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Review Wooden storage from Albert Nikolaev

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by grasshopper, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. grasshopper A Fixture

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    Albert lives in Northern Russia, and makes the most amazing bases and other wooden pieces. For me he has design and built a tool storage piece, and a rack of oil paint tubes. Based only on my sketch, a photo of a plastic test tube rack..his work is not only beautiful and functional but solid, well designed and crafted..and while maybe an indulgence, his prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend him to anyone thinking of wooden items..he sells via his FB page...a pure delight..I won’t be a better artist for these, but simply sitting at my desk is the more pleasurable. I am going to get more ....full value ..
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  2. Ronaldo A Fixture

    Got to think ,as nice as it is it will never work for oil paint tubes ; as once opened they leak especially if you turn them upside down .
    no matter how you try the tubes develop a crust round the cap with oil leaking out like the sump on a landrover. or an old British BSA motorbike .
  3. grasshopper A Fixture

    Actually it’s an idea that is used by Natural Pigments .Rublev ...and the owners moderate a FB group called Best Painting Practices..the concept being to better disperse the oils whilst tubes are left and not to have the tubes rattling around in a box..I’ve used the test tube version for some time and works a charm..with the tiny quantities used and some care to avoid stripping the lid threads, it works. I was equally a cynic but tried and it’s no leaky bike, tiger tank..

    But you miss the point in crapping all over it..Albert designed it as I asked and did it wonderfully. He makes good stuff..it’s was not intended as a review of the functionality, rather of his skill and service.
  4. Nap Moderator

    They certainly do look very classy on the desk there

    Very much a one off and they look almost too good for modelling uses but as you say Albert designed to your wishes and very professionally done as well ....

    The main thing is that they suit your requirements

    I like the set of drawers

    What's the wood

  5. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    They look very nice and he is obviously a skilled craftsman-thanks for passing on the link.

  6. Ronaldo A Fixture

    I didn't crap all over it I pointed out my 40 years experience with oil paint tubes. "Got to think ,as nice as it is "
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  7. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hey guys don't fight...........The wooden box is functional and does the job it was intended to do. I'm also an oil painter and the tubes sometimes leak from the top and also the bottom, it is just something to keep your eye out for and take appropriate action when and if it happens. I have a purpose built rack that was made for me by Jon at Sphere Products which holds the tubes by the neck, to avoid leakage from the top I am pretty meticulous about cleaning around the cap when I use a colour. I'll post a picture of it later.

    Nothing is perfect.....Keith
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  8. Nap Moderator

    Cheers Keith ...beat me to it !

    Good comments

    I have only water soluable oils and they sometimes leak !

    We all have different ways of keeping paints no matter what types

  9. yellowcat A Fixture

    That wooden storage is very nice. I have been storing my oil paint in an art tote tackle box since my art school days in the late seventies. Do ever works for you.


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  10. Babelfish A Fixture

    A bit too "traditional" in style for my taste but each to their own, and if it works for you that's all that really matters. Looks sturdy enough and well made anyway.

    - Steve
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  11. taliesin2013 Active Member

    Hello to all, personally I use the ceramic case of mustard, for single use, putting a label (example: oil brushes, acrylic, etc.). Certainly an idea like this does a lot of furniture.
  12. megroot A Fixture

    I like them.

  13. Len K. Well-Known Member

    I got this from a woman in the UK it was made by her husband's friend back in the 50s. It works well for me and has a nice little history.

  14. chailey Active Member

    I remember now why I gave up with the oils... the countless hours cleaning "Alazarin Ctimson" from my hands, table, dog, other paint tubes etc.
    I would use a white ceramic tile for colour mixing and invariably stuck my elbow in it sometime during the painting session!
    (The box looks pretty classy non-the-less).
  15. Len K. Well-Known Member

    I love oils and have found a pretty good system for using them. I kept spilling bottles of enamels.

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