I’ve been exploring the Southland for as long as I can remember. Walking around, driving around. Always observant. I’ve worn out cameras, in my lifetime. Yet, on a fairly regular basis, I come across things that make me scratch my head...
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Location: Whittier, CA
I'm a self-taught woodworker. I fancy myself an artist. Wood is the driving passion. I have a love for the material and the trees (sometimes not really trees). Podacarpus, for instance, is what the botanists call a "Shrub Tree". One was removed from my nextdoor neighbor's yard last year. I was awakened by chainsaws. (I have a Pavlovian Response to chainsaws). I got a mess of it and started turning it while it was still really wet. I wasn't too impressed with it then. But since, it has seasoned some, and has developed a very pleasing character and color.
Eucalyptus led the way in my journey for locally-sourced (read: free) wood. What an amazing species. Lots of that in my website.
At some point, I obtained some sticks of Chinese Elm. To this day, I don't recall where I picked it up, or where I can get some more. It's a very prolific city tree around here, so I guess I just need to get in touch with the various city/county arborists/foresters.
I have, from another neighbor's front yard some gorgeous Mulberry slabs and logs. If there's anyone here who can do better justice to it, has more patience than I in letting it season and would like to buy some, please contact me. I'll put some photos in the Gallery.
A Peach tree was removed around the block, and a Ficus a few blocks away. I haven't worked any of the Ficus yet - it's SOAKING WET - but the Peach is, well, a Peach. Wonderful color and figure. And hard as a rock, as fruit woods are wont to be.
Jacaranda and Myrtle are my latest additions. I've turned a few things from the Jacaranda, but not the Myrtle - scared of wasting it.
More about me. I work alone, in my garage, with some pretty rudimentary equipment. Like a nearly sixty-year-old Shopsmith. Drill press, Bandsaw, and Thickness Planer are all bench-top models. My two concessions to modernity are a Carvewright (down for sometime now), and a Sawstop.
To say that I'm self-taught is kind of a loose interpretation. What a gift to us all is the Internet. When I need to know how to do something, there's someone right there, 24/7, to help me out in a You Tube video. When My creative juices seem to be somewhat lacking, I turn to sites such sites as Lumberjocks, The Wood Whisperer, Fine Woodworking's Gallery, etc. I'm ever resigned to devoting several hours visiting individual websites those sites turn me on to.
If you've read this far, thank you. Markthewoodsmith also fancies himself a woRdsmith.
Ships are safe in harbor. But that's not what ships are for.
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