Welcome to Issue #16 of
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In this issue:

  • box dividers
  • new and for sale
  • woodworking classes
  • on a personal note: kaleidoscopes
  • final words

  • Jewelry Box Dividers

    A box can be as basic or ornate as you like. I tend to make simple boxes, using the wood itself for the detail. However, I like to add dividers and a cloth bottom to my jewelry boxes. It's easy to do and can give the box a more finished look.

    Below is a simple maple box divided for two bracelets.

    jewelry box dividers

    Click the link to read more about making box dividers.

    New & For Sale

    This month I'm featuring a walnut and mahogany jewelry box.

    Click photo for more information.

    Mention this newsletter and get $20.00 off this jewelry box.

    Visit my sale page for other new work and sale items.

    I've also created a new "Etsy" store. Click on the link to check it out:

    Woodworking Classes

    (Located S/SW of Boston)

    Learn new skills or hone old ones in small group sessions tailored to the individual. woodworking classes Classes are limited to 3 people and take place in my shop outside Boston. They generally meet once a week for 2-3 hours. The sessions go on as long as students are interested, a few months or a few years.

    woodworking classes As students progress, class becomes "open shop" time when they work on the projects of their choice while I answer questions and give suggestions as things come up.

    Individual instruction is also available.

    Click on the links below or contact me for more information.
    woodworking classes
    student work

    On a Personal Note

    I've been reading about kaleidoscopes recently and I thought I would share their history with you, as well as a tangent or two.

    In the early 1800's a Scotsman named Sir David Brewster experimented with light and color. He is credited with identifying the primary colors (red, blue and yellow) which combine to make all the colors in the visible spectrum.

    Human sight involves the cells in the eyes, particularly the rods and cones. We use those cells to combine the primary colors into all the colors on the spectrum.

    Other animals have more or less (or different) types of cells so they will experience color, and/or sight in general, differently from the way we do. Some animals can see infrared which humans can't, others are color blind.

    Insects often have compound eyes which allow them to see the world in multiples. However, that has nothing to do with the topic at hand, which is still kaleidoscopes.

    Back to Sir David, working away in Scotland. Another of his interests was experimenting with polarizing light (shifting the angle of light waves so they line up in a particular orientation). He realized that by using mirrors he could make light waves line up in a certain angle. He took this idea and in 1813 he put mirrors of different shapes into a tube to created reflections in specific geometric patterns. He called his invention the kaleidoscope, meaning an instrument for viewing beautiful forms.

    A few years later he patented his idea and kaleidoscopes have been enjoyed by people of all ages ever since.

    Now for the second tangent:

    Some animals can see polarized light, in other words, they are able to see the way the light rays are oriented. Scientists think this ability is used by bees to orient themselves to the sun so they can navagate on cloudy days.

    Octopuses are said to use it to locate prey by being better able to locate transparent animals. See polarization for details.

    Some humans also have the ability to see the polarization of light. I've even read that it is possible to teach yourself how to see it, but so far it hasn't worked for me.

    Next issue I'll go into light in more detail. Just what is the stuff anyway? Stay tuned....

    Final Words and Errata

    I hope you have enjoyed reading this ‘zine.

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