I have had a very busy few weeks. lots of travel and time away , so not much time in the shop, and little success when I was there.
So, when I did get home two days ago, I was happy to have a message regarding some wood I have been searching for.
I designed a jewelery cabinet for my wife, which I will eventually build, that I really wanted to use birds eye yellow cedar on the interior.
So, after one more long drive, and sorting through a back country barn, I arrived home with my long sought after birds eye burl.
Yellow cedar is fairly scarce, so the burls are hard to come by, couple that with a voracious woodturning community that thinks turning these pretty burls into piles of shavings and a bowl is art, and you get the idea why I have been wanting a useable yellow cedar burl for a few years.
My reason for wanting to cut veneer of this burl for a cabinet interior is for the scent. A pungent smell , reminiscent of pot, adds to the experience of a piece of hand crafted furniture. the birds eyes of the burl have more of the oil that gives the scent.
I also picked a different type of yellow cedar burl, called a horsetail burl, they do not have eyes, or concentrated scent, but interesting swirling tight grain patters. I’m sure I will find something to use them for.
So, now my excuse for not making the jewelery cabinet is gone, I need to get building.
-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.