How to make the sanding work more interesting

Sanding have never been fascinating job. It likes you are keeping a white elephant. Can’t pass but unlike. So, instead of complaint every time, why you don’t make this job becomes more exciting, more surprise and attractive. I have some tips, do you want to know?

  • Give passion into your work

work passion

Any work has its own difficulty. It doesn’t mean you will feel desperate and then give up. Let give more fire into your job. Remember why you doing this job. Do you really want to get a very nice, smooth surface, a perfect coat to your furniture and DIY projects? Imagine how this job will give you the satisfied result after tired working.

  • Music is good friend

music give motivation

Music is always the great way to make you feel cheer up. Thus, why not play your favorite playlist to start the tedious sanding work in the totally different status. Well, the “Burn” song maybe not a bad choice. Let’s try.

  • Equip supportive tools

equip right tool

Such as belt sander, disc sander or any sanding machine you need to complete the job quicker. The sanding job comes boring because it wastes too much time to work by hand. In this case, you will need to prepare and research carefully. Because buying the wrong tool not only make you more disappointed but also ruin your work. If you want to find the best belt sander to beat the big wood or metal projects, the Belt Sander HQ provides many high-quality reviews that investigate about the belt sander model and brand for consumers.

  • Choose the right accessories also.

Picking the accessories go together with sanding machine also important for increase productivity also. The sandpaper determine 50% of your success. The suitable grit base on your own demand. Therefore, make the right decision for this also.

  • Increase your productivity by sharing the sanding job with your partner:

Sometimes I feel sick and tired completely when working something in the long times without relax and creative. In this case, I will share this with my partner and the result are amazing. You don’t need to do everything ad sharing is one of the most efficient way to reduce stress.

  • Learn more techniques and tips from experts and other woodworkers

If plan A don’t work, try plan B. If plan B don’t work, the alphabet still have 24 other word. Learning and updating everyday will help you improve yourself, finish the job faster and more efficient. Good luck!


High-class performers

From his 16-floor office in the Calgary headquarters of ATCO Ltd., Ronald Southern oversees a commercial empire that stretches far beyond the snow-tipped Rockies that line the horizon. The firm manufactures transportable buildings used in the construction industry and for temporary offices and schools in Canada and the United States, as well as in the Middle East. ATCO is also engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, and is a major gas and electrical power producer in Western Canada. But the company’s progress stalled in the early 1980s, when a combination of forces undermined ATCO’s profitability. Southern battled to restore the company’s fortunes–a campaign that scored major successes by 1990. At the same time, Southern, 60, redefined his role as chairman by handling over some of his responsibilities to ATCO’s senior vice-president and chief financial officer, Cameron Richardson. In his rebuilding process, Southern repatriated two key Alberta natural gas companies and an electrical utility from American ownership. And he resisted selling control of the firm to potential Canadian and U.S. buyers, preferring to keep a major Canadian corporation in his native province.


Another Southern project has enhanced Canada’s status in different endeavor–equestrian show jumping. During the past 15 years, Southern and his wife, Margaret, have turned 320 acres of land on Calgary’s southern outskirts, Spruce Meadows, into one of the world’s most elegant show-jumping facilities. As a result, equestrian competitions there have become popular spectator events for Albertans from all walks of life–and, this year, drew worldwide attention. Sain Southern: “The West was founded on the back of a horse. It is difficult to find many people here whose lives somehow were not touched by the horse.”


In the business world, he has built on the base that his father, Donald, who died in March at age 80, launched in 1947 with $4,000 to build trailers and, later, transportable homes and buildings. Now, ATCO (for Alberta Trailer Co.) is a diversified enterprise with more than $3 billion in assets and about 5,500 employees. But ATCO suffered a serious blow early in the 1980s, when soaring interest rates and Ottawa’s National Energy Program, which kept Canadian oil prices below world levels, slowed Alberta’s energy industry. “This company was on the ropes,” recalled Southern.


Fighting back, he developed a rigorous recovery plan. After ATCO in 1984 reported the first loss in company history–$3 million–Southern introduced economies, sold some assets and imposed demanding performance goals. For three years, ATCO’s 38 regional managers flew to Calgary once a month for planning and reporting meetings. The process, said Southern, “unleashed a whole new level of capability, innovation and determination.” In the end, that paid off in the emergence of a more efficient–and profitable–firm.


Meanwhile, Southern’s other love, Spruce Meadows, has grown spectacularly. In September, the cluster of paddocks, grandstands and jumping rings attracted about 50 of the international circuit’s leading show jumpers to a five-day Masters competition that Southern describes as “quite possibly the most talented group of riders and horses ever assembled on this continent for competition.” He made his observation with the quiet satisfaction of a man well pleased with the battles he has fought and the victories that he has won–for his province and his country as well.

Well, just my irregular post in the bad day. Never mind

Electrical burns – a charge you’ll want to avoid

electric burn careful

“Tony, I don’t want you changing that outlet without your father here to supervise.”


“Aw, Mom, I’ve done this before, and I know how to replace a simple outlet,” answered Tony.


“Are you sure you turned off the right circuit breaker?” asked his mother.


“Sure. But it wouldn’t matter. Nobody gets hurt on just 120-volt house current.”

electric burn careful

Wrong, Tony! Improper use of electrical equipment on a house wiring circuit can transmit a fatal current or cause a serious burn. The severity of electrical injuries is determined by these factors: voltage, current, resistance, and the duration of contact with the current. The voltage Tony referred to is not the most important factor. It is the current that causes the greatest damage. The relationship of voltage and current is similar to the pressure and flow in a garden hose. Voltage would be the pressure of the water; current would be the number of gallons being pumped per minute.


As little as 1 or 2 milliamps of current can be felt by a person. Someone grabbing more than 10 or 15 milliamps will not be able to let go. Cardiac arrhythmia can result from contact with 50 to 500 milliamps; breathing may be stopped by 100 milliamps to 1 amp. More than 500 milliamps may cause serious burns.


A typical electric frying pan can have as much as 10 amps flowing through it during use, so house current can do a lot of damage. It may even be fatal if the current crosses the heart.


The Path of Least Resistance


Most of the harm from electricity occurs in the nerves and blood vessels because they conduct the current better than muscle and bone. An electrical burn that appears small on the surface could have caused extensive damage to blood vessels and internal bleeding.


When electricity enters the body, it travels along the path of least resistance: the nerves and blood vessels. This current travels rapidly and generates heat that causes the destruction of surrounding tissues. The electricity exits wherever the body is in contact with a ground, such as a metal object or water. Sometimes a victim has more than one exit location and suffers burns around all of them. A victim may have serious damage from an explosion at the exit site.


A victim of an electrical injury can have a variety of symptoms. These include burns at the entry and exit sites, paralysis due to nerve damage, and muscle tenderness and twitching. Because electrical shock causes trauma, victims will also show signs of traumatic shock including pale skin, weakness, and loss of consciousness. The most severe electrical shocks can cause respiratory and cardiac arrest, requiring immediate CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).


In addition, electrical contact can cause first-, second-, and third-degree burns Direct contact between the skin and the metal of the wires of an electrical cord, such as when a child bites into a cord, can cause internal bleeding that may not begin until a day or two after the initial injury.


First Aid Facts


To give first aid for electrical burns, your first concern should be safety. Downed power lines are very dangerous. Don’t touch one under any circumstance. If a power line is down, wait for the fire department or power company before touching or going near the victim. Since the human body can conduct electricity, if you touch the victim, you become a victim. If people are trapped in a car by a downed power line, tell them not to move and to stay in the car until the power is turned off.


Once the victim is in a safe place, your next concern is for his or her breathing and heart function, especially if the victim is unconscious. Because electrical current can interfere with normal heart function, checking vital signs is more important than dealing with an obvious burn. If the victim is not breathing, begin rescue breathing. Then do a pulse check and determine if more CPR is needed.


You also will neeed to check for further injuries. Perhaps the victim fell and has injured his neck or spine. Or she may have hit her head. These injuries require first aid before you turn your attention to the electrical burn. Do a survey of the entire body. Electrical current may have entered the body at one point, and an exit wound may need to be discovered.


With most burns that are not electrical in nature, first aid is to cool the burn by applying cool water and then covering the burn with a sterile dressing. With electrical burns, first aid means simply covering the burn with a sterile, dry dressing. Bandage loosely. Do not remove clothing that may have become stuck to the burn. Don’t break blisters that form, and don’t apply any ointment or cream. Treat for traumatic shock by maintaining body temperature and elevating the feet if you are certain there is no neck or back injury.


If the victim has been struck by lightning, begin by extinguishing any flames. Send for help. Then check the victim’s vital signs — breathing and pulse. Give CPR if needed. If the victim is conscious, reassure him or her; check for entrance and exit burns and treat for traumatic shock. Because victims of lightning strikes are often thrown to the ground, be cautious about moving the victim. There may be neck and back injuries.


Respecting electricity is something that comes naturally to those who work with it on a daily basis. Amateurs are the individuals most likely to become injured because, like Tony, they think house current isn’t deadly. They may be dead wrong!

Quick comparing handheld and stationary belt sander

bench top sander

Belt sander seem the very dangerous tool which easily demolish your stock just in moment. But it still the very useful and necessary tool if you’re in momentous woodworking. However, in the wide range of belt sander, there are diverse choice to select for your different scheme. The belt sander comes with 2 type: portable and stationary model. All these two types have both good and bad sides to consider. However, you can turn the disadvantage into the advantage if choosing the right tool. A comparison, in this case, is essential for comprehensive review about what you need.

handheld belt sander

–   Handheld belt sander:

+ Mobility, unlimited area in use. Almost portable model now are designed with super long corded wire or even cordless.

+ Powerful. Or I said it’s too strong. The unbelievable speed and strength

+ Comes with small size from 1 to 5-inch. The most common size woodworkers usually choose is 3-inch or 4-inch while the small 1 and 2-inch becomes the great choice for metalworkers. Picking the right size also requires the skill and experience. I used to read an amazing 4 x 24 Belt Sander reviews before buying my porter cable 362v and it totally durable and done the sanding job as quick as its power.

+ Ideal for rough, hard stock of materials, metal, wood or non-metal.

+ Sometimes turn bad if you do not control it with necessary skill. It can work like a monster eat anything which ruin your work as fast as possible.

–   Bench top belt sander:

bench top sander

+ Fixed, limited when sanding if you have to work in special space

+ Design with the bigger size 6 to 10+ inch for the huge project. It can work well in both line surface sanding and contour shape.

+ Ideal for almost materials, the table tilt and miter gauge allows you to work with any angles requirement. Therefore, you don’t need to worry for sanding contour, edges or curved anymore.

+ You can use the stationary belt sander for diverse functions

+ It has the innovative type which has double advantages by combining the belt and disc sander together. By using this belt disc sander model, you also save half of your budget without buying anything else.


Both handheld and stationary belt sanders can provide you the great sanding process in the fast and furious method. The great tool compact with your skill and experience can increase the productivity and efficiency, produce the better result. So, don’t be affair to your own woodworking tool kit immediately.

Gardening Book


FOR ME, there are three main reasons for purchasing a gardening book for my own use or as a present. The first is enjoyment, as in the kind you get when admiring great art, or listening to a favorite piece of music. The second is inspiration; discovering something that will give you ideas or inspire you to greater efforts in your garden. The third is information; learning new techniques that will make you a more knowledgeable gardener. If a particular book possesses all three, or even two of the three, so much the better. Of the gardening books I have perused in the past couple of months, a few really stand out in these categories. For pure enjoyment I found it very hard to go past Renoir’s Garden.


It deals mainly with Renoir’s last years in his beautiful garden of Les Collettes, near Cagnes-sur-Mer on the Cote d’Azur, and has insights into the life of Renoir by his great-grandson Jacques. The book illustrates the garden today magnificently. It also contains examples of his work, which show how this small farmhouse in a meadow inspired the artist to create some of the finest paintings of his career. For inspiration, I found the Gardeners’ Guide to Growing Hostas by Diana Grenfell a terrific help in dreaming up new ways to treat a dank and shady corner of the garden. Although there have been a few books on hostas recently, this one seems to provide more inspiration for the mainstream gardener, mainly due to some fabulous photography, combined with Grenfell’s wide knowledge. Last, but by no means least, comes information, and for this I turned to Gwen Elliot’s Australian Garden. This book artfully combines the whole spectrum of Australian plants in one neat package. Starting with the planning for an Australian garden, the book details, in easy to follow chapters, a guide for the selection of suitable plants for various situations. For instance, if you are looking for a list of Australian plants that would be suitable for a wind break, just turn to Chapter 13 and follow the charts. There are also chapters on wet areas, acid and alkaline soils, salinity control, pests, diseases and nutritional disorders. To top it all off, the photography is beautiful. I regard this book as a must for any gardener with an interest in Australian plants. * Renoir’s Garden by Derek Fell, published by Harper Collins, rrp $35. The Gardener’s Guide to Growing Hostas by Diana Grenfell, published by Florelegium, rrp $34.95. Gwen Elliot’s Australian Garden, published by Hyland House, rrp $39.95.

Cutlery box & chopping board

Cutlery box

OLD style cutlery boxes have become a popular kitchen accessory. Not only do they look great, they also help keep things tidy and are especially handy for outdoor dining. But they’re not always cheap so if you want to save a few bucks, why not make one yourself. All you need is some pine panelling, wood glue, panel pins and a few tools. MATERIALS NEEDED Pine Panelling; 1m of 140mm X 13mm; 2.5m of 90mm x 13mm; 30 x 25mm panel pins; PVA glue. HOW IT’S DONE Step 1: The side panels Start by trimming the tongue and groove off a 1.5m length of the 90mm pine. A jigsaw will do the job nicely. Now, because the sides of the box are splayed, you’ll need to plane the edges to an 80A[degrees]angle.

Cutlery box

So, mark up the timber with a bevel, whack it in the vice and use a hand plane for best results. With the same piece of timber and with the bevel still at 80A[degrees], mark and cut two lengths at 255mm. Then mark and cut another two lengths at 335mm (see diagram). The angles at either end of each piece should be a mirror image, not going the same way. Step 2: Assembling the sides Remember, the shorter lengths go in between the longer ones. To make the job easier, nail the panel pins part way through the top and bottom of all but one side. Then clamp that side onto your workbench, put some glue on one of the ends and nail the adjacent side into position, making sure the edges are flush. Next, swing the lot around and attach the opposite side. Finally, unclamp the timber to fix the last panel and do a quick check to make sure everything’s square. Step 3: Making the base Cut two pieces of 90mm pine to 340mm long. Then cut a piece of the 140mm pine to the same length and glue them together with the wider panel in the middle. Centre the sides on top, draw around the lot and cut your base to the right size. You should leave a 2-3mm clearance all round. Step 4: Assembling the box Glue and nail the base to the bottom of the side panels. Don’t forget to punch the nails. Step 5: Fixing the divider For the divider, cut the tongue and groove off a length of the 140mm pine. Measure the inside of the box across the width. With the bevel at 80A[degrees], mark up the timber and cut it to size. For the handle, measure guide marks 120mm in from each end and use a tin to draw in the curves of a hand grip. The hole can be marked by hand. Use a jigsaw to cut the shapes. Next, glue and nail the divider into position. A quick sand and a couple of coats of varnish finish the job. Now, while we’re in the kitchen, I’ve got a chopping board project that’s a snack to make. All you need is a 19mm piece of 600mm x 290mm radiata pine and some stainless steel screws. HOW IT’S DONE Step 1: This board is designed to fit over your sink, so you’ll have to adjust the size to suit your basin. Just be sure to allow an additional 40mm to the total length to act as an overhang. So, once you’ve cut the timber to size, plane the edges. Step 2: From the left-over pine, cut two 30mm-wide supports and screw them to the underside of the board. These will stop it sliding on the sink. For a snug fit, the outer edges of the supports should line up with the sides of the basin. Step 3: Jigsaw a hole in the board so scraps can be pushed straight through to a bowl in the sink for easy disposal. Put the hole close to one corner so you’ll still have plenty of room for chopping.

What are you should look for to find the best belt sander?


Hello, I don’t know if you remember the last post where we share about how to find the or not. However, today I continue with the topic how to find the best belt sander , one of my favorite home tool.

For those who don’t know what is belt sander. It is a power tool that’s designed for shaping and remove the hard surface. Unlike disc sander, the belt sander has lightweight perform to use in hand and hard- reach area but still has the super strong motor to done the sanding job quicker.

So, the question you may consider is what are the important elements  you have to understand to find the best belt sander?


Speed and Belt Size:

The key points in choosing a belt sander are its speed and belt size. The belt sander comes with different speed and size for various projects. Most of the manufacturers provides the size from 3-4 inch. These are 2 common size that can easy to solve almost your problem in sanding stuff. Some specific size such as 1 inch, 6-inch or 10-inch are used for other purposes like sharping/ making blades, curving and sanding big materials.

The second element that affects a lot in your work efficiency is sander speed. Most belt sanders deliver high speed from 500- 3000 ft/min which means you can clear the unnecessary part very fast even through tough stock. However, the bad side is sometimes it can easily ruin your stock or gouging down as fast as it sanding. That why the speed you dial have to suitable for your material. Some models provide various speed control to direct the proper speed in each different kind of surfaces.

Belt tracking and tension:  

Even though the speed and size are very important. You can find a numerous of products that have the same speed and size but different price and quality. So the belt tracking is what  you should look for more to get a suitable one. Some cheap belt sander doesn’t have the enough tension to use in sanding. The belt slips out while you working and make you stock damaged and you will feel very annoyed because you have to fix in line all the time.

Customer reviews:

This is the major factor, but most of buyer don’t care a lot. The customers who actually use the product can give you a reality look of what advantages and disadvantages  feature in the belt sander. Which kind of belt sander is suitable for your job and which not. You can read the users reviews in Amazon, Ebay or specific forum before decide to buy a belt sander.


Belt sander is really a great supportive tool especially for who care about woodworking. For me, I usually use belt sander to sanding at first, when the stock still very rough and has no shape. Sometimes, I turn the speed lower to finish the surface. But it still has many of usage you can discover. Hope this post will help you in picking the right belt sander. For any question, please contact me follow About menu.




Staining Spool Furniture: the Right Turn



Successful staining means uniform overall color. This is easier said than done, especially on old furniture that has been stripped, leaving he wood dried out and, perhaps, a little lifeless.

Successful staining means uniform overall color. This is easier said than done, especially on old furniture that has been stripped, leaving he wood dried out and, perhaps, a little lifeless.

Stains that are readily available for home refinishing can be likened to very thin paint. They contain just enough pigment and body to bring evenness of color to a surface. But unlike paints, they tend ot intensify wood’s configurations, not hide them.

Provided the wood is uniform and has been prepared well, any flat surface should take stain evenly. Along the edges, however, where the wood is most porous, stain in absorbed too readily and turns the wood noticeably darker.

The problem can be overcome by using a thin sealer that will hinder the penetration of the stain. This is a simple enough job, where only edges are involved, but how does one cope with surfaces that are mostly porous, and where the surface is undulating and awkward?

This situation occurs most often on spool furniture, where bulbous turnings abound. Perhaps the best known of this type of furniture are beds whose head and foot boards are topped with elaborately carved decoration. (A word of caution before investing in a spool bed: make sure it is structurally sound. They were not built to support a box spring and mattress, so seek the advice of a cabinetmaker to find out whether adapting the bed makes sense. Often, just the head and foot board can be used, fitted to a conventional modern frame.) In the 19th century, when spool furniture was being mass produced, softer woods were often chosen for ease of turning. Finished work was painted or stained a dark color, so unevenness would not be a problem, then given a clear finish.

staining spool

Better work was done in maple, which was either left in its natural color or given a rather unnatural color or given a rather unnatural organge look that seemed then to be the popular idea of maple.

Unless spool furniture is made of good hardwood and you have the time and the patience – plus the knack for this sort of task – then the job of removing the often deeply absorbed color and finish should be given to a stripping shop. Professional-strength solvents leave wood perfectly clean and even-looking.

Give some thought of sealing the wood with a clear finish to give it a more natural look and to preserve the surface. Sealing is essential for easy cleaning and dusting, too.

Never use sandpaper to smooth the turnings, or you could end up with a surface uneven in botht exture and color. Instead, use grand 0 steel wool. Protecting your hands in gloves, take a pad in the palm of your hand and go around each turning a couple of times, using hard but comfortable pressure.

When the wood is smooth, seal it, using either shellac or varnish thinned according to the directions. Unless you are an expert with a brush, choose one with bristles no wider than an inch.

Load it lightly with sheliac or varnish, then take the brush around the turnings a couple of strokes, completing one turning at a time Keep the brush on the move, and catch any runs as you go. Refrain from using a wide-bristle brush heavily charged with finish, as well as going across the turnings. This will cause splashes and an uneven flow of liquid difficult to keep in check.

If after the initial coat the wood still looks too raw, go around the spools with fine 000 steel wool, and dust off thoroughly. Then apply another coat of finish, but this time at full strength.

When Paint Looks Like Fiber And Wood Takes Flight (2)

painting wood


Dr. Stember, who has degrees in fine arts from Columbia, said that her dissertation, “The Modular System,” in which she traced that system to early Christian art and Greek architecture, was the springboard for her geometric-patterned paintings. She starts with unprimed canvas that she tie-dyes. Then the unstretched canvas is painted on a table, or sometimes on the floor in layers. “I work with very diluted paint, almost like washes, building up the background to get depth,” she said. “To get a hard edge for the foreground shape, I use black electrical tape, cut with pinking shears, which is removed after the inside sections are painted. The inside shape remains at a higher level.” Her paintings look three-dimensional and have a collage effect, like real patchwork quilts that today frequently hang on walls. “My paintings are a whimsical response to that,” she said, “in contrast to which I’m making paintings that look and feel like quilts. Ninety-nine percent is painted to look like a collage.

“But very little is actually pasted on,” she said. “The only reason some patterns are pasted is to create an illusion to fool and intrigue the eye. In each painting, not more than a few squares or designs are deliberately painted on and three-dimensional. The rest is painted to look like it is.”

painting wood

Dr. Stember started out painting scenery for plays. “That influenced me to paint large and environmentally,” she said. The patchwork series evolved from using basic solid colors to Marimekko-influenced large-scale contemporary patterns to now calico patterns.”

All of her paintings are large, approximately 5 by 8 feet, mimicking the size of real quilts. “I want people to feel it’s like a quilt even to its scale,” she said. There are contrasts of soft puckered background with rigid hard-edged geometric forms on it. Backgrounds are soft earth colors, browns and blues, while patterns are in bold, crisp colors found in real quilts. Amish Influences

She acknowledges Amish influences but doesn’t feel limited. “I think of my works as paintings, not quilts,” she said. Rickrack edgings that look real are hard-edged paint. One is filled with colorful circular spheres painted to look like they’re coming forward. Another has 20 square shapes, with four actually pasted on, three convex and one concave. There is an illusion of stitching as well. One has pinwheel shapes and still another employs neither squares nor circles but tuftings instead, and what looks like rickrack ribbons scallop across the painting.

“I think the show is timely,” Mrs. Cooney said. “Because of our very technical society, there’s been a resurgence of interest in what is American craft. We know that quilts are one of the few indigenous American crafts. It is said they were made because of thrift. But beautiful quilts reveal they were made of love and talent as well.”


When Paint Looks Like Fiber And Wood Takes Flight



TWO disparate forms, wood vessels and quiltlike paintings, are joined by a geometric thread in “Prisms and Spheres,” an exhibition on view through June 28 at H. Pelham Curtis Gallery in the New Canaan Library.

The eloquent show of just 19 pieces parades wood vessels, some African inspired, on graduated cubes down the center of the gallery, and sets walls ablaze with quiltlike paintings. It’s a marriage of forms that continues the question of where craft ends and art begins.

Peter Petrochko studied architecture but decided to change directions and make esculpturing in wood his work. In 1981, after running a landscape business for eight years to support himself, he left landscaping behind. “I plunged into the craft movement full time,” he said, “working my way into major craft shows, earning an income and a name for myself. The craft scene mushroomed, and with it, some of the boundaries between craft and fine art eroded. In some galleries, it would be hard to tell the difference these days between craft and fine art.”

Today, his vessels, primarily asymmetrical pieces designed for pure esthetics, celebrate sculptural shape and wood grain, particularly when using one wood species. In some, where a variety of natural wood colors are used, the geometry of patterns takes precedence. Band Saw Instead of Lathe

His distinctive style is borne in part by using a band saw (a continuous loop blade about 100 inches long) instead of a lathe. “I developed a ring technique to make a three-dimensional form by stacking concentric tapered rings cut with the band saw,” he said. “You can make an infinite amount of shapes with this technique.”


His colorful, sculptured vessels employ native and exotic woods. “The colors are part of the actual structure of the wall, not embellishment or veneer pressed into the vessel,” he explained. “To accomplish this, there are numerous lamination and sawing techniques. Some of the vessels have up to 600 separate pieces and require 25 different steps. There are segmented vessels employing various woods, sometimes seven or eight species in one piece.

“Colors are limited to the colors of nature,” the sculptor added. “But the variety of color in woods almost spans the whole color spectrum, with woods like purple heart, bloodwood, a bright red, and black ebonies. Still another is bright yellow satinwood.”

Perhaps the most striking piece is a vessel, 16 inches high and 16 inches wide, that is made of Mexican ebony and North American curly maple. About 200 pieces fit together to form the bold geometric patterns within and without.

His smallest piece, 6 inches high and 7 inches wide, in Brazilian kingwood (part of the rosewood family) has undulating walls and deep contrasts in wood shading from pale to darkest tones.

A third vessel, made of North American spalted crimson maple is subtly heart-shaped on top as part of its overall contour.

He refers to himself as a wood nut, a naturalist and a conservationist. “I’m concerned about all the natural resources of the planet, wood being part of it,” he said. “I advocate using exotic woods from sustainable sources, one of the policies of the Woodworkers Alliance for Rain Forest Protection.

When Cathy Cooney, curator of the show at the New Canaan library, discovered Mr. Petrochko’s work at the Westport Craft Show, she said that “Peter’s work stood out as American Craft Museum quality.” Comparing the work of the other artist, Nancy Malkin Stember, Ms. Cooney said, “I saw similarities in their color palettes, recognized both were involved in their craft from the beginning — and knew what was going to happen before it evolved.”


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