Jun 19 2013


Someday I'd like to work more with wood, and I certainly love having it in the house, but Cop is an expert relative to me. I do plan on carving some spoons, being so inspired by Ariele of Brooklyn to West showing her good-lookin' spoons. In the meantime, please enjoy the story of Cop's monkeypod desk :) - Jeannie

Obligatory Moses photo. He always wants ‘in’ on the action, even if it involves power tools.

Hello! Cop here, doing a guest post on my latest amateur woodworking project. 

I grew up playing and assembling Legos, K'nex and Gundam models. I also begrudgingly grew up doing a lot of housework that included remodeling and wielding power tools. But when I combine those two, it turns out I'm a pretty decent woodworker (thanks dad...).

Some old projects of mine include a custom bed frame and refinished nightstands for our apartment.

I've been wanting a computer desk for a while now and I'll admit, my first thought wasn't to make my own. I looked around on Etsy to see what's available and was pretty floored at some of the beautiful pieces people were making. The problem was many quotes were overpriced and shipping costs didn't help either. I'm all for paying fellow craftspeople a fair amount, but when you can make your own stuff, it often doesn't take much money or time to make something great.

2 - 1'x4' monkeypod planks from Z&E Slabs here in Berkeley. I've never heard of monkeypod before but it's in the acacia family. Check out the nice grain and termite damage that gives it character! (It creeps out Jeannie)

4 - 28" custom 3-rod hairpin legs w/ clear coat from FuriousEndeavors on Etsy. These legs give it that mid-century look. Hairpin legs are available at a bunch of places online nowadays, often at a premium. I went with the stronger, 3-rod version and Lou was nice enough to apply a clear coat to prevent rust.

1 - Custom NYC wood crate drawer from Urban Wood Goods on Etsy. I was iffy on whether or not I needed a drawer, but I couldn't pass up this up. It adds to the reclaimed look I wanted.

1 - 24oz jar of Swilley's All Natural Wood Rub also from Urban Wood Goods. Natural oils and wax, that's all you need. Traditional wood finishes usually require gloves, a mask and good ventilation when applied. If a finish is that harsh and toxic during application, how does it magically become safe afterwards? All I needed for this finish was an old t-shirt to apply. Plus, it smells like oranges!

Aside from some screws, wood glue, and washers, that's really all that's needed.

Total Cost: $375
Time: I clamped the planks overnight for the glue to set, but in total it was only about 6 hours of actual working time.

Nice, right?

Jun 18, 2013

Pattern: My own. I drew inspiration from two sources: a Japanese knitting book, and the Speckled Hatfrom Hetterson’s collaboration with Frolic.

Materials: Madelinetosh hand dyed yarn, bulky weight. I really love this stuff; the colors are gorgeous! But, the yarn itself has an unusually unpleasant smell, a residual from the dye bath perhaps? It's the one (and only) thing that I dislike about this yarn.
The white yarn is from Sue Reuser's sheep less than 200 miles from here. It's also lovely to work with, traveling through my fingers very softly off the needles.

This hat was a speedy knit since the yarn is fairly bulky. It turned out smaller than I would like;  I intend on giving this one away, and making myself another big enough to comfortably cover my ears and not ride up during windy bike rides. The green Madelinetosh yarn above is what I intend to use for the second attempt at this hat. 

Doesn't my blue hat look like a true result of what would happen if the red speckled hat and green tree mitten made a baby? 

Jun 13, 2013

My first test roll from the Rolleicord VA. Lovely camera to shoot with, lots of fun. I'm so impatient and many of the photos on the precious roll of 12 were much too underexposed for my taste. I still like the result of a few!
Ektar 100. San Diego Botanical Garden and Berkeley Rose Garden.