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Blog entry by Gene Howe posted 400 days ago 993 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While in WY last summer (2012) I was given a couple lengths of Large Sage Brush (Artemisia tridentata). It was way to small, about 5” dia, at it’s largest, and way too twisted, to cut into planks. So, after stripping it of it’s hairy bark, I sliced rounds or “oysters” from the larger dia. pieces.
The picture shows a 24” length of 6” wide group of oysters glued to a plywood substrate and bordered with mesquite. Eventually, the length will be cut into pieces for a small box with a lid and bottom of mesquite.
But first, the oysters will be leveled with a router plane in a sled. Then, the voids will be filled with turquoise and epoxy.

More later.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton



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freidasdad

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#1 posted 400 days ago

that sounds like a beautiful box and extremely imaginative…keep us posted…I’m looking foreward to the build and the end result…

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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Napaman

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#2 posted 400 days ago

this is really cool Gene! WHat a good idea for small piece of wood…

What if you kept the long piece IN-tact…and just used it for the box top? It might make a SUPER nice wine-bottle box…or something long and narrow…

Just a thought…cant wait to see more…when you are done…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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boxcarmarty

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#3 posted 400 days ago

Sweet, Watching and waiting…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 399 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys!
Matt, Cleaning that stuff is one really nasty job. With so many crooks, curves and twists, getting even one flat side would be nigh on to impossible. I did think about it, though. The mesquite will be pretty, I think.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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DamnYankee

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#5 posted 399 days ago

Very cool idea. Will have to keep that in the “to do” bank.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 399 days ago

A very interesting concept. Anxiously awaiting the infilling with the turquoise!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 399 days ago

That took a special mind to concieve those oysters from that weed stalk! Can’t wait to see the end result.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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boxcarmarty

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#8 posted 399 days ago

Andy, Some call it special, others call it… well, let’s just call it special :-)

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Gene Howe

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#9 posted 399 days ago

Randy & Andy,
Pure boredom and lots of scrap can result in some interesting stuff.
Took most of yesterday to build a one time (maybe) use sled for the router. Crossing my fingers that the oysters don’t blow out. I suspicioned that the planer was a no go but, I tried it anyway. One oyster promptly left it’s spot and pieces of it hit the wall. Suspicions confirmed!

DY,
RE: your To Do Bank. See above.

Marty,
WATCH IT! I know where you live.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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boxcarmarty

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#10 posted 399 days ago

Sounds great Gene. You bring the oysters and I’ll mix up some hot sauce…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 399 days ago

Now, that’s a plan, Marty.
We are headed to Pigeon Forge in July. (If it’s still there)
Rout 40 is the most direct route. Meet ya in Little Rock? Nashville?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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shipwright

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#12 posted 399 days ago

Looks like a fun time Gene.
Will you mostly fill with something cheap before going to the turquoise?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 398 days ago

You betcha, Paul. I’ll use straight epoxy….though that ain’t cheap. But, cheaper than turquoise.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 398 days ago

Gene- I studied on this some and wonder how it would look with black epoxy instead of the turquoise? I think the turquoise will detract from the “oysters”. Just a thought.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 398 days ago

really unique wood and idea Gene

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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