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Friday, November 16, 2012

New Diggs - Getting Set Up


So I've recently moved from Parkdale to the Glen Park area (still Toronto, yeah!), and with that move came a lot of disturbance to the craft 'Force'. The new work area is almost set up and ready to go. I'm looking forward to getting back into it, and the Gifts Of My Hands gift show coming up on December 15th will give me a lot of reason to burn my butt off. :O (not literally!)

Adam Grant
Man of Craft

Gifts Of My Hands - Gift Show! Pt. 1

Hello MOC followers!!

I will be a vendor at an upcoming gifts show in December, called Gifts Of My Hands. It will be my very first gift show, and will be held on Saturday, December 15th, at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse!

Although I know that December can be one of the busiest months of the year, I would like to invite you to come to the show, and hope you are able to attend. With all the other talented artists and crafters also present, it would be amazing to have some support by way of seeing your happy faces. :D

If you are intending on attending, please print out THIS FLYER and bring to the event. Not only does it give you all the information you need on when/how to get there, but each one of you that brings one of these flyers to the show will let the organizers know that I've invited you (it has my name in the bottom right hand box). If I bring in the most support the cost of my table at the show will be paid for!

Here is a link to the event page online, so you can take a look through and see who else will be there besides Man of Craft: Gifts of My Hands Vendors

There should be a lot to choose from, and you'll be able to pick up some amazing and unique gifts for the holidays!

WHEN: December 15th 2012 from 11:00 am until 6:00pm
WHERE: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse (50 Wabash Ave) Both floors
CITY: Toronto, ON

I would LOVE to see you there!


Adam Grant
Man of Craft

Sunday, August 12, 2012

It's Been a Hiatus

Hello Everyone!

I have been focusing my energy on other very important life tasks over the last few months. Please check back on this here blog when you get a chance, as I'm likely to start updating it, and ramping up my crafting juices/vibes/etc in the near future.

Thank you, and we'll hang out soon!


Adam Grant
Man of Craft

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Guitar anyone?

Hey Everybody!

Over the past couple of months, in amongst work and life, I've been trying out a different application for my burning. I was asked by a friend of mine, Jon, who plays guitar in a band called Jo Jo Gun & The Bullets (Myspace) (FB Page) (one of his musical incarnations), to burn a design onto the wooden pick-guard he has for his guitar. I was quite happy to oblige!

The design was drawn from scratch and it went through a few different incarnations before everything seemed right, and the green light was given to burn away! The burning was a little slow-going, as the pre-existing finish had seeped into the grain of the wood. This meant that my pyrography tools had to kind of 'plow' through the finish to get to the burning point.

Here are a few images showing the progression from beginning to end:

After sanding off the existing finish, there's a
nice clean canvas to work with.
Here was the beginning of the first concept.
The latin wording is VERA - Truth,
SPES - Hope, AMOR - Love, ARS - Art.
The text was a little crammed together, so
another version was needed.

This next positioning had the beginnings of
the text taking over the piece, so this one was
scrapped as well. 
And here is the rough draft of the final version,
complete with more focus on the floral design.
Then I used my natural light box (the sun, plus an
open window) to help in inking the final draft.
After the design has been transferred to the
And now a series of details from the more or less
final burned piece. (before finishing)

Rough approximate lines were added to show
where the volume and tuning knobs were going
to be.
Pre-finished, after burning. The text was added
after this pic was taken.
And the final product! Lovely!

I hope to have some images of the guard on Jon's guitar in the near future. When I get them, make no doubt they'll be posted that very night!

Buoyed from the success of the first one, I did another pick-guard for my very own guitar. This one was a little easier to burn, as the basswood was unfinished to start with. It was also a little smaller, as the guitar is a Les-Paul style. One of the challenges for this project was that the guard I have is plastic, and so a new one needed to be cut and shaped out of some 3/8" basswood. No problem though, using some hand tools and a little patience in cutting and sanding.

I chose a honey bee and honeycomb design 'bee'cause of how awesome honey bees are. I mean, come on... all kinds of amazing.

On the left is the original guard made from plastic. The other
two to its right are made from the same piece of basswood,
although they do look slightly different in colouring.
Bee design transferred onto the wood.
All finished burning. The design always looks
a little darker before it is finished with polyurethane.
And the final piece on the guitar. Whenever I play
now, I feel the mighty power of the honey bee, guiding
me towards unrivalled fret-board mastery! :O

There we go! A couple new projects completed in my pyrographic journey. I keep having a blast doing this, so there will be plenty more to come.

Later, folks!

Adam Grant
Man of Craft

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ultra-Mini Update


It's been a while since I've posted, but I'm on my way back into the swing of things. There have been a couple projects that I've been working on, and completed over the holidays. And one that's not quite finished that I can't wait to show off a little.

There will be pics up soon-ish, and a proper blog post to go along with it!


Adam Grant
Man of Craft