83: Lacing Cards

The lacing card activity idea has been in my back pocket since probably the start of the blog, thanks to Rebecca at Hugs Are Fun, who is totally a pro at the whole mom thing.  She knew that lacing cards were a great toddler activity that can keep little hands busy.  And busy is what [...]

78: X-COM Shield

Owing partial thanks to the awesomeness of fluorescent green material, I put together a custom piece for a client this week that blended appreciation for two things: the X-COM series of science fiction video games and the real world United States Army Special Forces. We decided on a parody of the X-COM shield design, cast [...]

55: Pseudorotary Engraving

There's something classy about a plaque with a neatly rotary-engraved plate. Because rotary engraving traces the outline of each letter or shape and fills are created by repeating inset paths, you get an illusion of depth that can look stunning with the right design and lighting. Lasers typically engrave in a fashion similar to how inkjet [...]

48: Simple Wallet

Recently, an old friend got in touch and said he wanted to get a new wallet.  Brenn wasn't interested in the same flap of leather or cloth that we've all been using for a few decades. Instead, he was interested in a simple flat wallet similar to something seen online. Simple and flat are things I [...]

46: LaserDark

I've laser-engraved an axe handle before, as a test to determine whether I could process some of the longer pieces for Eagle Engraving. It was successful, and the first actual order came in for a laser engraved large axe handle.  Since one step of the process wasn't covered in the previous project, I'll be going [...]

42: Nice Piece of Hickory

One of the products that we make at the engraving company I work for is a commemorative axe for firefighters. It's an impressive finished piece that includes the firefighter's department patch engraved on a super-shiny axe head and it's typically mounted on a giant plaque that features other items and elements from his or her [...]