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Dogwood Belt and Cross

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I hope everyone is healthy and safe in this time of the corona virus. For Easter I used this down time to craft two Dogwood items, my first leather carved belt and a leather carved Cross. I used our Horseshoe Buckle on the belt.
I'm sure everyone knows of the legend of how the Dogwood Tree is related to the Cross of Christ. We are surrounded by wild Dogwoods here in East Texas and I have taken many photos. This month's project is more of a "show and tell" rather than a tutorial. Enjoy!





Round Coat Rack

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A few years ago I bought a couple of old corbels from Old Texas Wood in Dallas.
We cut them up into pieces to hold up the bar in our kitchen. I had these two left over and they were thick enough for this project. I drew a half circle and cut it on the band saw.

My idea was to glue tooled leather to the front of this round piece and screw hooks to the leather.

I drew the tooling design and traced in the hook bases.

I tooled the leather and put on a finish to accenuate the cuts.


I went to the "Wood Store" in my husband's wood shop and found this cypress piece. It was thick like the round piece, so it was perfect for the look I wanted, and it was the perfect size!

I screwed in Z clip hardware and sprayed a clear sealer on all the wood.

After I glued the leather to the round piece and let dry, I glued the round piece to the cypress and let it dry. The extra clamped board was a guide for gluing the round piece.

The round piece was screwed to the cypress.

I spray painted a horseshoe, a…

Horseshoe Towel Bar/Shelf

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I've always wanted to make a Horseshoe Towel Bar, but I wasn't sure how to design it. I finally came up with this design.



I bought a 1 x 6 x 6' long board and cut 2 pieces 30" long. I found a 1" dowel in the shop which was 30". I sanded all surfaces and glued and clamped the pieces together. I used screws to secure it.



I wanted to glue leather to the top and on the front edge of the shelf, so I put blue tape on these sections and spray painted the shelf unit and the dowel.



This is the paint I used in metallic oil rubbed bronze.



Horseshoes will be screwed to the ends of the shelf to hold the dowel. Tiny conchos with screw adapters will hold the dowel in place. The other conchos will be screwed into the top leather strip.



I cut a strip of leather 1 1/2" wide and punched slotted holes for the slotted conchos.



I tied the conchos to the leather and glued the leather strip onto the wood.



Leather is glued. Pilot holes are drilled for the conchos with the screw adapte…

Hammered Copper Candle Holder

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I saw metal hammered copper candle holders in a catalogue and thought, " I can do that, with wood!"


I used one of my Candle Holder Blanks and found a meat tenderizer and, well you know, good way to take your frustrations out on an object.


I painted it with metallic copper acrylic paint. You could use a brighter copper color or spray paint, but this is what I had on hand. You could also use another color.


Next, add upholstery nails or tacks and a 2 1/4" concho. I used a screw adapter to screw the concho into the wood. You may need to drill a little hole so the concho will fit flat against the wood. You can add a votive candle.

I showed to some friends who stopped by and they were amazed at how real it looked.

Or you can add a flameless candle, which I prefer.
So, since the holidays are over you can save this project for the next holiday season. It would also make a great gift!
Happy 2020!




Christmas Horseshoe

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Here's a way to make a quick and easy wreath or decor gift using an XL Horseshoe. These greenery pieces came from garland I had cut for another project.

I put 2 pieces of red leather lace in the top holes.

Wrap the pieces of garland around the horseshoe.

You can decorate it any way you desire.

I added a painted Mini Star Nail and ribbon.

The Christmas Horseshoe will make any room bright and festive. Here's hoping you and yours have a Merry Christmas!

Lariat Picture Frame

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There are several oval or round lariat picture or mirror frames out there, but I haven't seen any square or rectangle lariat frames. So, I thought I'd try to make one.

I had 4 pieces of barn wood the same length. I cut the diagonals and routed the edge for a mirror, canvas painting or photo. I glued it together and added staples with the staple gun. When dry I added nails to the corners with the brad nail gun.


Here is the square frame ready for the lariat. The frame is approximately 13 1/2" x 13 1/2" for a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" photo.


I started at the outside corner of the frame with a full lariat (tassel end first) and nailed it with a brad nail gun.


I cut the lariat using a burn tool and nailed that end to the frame.


I continued around the frame cutting and nailing the lariat.


I glued leather strips to cover the lariat cut ends and hot glued on turquoise spots.


I added a spur rowel with a turquoise rivet to show one example of decoration.


I chose to nail on the honda a…

Tool Caddy

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There are plenty of tool caddies out there, vintage and new. It should be easy to make for a Fall table center piece, right?

You can use any type of wood, but I used white oak from old barns and buildings. This is the same wood I used for my kitchen remodel. Being from old growth trees, it is very dense, heavy and beautiful.

Pictured are the pieces for the project with their measurements.


After looking at many photos of different tool caddies, I cut out this design for the end pieces on the scroll saw.


The tool caddy will be glued and nailed with a brad nail gun. Before assembly, holes will be drilled for the lariat handle. Of course I had to westernize it!




I made tooled leather pieces for the sides and ends, which will be glued to the wood using Titebond regular.


The lariat was pulled tight with channel lock pliers and nailed on both sides of the upright into the hole. The excess was then burned off with a burn tool.

You can use a dowel or 1x2 for your handle. Cut it to fit inside t…