Patina Reflections


Musings upon wood and tools after a 20-year hiatus.

Updated Mantle

Shortly after buying our home and moving in nearly six years ago, I discovered that the rough cedar mantle, stained a dark walnut, had been broken and reattached to the stub hanging from the rock wall.  I noticed later that […]

Valentines Box

I made a Valentines Day gift for my wife from bloodwood.   The lidded box is approximately six inches long, and three inches wide and tall. Being lovers of Arts & Crafts, we have many pieces of furniture purchased in that […]


I rather quickly put together some checkerboards for my children (and families) for Christmas. All the boards are made from the same stock of Birdseye maple and Paduk.  Both are beautiful woods and bring great characteristics. This board is wrapped […]

Drawer Pull For My Desk

I finished my desk about 4 1/2 years ago, except that I did not have a drawer pull for either drawer.  I have been at a loss to know what it should look like. I wanted something that was unique, […]

Corner Cabinet Doors Hung

The Corner cabinet attached to the top right unit above the sink is shown in this photo.  This view really shows off Judy’s choice of glass that was used in the door. Earlier today I hung the new solid door […]