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Wool felting has been allowing humans to make great stuff from raw wool for years without having to weave or sew. It is certainly the easiest way to make wool garments when you don’t have tons of fancy equipment. The basic idea is to make the item you want by piling the wool onto a surface it won’t stick too. Next you add soap and water (warm water is better) and agitate for a very long time. This locks the fibers together into a surprisingly strong fabric. Below is a couple of projects I completed at ROOTS school in VT.
My completed arrow quiver. (Winter Camo):
My completed cool Winter hunting cap with fold-down ear flaps:
Step 1: Wash the wool and “pick” it.
Step 2: Card the wool with this handy-dandy carder:
Step 3: Lay out your bad-ass quiver:
Step 4: Pour warm water over it:
Step 5: Build the inside and then pour water over it again.
Step 6: Roll it up and agitate agitate agitate.
Here is the agitation step for the hat (on a bouncey ball).
Thes Factory Carts came to us in rather rough condition and needed completely new decks before putting them into full retail service:
Completed Factory Cart #2:
The before view of factory cart #1. This cart needed a full deck replacement along with some frame repair, cleaning, refinishing and ant relocation.
Factory Cart # 1 with it’s new Worm-Scarred Maple top. No finish yet.
Factory Cart #2 with it’s old deck removed and a good cleaning and refinishing.
Presently there are two versions of educational puzzles: Lower 48 U.S.A. and the Periodic Table.
The U.S.A. puzzles can be customized quite easily for individual children by adding home location, name, etc. The USA puzzle is made from two pieces of cherry laminate. The lower piece is engraved with state outlines and geographic features. The individual states are then added to the top layer. Some eastern states have been combined for structure sake.
The periodic table puzzle is a bit more complex than the U.S.A. puzzle. It is made from mirrored acrylic. It’s best use is to be something for a child to play with when young to become familiar with the structure and the terms. It can be backed and taped together and hung on the wall to use as a study guide.
One seriously fun project. The AG Toy Chest:
The Toy chest is made of red oak, and has an ambrosia maple nameplate on top. The nameplate and the sides of the chest are laser-engraved. The chest is dovetailed. There is a removable till that slides from side to side inside the chest. Because this chest was used as a toy chest for a young boy, torsional hinges were used so the lid of the chest is self-supporting when opened.