Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Wooden pram in Elm

I just loved making this wooden pram.

When Helen brought me a picture of the type of pram she wanted for her little daughters 2nd birthday, like this but more handmade, in lovely wood, just natural...

The way you make things... I just had to say yes.

This is from Myriad

I'd got a few weeks, so I was asking around timberyards for something a little different. An old yard with loads of reclaimed wood came into mind. I went to see them and remembered that they once had a quantity of thin Elm planks that were from the end of an old barn.

I found them, tucked away under loads of other timbers, not as many as I thought.. 
So I had what was left.

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The grain in this Elm was wonderful..

It had all been protected under a few coats of Sikkens, and this just peeled away, like peeling gloss paint from an old window that wasn't keyed up properly. So I let it dry for a while..

I invited Helen in to see the timber and we set to working on patterns. That way we could come up with a design that would work with the doll she was making.

Made not just suit her little one's needs now, but also as time goes by, it could have the wheels and handle removed to just leave a cradle. So most of the joints are fixed, but parts can be removed for repairs if needed.

Not many photos of the pram during build but here are some of the finished pram.

List of timber used;

  • Elm - recycled
  • Oak - from off cuts
  • Cherry - from offcuts
  • Sweet Chestnut - from a friend, who is a local Woodsman. - offcuts 

Here it is finished

And here is the finished pram.. I just love the recycled Elm body of the pram..
.. fabulous colours..

Even the waney edge has been left on in places, then just rounded off to soften the edges

Helen's daughters initials CRC carved into the back of the Elm

The 'rolling pin' Sweet chestnut handle, suits little hands and good for adults to carry too.. 

The ends of the Sweet Chestnut coming through the side of the Oak handle supports.
Wedged to hold the handle in place and firm. 

The wheels are in Cherry, with Sweet Chestnut hub caps

Helen came in to pick it up, and bought Lucy the doll to see how it all fits together..

A labour of love on both sides, it worked really well.

Helen emailed me.

Thanks for looking

All the best


Monday, 16 March 2015

Take an old Pair of jeans...

This blog post has been in 'drafts' since March last year, I was going to do a photo type instruction, but just don't have the time anymore, so just a basic instruction,  but feel that now would be a good time, as more and more people are recycling things. I hope you like it, if you do you can follow my blog and get updates when I publish new posts.



March 2nd 2014

A new apron

In the workshop I'm finding that my apron of twenty years is getting more grubby, and when I'm oiling a timber bread board or serving board it's really suffering..

So what to do..

I don't keep rubbish, (I'm sure Lynn would disagree.. well I try not to)..  but I haven't thrown a pair of jeans away for a while, and then when I was trying to work out what fabric to use for a new apron.. I thought, That's it.. jeans..I've got three pairs that were going to be used for something else...but... (I'll tell you in another post)

They fit me still, with some thinning on the knees..and the length of the leg, is just right for the length of my body, for an apron.

Ahh..therefore, a ten year old's jeans would suit the height of a ten year old..

Simple..If you are a larger person, you need a larger apron... you have larger jeans..

You have to use your old jeans. That way you get to re-use your old clothes. If there's a hole in them, then we'll cover it with a patch or a pocket. or your favourite band patch or football club

Right, now for my pet hates..Boyfriend jeans..I hate them, honestly girls, they were just wrong. And if anyone said you looked good in them..they were lying, I'm sorry to have to tell you that ladies.  (Yes, I lied too)..

And if you still have them and you're not going to wear them again... cut them up..

I spent all of that Sunday working out how best to get a pair of jeans to work out as easy as possible.

One pair of jeans into one apron... an apron you can wash with the work-wear or other jeans..easy

                                                           So this is my first apron..

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So with minimal sewing you can achieve a pretty good apron. 

A quick 'how to' for you... 

  1. The centre panel and left panel are still original seams (left leg, front & back)
  2. The right hand panel is the back of my right leg
  3. The bottom seams are the bottom of the jeans
  4. Patch pocket at the top is still in the original position (bum pocket)
  5. With the waist pocket made from the front of my right leg (avoiding a hole)
  6. The top seam is that seam just under the waistband...have a look, it does make sense.
  7. Finally, the neck loop and waist ties are from the leftover thick seams.
go on have a go.

All the best