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Olive Box with Walnut Lid

2 1/2″ Olive box with Walnut Lid. It’s small! Perfect for keeping salt. I’m trying to prepare/build up my stock for Renegade Craft Fair so I’m not sure if I’m listing this to my etsy shop…


Japanese Magazine, Dopa!

I’m writing Woodworking/DIY related columns for a Japanese magazine called “Dopa!” for one year starting this month. In this issue, I’m talking about the college I’ve learned Woodworking. My parents used to subscribe educational magazines from the same publisher for me and my sister when we were in elementary school. … Continue reading


Roses 2015 Spring

Roses in front of our house have been so beautiful this year. I am excited to go outside every morning to see them. Handmade trellis was distracting so we ended up buying a metal trellis for Wild Fire roses. These are Black Magic roses. I cut one at a time … Continue reading


Stool with Danish Cord Seat

It’s my first attempt in making/weaving a stool with Danish cord seat. I researched, gave myself enough time to think about the process, and thought I prepared good, but just like everything else, I learned so much from letting my hands do the work. I still like to “prepare” things. … Continue reading


Cherry Wood Spoon

I started with this spoon and some more last year, then got busy turning bowls and other things, but I finally finished it. It’s available in my etsy shop. And more spoons to come!



Found out the name of this orange roses. It’s “Wildfire”. While Wildfire seems to have reached its peak, the rose bush right next to it, “Black Magic”, is busy making buds. Two are already blooming! Checking these roses has become my morning routine this spring, and I’m loving it.


Rustic Walnut Bowl with Tiny Foot

Rustic Walnut Bowl with Tiny Foot is available in my etsy shop. The picture below was taken fresh off the lathe (and posted it in my Instagram account here). I enjoy witnessing what oil can do to wood.


Apricot Burl Bowl

Burl and all the bug holes! I was a bit scared, but had fun turning this bowl. This decorative bowl is available in my etsy shop!


Rough Turned Avocado Bowls

This batch of Avocado bowls are black! I’m trying something new this time; leaving natural edge on the side of the bowls. But what I picture them in my head only happens if they dry nicely. I’ll see. These colors of the shavings remind me of vegi chips.


DIY Concrete Steps

I am very excited about finishing the concrete steps to the garden gate. And we probably won’t try to mess with concrete again. It’s the hardest thing. Hopefully ground-cover plants will cover the ugly edges of these steps by next Spring. …It looks like I did a little bit better … Continue reading


Vintage Kilim Rug as Tapestry

Hung this vintage kilim rug on the wall as a tapestry. Kanji calliography (by my mom) and Japanese art used to be on the wall above, now found home right next to the sconce light.


Chainsaw Stand

Got tired of asking others for chainsaw, so I finally bought one and built this smart chainsaw stand. I used plywood instead of MDF and made it just a little bit wider. It cost me about $40, and it works beautifully.


Vintage Flower Art Stamps

I went post office to mail some of my wooden items to customers earlier this week and noticed these limited-edition vintage flower stamps. A clerk told me they were for Valentine’s day, which was two weeks ago, but I still bought them. They are so pretty for mailing everything. I … Continue reading


Buckeye Bowl #2

I love how dramatic this bowl looks; the yellow part of grains looks almost like flames in night sky. It’s available at my etsy shop.


Apricot Bowl #2

This bowl is cut from the same Apricot tree stump I made Apricot Bowl #1 of. I’m sending this one to the family who gave me the tree so it’s not available for purchase, but I still wanted to record it so here are the photos.


Roughing Out Walnut Bowls

I’ve been a turning animal the past couple of weeks. That’s because I bought a bit too much wood and my garage shop is turning into a jungle of tree stumps. The bowls you see are all made of Walnut. They are still damp so I’m roughing them out. The … Continue reading


Apricot Bowl

4″ wide 3″ high bowl cut from a root stump of an Apricot tree. I was so excited to receive this tree stump, then I was saddened when I saw so many cracks. But it’s so beautiful that I am determined to spend time filling cracks with epoxy to save … Continue reading


Finished Floor!

Finally I made the transitional pieces for the step in the photo of our Living/Dining space. House projects can go forever and frustrating at times, but the sense of accomplishment is priceless.


A little bit of wall decorating I did for our youngest’s bedroom.


Azuki Cookies

These are Red Bean Jam cookies. My sister discovered the recipe. It’s so good, I made them four times in two weeks. In case you don’t read Japanese, here’s the recipe: 1 stick of unsalted butter, 10g of sugar, 20g of condensed milk, 60g of red bean jam (or your … Continue reading


Sunset at San Jacinto Peak in Idyllwild

One of my teachers at Woodworking department in Palomar College sent me this photo. He took it on the way back from San Jacinto Peak. It’s so beautiful that I want to start training myself so I can hike up there one day and see this with my own eyes.


Pendant Light in Entrance

Installed the pendant light I made with Ash and Walnut. I’m not sure about the cheap gold canopy that came with the light fixture kit, but at least the hole on the ceiling is covered after three years.

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