Wooden Salt Cellar


A couple of years ago I whittled a wooden spoon as a thank-you gift for our family friend Valerie, who was my daughter’s elementary school art teacher. Valerie appreciated it so much that my wife asked me to make another wooden gift for Valerie’s upcoming birthday. I thought about it... Read more »

Wind Your Own Guitar Pickups


When I first started building homemade instruments, I used a piezoelectric buzzer from RadioShack as a pickup (see http://onestringwillie.com for details). But while it’s cheap and simple, the piezo transducer has downsides: it has a low signal output, it picks up a lot of handling noise and can go into... Read more »

Pagan Eggcraft


There’s magic in your fridge or at least the makings of it. There, behind the OJ, there’s a carton of Grade A power objects. (Alright, so at the moment they’re just eggs, but with your help they could be so much more!) Turns out, what we’ve come to know as... Read more »