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By Jo Sonja Jansen    The boxmaker splits the log by hand into thin slivers, smooths the slivers with a handplane, soaks or steams the pieces, then bends them around a wooden form, holding them in place with clamps and handmade wooden pins until they dry. He then drills holes and fastens the bent pieces to a thin, flat top or bottom piece, either round or oval, with small wooden pegs, all of which he has prepared by hand in advance. Finally, he secures the side piece by sewing it with birch root, thin cane, or rushes. A laborious process...

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Tips & Techniques Chooks is the delightful Australian term for chicken (rhymes with nook). These Chooks are just begging to be painted by you. PALETTE SUGGESTIONS Jo Sonja’s Artist’s Colors To make tints, add White Diox. Purple (V) Red Violet (RV) Napthol Crimson (R) Vermilion (O) Yellow Deep (Y) Brilliant Green + touch RV or Olive Green (G) Celadon (BG) Titanium White (W) Carbon Black (BLK) BRUSHES Jo Sonja’s Sure Touch #3 - 4 Round - Basic Painting #2 Liner (1360 Short Liner) - Lines and Details ¾” Flat (1375 Square Stroke) - Apply Retarder Medium 3/8" Oval Glaze or...

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