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I'm glad you found my place, take a little time to look around and I hope you enjoy the website and seeing some of the things I have made.
After a two year break to rest up, I'm back in the shop again and really enjoying myself. Over the last couple of years I've been doing a lot of target shooting and started playing around with making grips for my favorite pistol, the 1911. I'll be adding a page soon just for them. Once again, thank y'all for staying in touch and for all the support and encouragement you give me!
Most of you have probably noticed that I have taken a break from my woodwork. I had been going at it non-stop for many years and I wanted to step back and enjoy life a little. My wife and I became foster parents in June of 2013 so I decided to spend some time being a dad again. Anyway, I'll be back in the shop again before you know it. As always, thank you for all your support. TJB
Me and Jake Files outside his office at the Arkansas state capital. He's a member of our State Senate and had just introduced me and a couple of pieces of intarsia I made on the senate floor. These two pieces were displayed at his office for the next week. I love history, so it was pretty cool to be invited up and given the run of the place. I had a blast walking around and checking everything out and meeting some of our senators that came up and introduced themselves.
I found out recently that my Beer Shark will be in the May issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine. That issue will be hitting the stores March 26th.
This project came about one night when I was just goofing around in my shop and made this for my own amusement. And for my friends on Facebook to get a laugh out of. I didn't think it would end up in one of the magazines, but it's a fun project that I think everyone will enjoy.
If you are on facebook, you're welcome to come join my friends list there. There are all kinds of different woodworkers and artists from around the world on my friends list and everyone is very friendly.
I check my page there everyday and have contests every now and again to give away some of the woodwork I make.
Just click on the FB badge below to go my page and send me a friends request.
I went to the SAW expo in Springfield Missouri to hang out and meet with friends. It was pretty cool to find one of my designs entered into the scroll saw contest and getting to meet the man who had cut it.
I just made a new page named (Making A Intarsia Rose). This is for everyone that wants to see a intarsia project come to life. I will be working on it over the next couple of weeks in my spare time and taking step by step photos and posting them here and on my Facebook page. The photos will have the steps described as I go. This one is for my friend Diana, I hope y'all enjoy watching it come to life. TJB
I just checked my websites stats page and saw that I had over 135,000 views here last year. WOW! Thank ya'll for your interest!
You can see my new intarsia rose and get the pattern in the February 2012 issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine. It's named A Rose for Emily in honor of my new granddaughter.
I want to say thank you to everyone that has sent something for me to hang in the shop over this last year! Especially the license plates that have been coming in for the last month from my facebook friends.
I really love all the cool and quirky stuff ya'll have sent!!!
This is my new design that I named Emily's Rose. It will be featured in the February 2012 issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine.
Teaching a scrolling class at Ozark Folkways in Winslow, Arkansas 9/10/11
Thanks to everyone for all the emails you have sent and all of your comments about my work, please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or comments you may have. If you are a member of a woodworking club and you're interested in setting up a scroll saw class for fretwork or intarsia at your location, you can contact me at the address below.
Most of the photos you see on here of my work were shot by James McFadin. You can see more of his beautiful work on his website.
Emily's rose and the pattern is in the February 2012 issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine. It's named A Rose for Emily.
You can see one of the dragons I cut in the summer issue of Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine.
There's a small feature about my woodwork in Issue 36 of Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts magazine. It's in the section called Sawdust by Kathleen Ryan.
I want to thank the Alaska Creative Woodworkers Association for bringing me up and being the most wonderful hosts a person could ask for. There are no words to describe the place or the people, it's just somewhere you have to experience to believe.
One of the new pieces I cut is in the current fall 2011 issue of Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts Magazine. It's the starburst designed by Fred Arndt.
There's a small write up about my woodwork in the readers gallery in the November issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine.
If you get a chance, check out the hand carved snake walking sticks by Jackie Hardin in the link below. They were photographed by Jim McFadin and are on Jim's website.