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Lexington Urn



Constructed using traditional wordworking techniques, this wooden cremation urn design is at once both classic and contemporary. This wood cremation urn brings together woods from around the world, including birdseye maple with paduak accents and an amboyna burl top. The cross is made of ebony. The result is an exceptional work of craftsmanship that provides a dignified and beautiful memorial. Finished in two coats of shellac and hand-rubbed with 3 coats of Briwax, this urn opens from the bottom where it seals securely with screws.

Note: the exact size of the urn is dependent upon the size of the person (and thus cremains) this is intended for. When ordering, I will contact you regarding these specifics.

If you wish not to have a cross on the urn, another symbol (within reason) can be substituted if desired.

Approx dimensions: 6“H x 11″W x 7“D

Materials: Birds-eye maple; paduak; amboyna burl; ebony.

Dimensions: Approximately 6“H x 11″W x 7“D

Finish: 3 coats of clear shellac, with a wax topcoat

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Liturgical


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Craftsman Mirror: Win!

Crafstman MirrorWhile watching a decent woodworking TV show, WoodSmith Shop, I was interested in the Craftsman-Style Mirror they had featured on a recent show. Christmas was coming, and the mother-in-law needed a gift, so, I thought this would be a good one. The show detailed how to make the trickier parts of the project (thought it was a simple project), and they were giving away the plans free! Get them here.

So what went right, and what went wrong?

What scared me the most was making the cove molding, which sits under the shelf. They wanted me to use the angled table saw trick, which, admittedly, concerns me, putting side pressure on a blade. Just doesn’t sit well with me. Instead, I used a large Core Box router bit, taking several passes, and it came out beautifully.

The crown molding under the cap was a bit tricky, but I was never good at crown molding to begin with. Nevertheless, it adds a wonderful touch.

The small, 1/4″ muntins were delicate, and a bit tricky to make, but also add a great deal to the piece, breaking up the large glass surface.

I used quarter-sawn white oak, but they used plain sawn white or red oak. That is their picture you see here.

The tricky part was the mirror; they don’t tell you how to procure one in the plans. I went to a glass dealer and he cut me a nice 1/8″ piece, not bevelled, and not side polished, for only $25.

I used a special hanging bracket they highlighted in the show, which is well worth the $8 at Woodcraft. This is a hefty piece, probably about 15 pounds, so a good mounting is essential.

If you’re looking for a nice weekend project that will please the woman in your life, this might be it.

In total, the project was about $50….well worth it. It was well received by the mother-in-law.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in BlogNotes


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The Concord

Concord Mission Clock New  3$495

Simple sophistication with comforting tones is The Concord. A mighty presence, The Concord is not just about height, but a more evolved mission style. Embracing the traditional and dramatic quarter-sawn white oak, with it’s sparkling ray fleck, The Concord is perfectly matched with Paduak (“pa-dook”), an African hardwood, deep red in color.

The quarter-sawn white oak is fumed; this is the traditional method often used by Stickley and others early in the Arts and Crafts (or “Mission”) style. Fuming is the process of placing the piece in a confined space with industrial strength ammonia for about 2 hours, which causes a chemical reaction with the tannin in the wood, changing it’s color to an ashen gray. Once a top coat (shellac, in this case) is applied, that beautiful, rich mission-brown color comes through. The color won’t fade or change at all, because it is a chemical reaction, and not a dye or stain. Even if it is sanded, the color is still there – up to 1/16th of an inch deep. Fuming also allows for a consistent color all over the piece – if all the pieces came from the same board(s). It can be a technically tricky finish to use, but the results are outstanding. Top coat is a polyurethane – either satin, or semi-gloss with wax.

Inset is a complementary 4”x4” leaf ceramic tile, made by a local artist (style subject to availability; contact New Mission Workshop for more info).

“Mr. Ashley’s clocks are literal works of art! The materials are of the highest grade and the workmanship is outstanding. Not only are the products of top quality, but the service provided by Mr. Ashley is unmatched. He truly cares about quality; both in material and service.” – Charles, Minneapolis, MN.

“There are not enough superlatives to describe how beautiful and wonderfully made this clock is and what a delight the artist is. And Patrick made this just for me! Such care and craftsmanship – it is truly a work of art. All materials are exceptional and the whole is a treasure for generations. I adore it and will be a repeat customer. Enjoyed the whole process. Thanks, Patrick!” – Karen in Georgia

Materials: Quarter-sawn white oak, with Paduak embellishment; 4”x4” tile (varies)

Dimensions: Approximately 17“H x 9“W x 5“D

Finish: Amonnia fumed oak; Paduak; Polyurethane topcoat

Price: $495

Concord Mission Clock New 1

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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Craftsman Clocks


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