Category: Make

Crossing Into Gratitude

As part of the preparation for the Camino, I wanted to make something to carry along. The idea I had was to make a Celtic Cross. I am of Celtic descent. The name Cutherell has deep roots in Welsh lore and my father was enamoured with kings and queens and being a Celt. It has ...

Happy Mistakes

I have been working on this project for close to six weeks now.  For that time, I have limited my activities as much as possible to this work, helping family and caring for my health.  So I get up, do some yoga or jogging, and get after it.  I average about 4-6 hours a day ...

Uncertainty at Every Corner

I never realized that uncertainty was a companion until I read this quote from my current read, Art & Fear: "Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all pervasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding." It seems like at every twist and turn of this table ...

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

I ran across the saying, which is the title of this post, in a old classic called Art & Fear.  Ansel Adams was quoted and the topic was how perfectionism gets in the way of our being creative.  This desk is that piece for me.  Another title to this might be "How to Get the ...

Coffee Anyone??

Well, I finished the coffee table and here are some progress shots to give you all a little insight to the process.  Let's just say that I understand completely and thoroughly why custom furniture is always quoted at 12 weeks.  It just takes that long, no matter how simple it might look.  I have thoroughly ...

Me in a Mailbox

Well the last post I was talking about what a mailbox would look like if it was me, and here it is, the project of the week.  Well the take away from this project is that there is no "right" design.  There is only the way we each see the thing we are working on.  ...

Mundane as a Mailbox

So did you notice any mailboxes on the way into work this morning?  Have you ever considered in detail the design of a mailbox?  I bet your answers here are no, and NO!  Well my mailbox litterally just fell over about a couple weeks ago and with the prompting (more like goading) of my neighbors ...

I AM Good Enough

I never thought when I started out to reinvent myself into a craftsman that I would run into so much self doubt. I have always been a “get after and do it” kind of guy and just figured that once I set my mind to it, I would just have to watch a few hundred ...

Fit, Fit, Fit, Fit, Fit

Well today was all about getting the right fit.  And it was probably the hardest day yet.  We actually only made one piece but it was the most critical piece.  The rest was fine tuning all the joints so it went together at the end.  The thing I really like about this is that at ...

Mortise and Tenons

So when I started this class I didn't know the difference between a mortise and a tenon, seriously.  I knew they went together but I didn't really know which was which.  So now I know the mortise is the hole and the tenon is the part that protrudes through the hole.  I know this because ...