and epoxy bowl 3, side view 2

cholla and epoxy bowl 3, bottom view

My third bowl made from cholla and epoxy. I laid the cholla canes in flat, rather than standing on end, and poured multiple colors of epoxy, tilting the blank a different direction with each pour. The bowl is just over 9 inches in diameter, and just under 2 inches high (so it probably is more of a plate than a bowl).

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Cholla and epoxy bowl 2

Cholla and epoxy bowl 2

Cholla and epoxy bowl 2

Cholla and epoxy bowl 2 top view

Cholla and epoxy bowl 2 bottom view

My second bowl made from cholla wood and epoxy, with blue, green, yellow and red tints in the epoxy. The blue is darker than I intended, almost a black, but I think overall it works.

Sold as part of a fundraising auction to support MetaFilter.

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Too Much Circles Flask front view

Too Much Circles Flask rear view

This is a flask I made that holds about a pint. It’s white oak, with cherry inserts on the faces. One of the cherry inserts has olive, oak and ash inserts, the other is turned. The stopper is ash.

It was made for a swap on Lumberjocks.

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Top-down view of cholla and epoxy bowl

Side view of cholla and epoxy bowl

This is a bowl I made from cholla and red-tinted epoxy. It’s about 8 inches in diameter and about 5 inches high. The cholla was collected in our yard near Eldorado at Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Side view of cholla and epoxy bowl

Side view of cholla and epoxy bowl

Side view of cholla and epoxy bowl

Bottom view of cholla and epoxy bowl

#woodworking #bowl #cholla #epoxy

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