April 2020 Update

Product of the Month

Each month we choose a special product we have created to showcase on our monthly round-up. Check out the product we chose for this month below.

Houtkapper bird dip spoon - handmade market items
Houtkapper bird dip spoon - handmade market items
Bird Dip Spoon or Pate Knife

Price: $15.00 AUD

My husband and I love basil and various herb dips so I decided to make a product that is not really an essential item, but one we would often use. This bird-shaped spoon/knife is approximately 5.5cm long and can be used for dips or pates – we have started using ours and are enjoying the novelty. I think they are kind of cute, possibly because I made them…..but, I would love to hear what you think about them.

Out of the Workshop

Heart Necklace

Camphor Laurel timber

Bird Dip Spoon

Camphor Laurel timber

Wooden Stirrers

Camphor Laurel timber

April Chit Chat

Apart from the mayhem all around us…

…April has been a pretty good month in the workshop. It started with a good clean-up, which was great because I found all the tools I secretly blamed my husband for taking / hiding but which I actually misplaced myself – ouch. After the clean up there was all this bench space on which I can now make stuff, yay! So, I am experimenting with some smaller ‘market-type’ items and am having a load of fun. I was hoping to sell at the next handmade market in May, but not sure if this will go ahead in current circumstances. I will keep you updated, but in the meantime I will continue to ‘self-isolate’ in my workshop to churn out some good stuff.

Houtkapper - handmade market items - kitchen wooden spoon

Tree & Timber of the Month:
Southern Silky Oak (Grevillea Robusta)

Houtkapper timber of the month - Southern Silky Oak

Anyone who lives in an old ‘Queenslander’ style home, probably has casement windows made from Southern Silky Oak timber – you may not actually see the timber due to the paint however. It was very popular in its historical use for external joinery, due to its resistance to wood rot and insect attacks but has widely been replaced by aluminium.

From Wikipedia; Grevillea robusta is commonly known as the southern silky oak, silk oak or silky oak, silver oak or Australian silver oak. It is a flowering plant in the family Proteaceae and the largest species in its genus. It is a native of eastern coastal Australia. The flowers are great for our native bird species and the tree itself is very attractive.

The timber is generally a light colour, with beautiful flecks and reasonably easy to work with. Although it is no longer widely available in quantities suitable for joinery, you can still find a lot of old furniture pieces made from it. The smaller pieces of timber I find are suitable to use for making items like spoons, stirrers, spurtles, handles and bowls.

Personal Raving

After cutting down on the amount of meat we eat, for health and conscientious reasons, my husband and I came across a small start up business called Ethical Meats. Their products are more than worth the slightly higher price you pay, knowing that their animals have been raised in good conditions, and their service is fantastic. For us personally, it is good to know the meat you eat comes from animals that have not been fed copious amounts of hormones and raised in appalling, overstocked conditions – but that they are truly free range and healthy.

I would highly recommend Ethical Meats to anyone who is conscious of their own health and the health of the animals and our environment.

Houtkapper Personal raving of the month - Ethical Meats

Quote of the Month

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results”
– Albert Einstein

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