Tracy J Thomas

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Paintings in progress. #artistsoninstagram #artislife #makersgonnamake #arttherapy #healingart #coldwax

My most recent pour. #makersgonnamake #artislife #acrylicpour #fluidart #abstractart

I pushed the color palette with this pour. In the right light the copper shimmers and pops. ##makersgonnamake #artislife #acrylicpour #fluidart

Controlled Chaos. The other night I could not sleep. My mind was all over the place running races with itself, so I got up to paint. This started as a pour then I ended up swiping and getting a bit crazy with my spatula. Was not sure I was going to like it but I do. It looks like my mind felt the night I painted it. #makersgonnamake #artislife #creative #art #abstract #fluidart #acrylicpour

So I figured out what to do with some of that Paper Birch bark I have hanging around my studio. An encaustic-inspired mixed media piece - in progress. #makersgonnamake #artislife #mixedmedia #encausticinspiration

It’s another painting kind of day... #artislife #makersgonnamake #acrylicpainting #artistsoninstagram #coldwax

Laying down some cold wax and oils on this chilly day. Thinking about Spring. #makersgonnamake #artislife #artistsoninstagram #coldwax #healingart

Laying down some layers. #makersgonnamake #artislife #artistsoninstagram #acrylicpainting

It’s one of those I-can’t

My Secret Garden

In addition to turning wood, I have been doing a lot of painting lately. The process of painting is also a very meditative and healing experience for …


Rikon 8 Inch Professional Low Speed Bench Grinder Tool Video

The Best Woodworking Etsy Shops To Follow

These shops go against the grain.<p>Whether you live in the mountains, a small town or a city, there’s something almost romantically alluring about handmade, well-crafted wooden decor.<p>Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to find a woodworker or carpenter locally from whom you can snag the unique, …


How to Woodturn a Sphere

Woodturning Turned Lidded Box

DIY Dust Collector System with Homemade Blast Gates and Automatic Start/Stop Function

Hand Turned Big Leaf Maple Burl Wood Bowl - Wooden Bowl - Decorative Bowl

Description<p>I hand turned this one of a kind decorative wood bowl from a piece of Big Leaf Maple burl. It has incredible color and figuring and was harvested from a fallen tree in the Pacific Northwest.<p>The dimensions of the bowl are 4.75" circumference by 3.00" in height. The bowl has a protective …

How To Cut Perfect Miters

Hand Turned Curly Maple Wood Bowl with a Turquoise, Chrysocolla, and German Silver Glass Inlay - Small Bowl - Decorative Bowl

Description<p>I hand turned this decorative bowl from a piece of Curly Maple. I added a crushed turquoise, chrysocolla, and German silver glass inlay to the rim.<p>This bowl measures 2.75" in height, 3.75" diameter, and 1.5" deep. This piece of wood has beautiful figuring and color. It is finished in a …

Focus on Turning Design by Working From Larger Logs

My turning ability is bound by my lathe – it has a maximum diameter capacity of 16”. That means all my accessory tools, such as my hollowing system …


Wipe, Brush or Spray: Pros and Cons of Finishing Tools

Here’s a question that comes up often. What is the best way to apply a stain or finish? To begin with, all stains and finishes can be applied with …

Turning Socket Chisel Handles for Lie-Nielsen and Stanley Sweetheart Chisels

Editor’s note: I am resurfacing this article from American Woodworker because I am in the process of turning new handles for my Lie-Nielson and …


Carving Out a Pumpkin Pine Finish

We experimented to find the perfect recipe for this most-requested finish for pine – and it’s as easy as pie. by Glen D. Huey from the Autumn 2007 …


Profitable Subpar Work – A Strategy for Selling at a Farmers Market

Most of my income comes from weekend art/farmers markets where I sell mainly turned work (bowls). I’ve learned that you need to have a bell curve of …


Check out this story by Tracy J Thomas on @stellerstories

In the midst of all the hate-filled rhetoric that has permeated our country I have decided to focus on peace and goodwill. I am finding my Zen in …

Check out this story by Tracy J Thomas on @stellerstories

Trees have always represented pillars of strength for me. They have weathered many storms over time and still continue to grow despite the odds that …

"Please remove the IV catheter now. Pretty please..." Tomorrow is her halfway point with radiation treatment #8. There are already signs that the tumor is shrinking. What a trooper! #dogsofinstagram #dogs #cancersucks