Monthly Archives: August 2016


Craft Insurance – Simon O’Rourke – Chainsaw Carving


What caused you to go into your area of craft? I finished my degree in Illustration and couldn’t find work. I ended up working for a tree surgeon, loved that and became competent with the chainsaw. Then one day I saw somebody carving and I thought, I think I can do that!   How long […]

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10 Imaginative Pieces of Recycled Jewellery


Here are ten creative and unique jewelry designs made using recycled or scavenged materials.   Hex Nut Jewelry. http://www.jewelrysight.com/diy-hex-nut-jewelry/   Necklace made from old watch parts. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/213921051022452686/   Necklace made using glass salvaged from the ocean. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/347903139946283319/   Tape measure bangle. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/542331980097699751/   Bracelet made from recycled keyboard circuitry. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/432838214157257748/   Brooches made from recycled […]

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10 Creative Metalworking Projects using Recycled Materials


A hand saw reimagined as a spruce tree. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/575616396104117709/ A barbeque pit created using scrap metal parts http://welding.jimaderhold.com/2011/01/was-one-of-my-first-welding-projects.html A sculpture of a small bird made using cutlery https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/541909767644945039/ Rusty tiki torches made using scrap metal https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/406942516312099193/ Sculpture of a scorpion made using nuts, bolts and wrenches https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/432134526723899680/ Horse sculpture made using reshaped horseshoes http://williamwilsonsculptor.blogspot.co.uk/ Steampunk […]

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Craft Insurance – Diana – Story Skeins


I feel I should start by introducing myself. My name is Diana and I run a handspinning business called Story Skeins. I am a yarnmaker. Just being able to write that sentence represents the completion of a dream. Spinning, and fibrecraft in general, is my main creative outlet, my meditation, and a prime example of […]

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Alternative materials to use for Woodturning


Woodturning is a form of woodworking often used to create intricate objects using a lathe as the main tool. Despite the name “woodturning”, there are other alternative materials that can be used with a lathe. Firstly, tropical nuts are commonly used in woodworking. Large nuts like Butternut can be turned on the lathe with ease. […]

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