By Donald DeVeny
Hand Crafted Collapsible Baskets, Solid Wood Puzzles, Decorative Three-D Trees, and Holiday Ornaments.
Donald DeVeny, using the trade name Woodcraft Arts, is a traditional artisan making natural wood decorative items such as collapsible baskets, three dimensional trees, solid wood puzzles, and scrollsaw cut holiday ornaments. Marketing of these products is done primarily through craft shows, but is also done by mail and phone order from regular customers and through this Internet web site.
All items are made in a home workshop using more than sixty species of domestic and exotic hardwoods. Parts are hand cut using a bandsaw or a scrollsaw, hand sanded, and finished using oil or water-based finishes. The designs have been inspired by a study of traditional craft items as well as extensive reading and experimentations.
The folding wooden basket is a traditional craft art form that has been around for more than a hundred years. Folding baskets are cut on a bandsaw using a single flat piece of wood. They work because of the natural strength and flexibility of solid wood. When it is folded flat it can be used as a trivet or put away for convenient storage. When the handle is lifted, it expands into a basket that can be used for any purpose desired. Baskets are made in several sizes from seven inches wide to about twelve inches wide, depending on the width of the piece of wood. Exotic woods are especially hard to find in wide boards. The basket is treated with a Danish Oil finish to protect and emphasize the grain and color of the wood. Baskets can be sanded with fine sandpaper to get rid of any marks or scratches from use, and re-oiled to look brand new.
Other popular items are the holiday ornaments and the three-d decorative trees. Ornaments are all cut by scrollsaw from solid wood, not birch plywood as is usually seen. I make over a hundred ornament designs and use a number of beautiful domestic and exotic hardwoods. Decorative trees are cut using the same principle as the folding baskets. Each section is cut using a slight taper, so that when they are expanded they lock together to form a three-dimensional display.
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