Building and Woodwork

Building and woodwork projects by artist Avril E Jean

April 18, 2022

No one holds an umbrella like that, Paton’s knitting book photographer

I got bored, stopped drawing, then cycled around and picked it up again.
May 22, 2019

Bathroom construction, part one

I have talked about destroying the bathroom to renovate it. It turns out the construction phase is longer as I’m relying on tradies to come and […]
May 22, 2019

Bathroom destruction

I moved into this house in 2001 and have had a love/hate relationship with the bathroom since then. The size is good. It has a skylight […]
April 8, 2019

Regretting my life choices: the shed edition

It has become a bit of a joke in the social group about how many sheds I have – but really it’s been series of attempts […]
March 2, 2019

Cutlery box rescue

A scratched, cheap cutlery box from a second hand shop was restored to former glory with a minimum of work and now houses my brooch and dress clip collection.
January 6, 2017

The replacement of stormwater-pipe-shaped-objects with functional stormwater pipes

Last season was a very rainy year in Melbourne. So rainy that our laundry drain (which used to be the outdoor stormwater drain), became flooded. We […]
January 6, 2017

Cat Skyrail is GO!

So in my last post about the drain pipe saga, I mentioned that I had to remove a bit of cat run. It was a terrible […]
February 21, 2016

Drumming shed

I’ve spent most of my weekends this summer working on soundproofing a shed in order that the african drummer has somewhere to go to a)store his […]
June 26, 2014


This is a practical post rather than an art post. But I’m all excited. We just got the roof replaced. This was the last massive thing […]