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This is to show Frank "My Turtle" Revised 2/11/2007

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Blog entry by Karson posted 2622 days ago 736 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Frank: since you seem to be the wood guru for seeing into the inner working of wood and the mind, I thought I’d show you “My Turtle”. I was at the sawmill and the owner was cleaning up prior to selling the mill and he told me to take “His Turtle”. I did, so It is now “My Turtle”

The workbench he is sitting on is about 24” inches wide, he is about 12” high, 24” long.

He spends the day sitting by the door to my workshop, welcoming me in and seeing me out at night. I’ve never had to clean up after him except to brush the sawdust, spider webs and misc leaves that get caught in the inner folds of his skin.

An additional picture is further down the posts.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2622 days ago

Looks like he would make some nice turtle slabs.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 2622 days ago

cool, you figured out how to do the photos!! Great turtle, now you just need a long white beard! You “Frank-ite.”

Believe it or not, I saved a couple of pieces of firewood just last night, since I too have become a “Frank-ite”. Now I will be making these unique pieces into sculpture at some point in the near future.

I can’t seem to look at any ugly hunk of wood now without Frank’s thoughts making me consider what I missed at first look. Last week I was cutting up a stick for the wood stove kindling, and hiding in the end grain was a “smiley face” in the grain, really. I cut the face into a disk, sanded and finished it, drilled a hole in the back and it is hanging on a nail on my shop wall now.

I tried to make several more disks from the stick, but there was only one place it worked, the other disks didn’t have a face. Had I randomly cut that stick anywhere else in it’s length on the first pass, it would have all gone in the fire, missing the smiley face for ever. I know, this is getting ridiculous, but just blame FRANK!

Way to go Frank, and Karson,
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2622 days ago

hahaa “random” you say?? I think not!!! The Spirit of the Wood spoke and you listened…
Pretty darned cool.

And that turtle is amazing. You should “build” a rock or an old log for him to sun himself on.

- Debbe, “Frank- wannabee”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#4 posted 2622 days ago

I did that to another burl Dennis, that was bigger than “My Turtle” and have made some nice pens out of it.

So until that one is gone “My Turtle” is safe from turtle soup.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 2622 days ago

Karson.
Did you ever have anyone identify the type, or species of turtle he is ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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frank

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#6 posted 2622 days ago

Hello Karson;
—-wow!

What an awesome turtle you have there and all the way from “His Turtle” to “My Turtle”, and the size is certainly not shabby either. I’m really impressed by this, just goes to re-mind me that I’m not the only one around who sees these creatures in the woods. Some folks go for ‘pet rocks’ while us woodworkers love our turtles and other forms of creatures in the wood.

Once again thanks for showing and posting ”My Turtle”.
GODSPEED.
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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Karson

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#7 posted 2622 days ago

Dick: There is not much bark (or moss) on his back and I’ve not taken an plane to touch-up his belly. But I’ve found that the grain structures of lumber doesn’t necessarly move over into burls.

But to answer your question. NO!

I would guess one of the Oak species, but I’ve nothing to base that upon. The other burl that I’ve got that I done some cutting on is White Oak (I believe). It has no reddish tints to the wood.

A cherry burl that I cut was cherry color.

I might lightly tickel his tummy and see if anything falls off.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scottb

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#8 posted 2622 days ago

Karson, just be careful you don’t accidentally find out how old he is!

Mark, way to go with the smiley face. You’ll surely treasure that find… will bring a smile for years and years. I was outside looking at the firewood, to see if I needed to “save” any pieces before my father-in-law piled up another load on top of it. (gonna check out that haul in the morning) Prob 75%+ oak, but could have some nice size pieces of cherry in it.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Karson

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#9 posted 2621 days ago

I have taken a motorized abrasive device to lightly clean off a few years of grime and some of the scratches where he might have climbed across a moving chain saw blade. So in a more detailed look it seems that he is of the species of “Juglans Nigra” or common name of Black Walnut. A picture of his tummy shows like this

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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David

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#10 posted 2621 days ago

Karson – This is a very nice string of comments! I like your Turtle. I also like honoring the spirit in the wood we all work and enjoy. I also think it very apppropriate to reference Frank in these comments!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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