Sleeping cat

I recently experienced a heart-stopping moment: searching for a specific piece of timber in the redundant pigsties where I store my carving wood, something rustled in a dark corner above my head. I froze, looked up and caught the bold stare of a small, stray ginger cat settled on top of a stack of timber. Each time I went in, Puss was not inclined to move. At first, I tried to shoo him away, our hens being uneasy with a feline presence, but Puss was having none of that. Now that feather and fur have become used to each other,

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Seeds to go.

For this bird-feeding season, we kept our eye on functional hospitality as well as on styling. That’s why we included retaining rails for tidiness and a foolproof feeding system with ample drainage. Practical as it is, we’re guessing that this feeder’s contemporary good looks will set your neighbors chirping right along with the chickadees.

Let’s Start with the Hopper.

1. To make the hopper walls, first rip and crosscut a piece of W-thick stock to 6×32″. (We selected redwood. Most S4S or «surfaced on four sides» redwood stock is milled to 11/16 or 5/8″ thick, either of which will work

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How to make a limewood lily

Limewood foliage carving is most closely associated with the stunning swags and garlands of the great 17th-century master Grinling Gibbons and in modern times with the equally stunning floral bouquets of David Esterly.

If you are not quite ready to aim that high, this project provides a single flower to help you practise creating delicate petals and leaves with ultra-thin edges before you tackle more complex compositions.

The flower is an arum lily originating from Africa, but grown as a garden flower in Britain since the 17th century and a favourite of florists. Its charm lies in its beautiful bell-shaped

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Gothic boss in oak

The Gothic style of the Middle Ages was one of the high points in the history of carved decoration, and this project takes us back around 800 years to the world of medieval woodcarvers whose lives were very different to our own.

This attractive boss, carved in oak (Quercus robur), is a direct copy from Pugin’s Gothic Ornament.

I haven’t been able to confirm where this boss came from, but I had a suggestion from the archaeologist at Winchester Cathedral that it could be from the medieval Palace of Westminster — the old Houses of Parliament that burnt down in

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Flip-top cottontail

For Starters, Rough Out Your Bunny On the Bandsaw

1.To make a blank, rip and crosscut a 4×6 piece of 1 3/4-thick stock. (We selected cherry. If you have trouble finding stock this thick, you can laminate thinner stock.) Next, make two copies of the full-sized pattern shown on page 30, and adhere one of these to one face of the blank. (We used 3M Spray Mount, a spray adhesive you can buy at art-supply and crafts stores.) Using your bandsaw and a sharp Vs» blade, follow along the outside pattern line to cut the rabbit to shape, keeping your

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Bubble Wrap

How to highlight just the edges of objects.

The work of New York studio pro Satoshi is well known to Pop Photo readers—his killer product shots grace «The Year’s Biggest g Deals». But with the to photo above, we present another side of this lord of lighting: his ability to capture liquid in its many forms.

Bubbles have always fas-cinated Satoshi, and for this project he wanted a distinctly architectural look.»I knew not to front-light the bubbles,» the photographer explains. «It would have created busy highlights, drawing attention to the bubbles’ surfaces, not to their crisp edges.»

Instead, he chose

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Blue edges

You turn on your high-speed grinder. You offer up the bevel of your carving tool to the spinning wheel. Sparks fly. All’s going well, then — oh no! Suddenly, before you can react, a part of the cutting edge turns blue…

Bluing edges is a calamity: the blue colour marks where the temper — the hardness that the manufacturer imposed on the blade — has been destroyed. The blued part of the cutting edge is now soft; it will dull very quickly, even bend, next time you carve.

What can you do?

Other than re-temper your carving tool, nothing —

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Earthquake-prone areas of the Earth

Predicting earthquakes is difficult, and scientists are not ready to give accurate predictions. However, the maps of seismic regions of the earth already exist.

Earthquakes — earthquakes and vibrations the earth's surface by natural causes (mainly tectonic processes) or artificial processes (explosions, filling reservoirs, underground caves caving mining).

Most large earthquakes occur deep in the earth, at the edges of plates tektoninechskih. Under the influence of a force that presses on the edges, they dramatically change the situation, break through the rock and shift the earth's surface. Accumulated energy is released in the form of underground rumors

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