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Handmade American Kestrel Bas Relief Carving

This is a handmade, pyrographed (wood burned) and hand carved American kestrel carved from limewood (basswood). It is bas-relief carving carved with hand chisels on the limewood which was cut to shape using a scroll saw. It has a flat back making it suitable to be mounted on a wall.

Handmade American Kestrel Pyrograph and Carving by snazzie-designz

Below you can see a work in progress picture of the kestrel, already cut out with the scroll saw and with the pyrography (wood burning) and carving started but not yet finished.

Handmade American Kestrel Pyrograph and Carving by snazzie-designz

 


 

This is a handmade Coptic bound notebook with a map of Lindisfarne Holy Island burned into the cover.

Handmade Lindisfarne Holy Island Coptic Bound Notebook by Snazzie Designz

There are representations of St. Cutbert’s boat in the harbour, a Viking ship from the West, and English and Spanish ships from the Spanish Armada to show the long history of the island. When the tide is low a causeway is exposed so that people can walk out to the island.

The Celtic frame is inspired by one of the designs in the Lindisfarne Gospels ilustrated by St.Cuthbert’s monks on the island circa years 715AD-720AD. The monks who illuminated this book seemed eager to make the border take up a lot of space on the page which I’m guessing was to minimise the amount of detail work in the centre that they would need to do. I needed the opposite and wanted to maximise the space on the cover, so I designed a re-imagined version of the knotwork with the knotwork inside the corners rather than outside to optimise the space on the cover for the map.

Handmade Lindisfarne Holy Island Coptic Bound Journal by Snazzie Designz

 


 

More Coptic Bound Books…

Drogon Dragon Egg Box by Snazzie Designz

I made this dragon egg box myself out of clay. It was inspired by Drogon’s egg from the “Game of Thrones”. Unlike the TV replica which has scales which protrude which seems unlikely for an egg, I wanted to make mine more like the book description which is that it looked like red and black stone.

The stone that really inspired me is Eudialyte, a very rare crystal which apart from being spectacularly beautiful is exactly the colours I wanted for my egg. When I looked up further information about eudialyte it turns out that the rich cadmium colour in the stone is referred to by Russian dealers as “Dragon’s Blood” which seemed perfect for a dragon egg.

Also unlike the TV prop, this egg opens and the lid and base slot together so seamlessly that you can hold it by the lid and it will stick together.

Pine Grosbeak Holiday card Project 2018 by snazzie designz

Every year DeviantArt run a holiday card project where they get people from all around the world to make handmade cards which they then distribute over the holiday period to people hospital to brighten their spirits when they can’t be at home for the holidays.

Since it first started in 2004, the project has received nearly 28,000 cards sent in by thousands of deviants from over 60 different countries/political regions. This is my contribution for this year. #HolidayCardProject2018 #HolidayCardProject.

The card is made from card-backed sapele and maple wood with the pine grosbeak and tree branches pyrographed (burned into the wood). I added tints of colour to the bird, berries and snow.

The inside of the card is paper lined and I did up a printout design with a seasonal best wishes message on it.

Click here For more information about the project on DeviantArt

The pine grosbeak cover image which inspired this card was taken by gigi50 on dA.

Re-Fillable Wooden covered A4 journal with Tarot themed cover designed, handmade and pyrogrphed (wood burned) by snazzie Designz.

The paper used is high quality smoke lorenzo paper but you can add in lined paper, printed pages or any other type of pages you like.

Handmade Refillable A4 Tarot Journal by Snazzie Designz

Handmade Refillable A4 Tarot Journal by Snazzie Designz

To add or remove pages from the book you unscrew the binding posts and then add or remove punched A4 pages and replace the screw binding posts.

Handmade Refillable A4 Tarot Journal by Snazzie Designz

The front cover has a maple veneer inlay with a purfling surround, and the cover edges also have a purfling edges.

Handmade Refillable A4 Tarot Journal by Snazzie Designz

 

To see more re-fillable wooden covered A4 books/journals click here.

This box is of my own unique and one-off design specifically made for a set of R.a.F. medals for a veteran in the R.A.F. The box is entirely handmade made of oak, teak and mahogany and the various parts of the 3D crest individually cut are made of maple, basswood, beech and American walnut.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

The compartments of the box are specifically sized to each of the medals and have holes in them for the pins at the back so that the medals sit flush in the box. The indentations on the middle tray not only serve as finger holds so that you can lift the tray out, but also make the tray into a cross shape that matches the top of the crown.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Per Ardua Ad Astra is the R.A.F. motto pyrographed (burned) into the sides of the lid which loosely translates as Through adversity to the stars.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

All of the parts were individually cut with a fret/scroll saw including the wings, head body and claws of the eagle. The text on the motto scroll is burned into the wood. the text on the crest is hand painted in gold.

 

The beak & claws took extra precision cutting as they are each less than 1cm square in size and the talons are about 2mm.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Inside lid with a maple veneer marquetry inlay of the R.A.F. crest.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

Since the Eagle Squadrons were for American crew serving in the R.A.F., the eagle’s wings and body are individually cut from American walnut from Seattle.

Handmade RAF Medal Box by snazzie designz

For the keen eyed amongst you, you may notice that the crown on the crest is the King’s Crown rather than the Queen’s Crown since this has been made for an RAF veteran.

This is a hand made wooden R.A.F. Eagle Squadron 71 Plaque with a 3D crest.

The base was designed and hand made by me out of sapele wood, and the crest itself is made of multiple cut pieces of various woods perfectly fitted and glued together

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Since the Eagle Squadrons were for American crew serving in the R.A.F., the eagle’s wings and body are individually cut from American walnut from Seattle.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

For the keen eyed amongst you, you may notice that the crown on the crest is the King’s Crown rather than the Queen’s Crown since this has been made for an RAF veteran.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

All of the parts were individually cut with a fret/scroll saw including the wings, head body and claws of the eagle. The text on the motto scroll is burned into the wood. the text on the crest is hand painted in gold.

 

The beak & claws took extra precision cutting as they are each less than 1cm square in size and the talons are about 2mm.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

The first plaque base I made was made out of beech wood, and it looked quite nice, but it wasn’t dark enough to contrast with the basswood backing of the eagle on the crest, so I made a new one out of sapele instead.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

This is a handmade Coptic bound notebook with pyrographed covers inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

Samurai Girl Coptic Bound Book by snazzie designz

Front Cover: Samurai Girl

The front cover shows a female samurai (onna-bugeisha) inspired by a Japanese woodblock print that has been assigned the title “Falconer Ukiyo-e – Utagawa Kunisada”. However when I looked up “Falconer by Kunisada a different image came up so I’m not sure if those details are accurate or not.

Samurai Girl Coptic Bound Book by snazzie designz

Samurai Girl Coptic Bound Book by snazzie designz

This is what the cover looked like with just the burn lines before the colour was added.

Samurai Girl Coptic Bound Book by snazzie designz

Inside the front cover.

Samurai Girl Coptic Bound Book by snazzie designz

Back Cover: The Great Wave

The back cover is inspired by probably the best known and most famous Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print, the awe-inspiring “Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai.

The Great Wave Coptic Bound Book by snazzie designz

Butterfly box designed and hand made by Snazzie Designz.

This is a one-off custom made butterfly box which was made for the Summer Craft Competition promoting collaboration between stock photographers and craft makers on deviantArt.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz

I really loved the idea of this project, and the promotion of photographers and crafts people working together to create something altogether new. I also love to collaborate with other inspiring people. So this box was inspired by the wonderful monarch butterfly stock photo by Egil21 on deviantArt.

The box and lid were cut in four layers with a scroll/fret saw to a pattern that I made from tracing the photo. I then wood burned the wing pattern on both sides of the lid because monarch butterfly wings are patterned similarly on the underside. I then added colour and finish to it.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress
Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

I then cut out the middle body part (which I’m sure someone will tell me the scientific name for) and added antennae made from copper wire and beads spray painted dark brown. It sits on a layer of felt which is the fluffy hair on the butterfly, but it doesn’t come out too well in the photo.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

The wings of the butterfly act as the lids of the box and open up to reveal the contents within. It went against my nature to then have to cut its wings off, but of course I would be re-attaching them via small hinges so that they would rise up and down like butterfly wings, and act as the opening lids of the box.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

The box is lined with felt in the same pattern as the wings, which meant painstakingly cutting out tiny pieces of felt and trying not to glue them to my fingers instead of the box bottom! Never again!!!! 😀

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Oddly the hardest part of this entire project was painting the base of the box. I nearly threw it out the window on several occasions. At first I couldn’t get an even coat, so I put an acrylic base on it as a primer. This was a disaster, and the acrylic started to peel off. So I sanded it all back and started all over again. This time I used a proper oil-based primer, but it didn’t cure properly and after several attempts to patch it up I ended up sanding the whole thing off again and starting all over.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Finally after some online research I discovered that particular raw woods such as pine are notoriously difficult to get an even coat of spray paint on. Also I discovered that you can get a spray primer which I got and hey presto! It filled in tiny holes in the grain, and provided a sooth and solid foundation for the spray paint. I decided to use a textured spray paint on the base just to tone it down and blend into the background more because I want the butterfly to stand out.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Chequering Toolbox with Dragon Pyrograph Decoration.

Chequering Tool Box

I bought some chequering tools which came in an awful cardboard box which looked awful. So Aldwarke very kindly and most expertly made me a wooden tool box for them. As you can see below it took some precision measurements and cutting to get the hollows the exact size for the tools.

Chequering Tool Box Chequering Tool Box

Chequering Tool Box

Chequering Tool Box

Chequering Tool Box Chequering Tool Box

So when I got hold of this beautiful box I obviously wanted to decorate it with something that would do justice to the wonderful craftsmanship that went into the box itself.

Chequering Tool Box

Initially I had planned to decorate the box with hand cut and carved swamp dragons based on the marvellous Paul Kidby illustrations of swamp dragons for the Terry Pratchett Discworld series. However they were too bright and orange to match the more golden wood finish of the box so I cancelled that idea and tried some hand cut and burned traditional Chinese twin dragons

Chequering Tool Box

The Chinese twin dragons were too small and detailed to work well on the box lid. so I decided to cancel that idea too and instead go for one bigger Chinese dragon in gold which would match the colour of the golden wood finish on the box.

Chequering Tool Box

WellSnazzie Collaborations Logo by snazzie-designz

For a full list of all of the WellSnazzie Collaborations please click here.

To see more of Harry’s remarkable craft work check out his gallery on deviantart here.