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End Grain Floor #21: Sea Gulls

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 12-05-2012 03:03 PM 2384 reads 0 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been so long since my last blog and I want to thank all of you for your patience! Life has a way of getting in the way of our plans. There is that saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” Well I was planning on getting to the Sea Gulls much sooner than this but…well you know.

So I have finally started. I think I have already told you there will be three; all at different sizes, representing different heights. This will hopefully give the viewer the illusion that they are thousands of miles up, overlooking the map.

I roamed the internet for hours looking for the perfect match (I am not very good at drawing from memory anymore) Finally, I was able to find something close to what I wanted! I printed it!

The First Sea Gull

Traced out the lines I wanted!

First Pattern

Flipped it in the direction I wanted it to go!

Corrected

And resized it on rapidresizer.com

On the Table

The first eagle has a rough wing span of 45in and will be flying over the Land of Celestial Thoughts.

Location

I am using American Holly, Sunset Wood, Osage Orange, Gabon Ebony, Katalox, and several shade of gray composite decking to compose each Sea Gull.

The Make Up

The beak is Sunset Wood and Osage Orange.

The Beak

The shadow is naturally blued American Holly.

The Shadow

And of course the head is pure white American Holly. The eye is Gabon Ebony.

Amazing

Now, remember how I said Life can get in the way?...Well here goes!

As I planned on continuing the rest of the Sea Gull last week, we had a major wind and rain storm that has still yet to leave our area. Pressure systems are a big trigger for my headaches and vertigo so that was not helpful, but honestly I have learned deal with that.

I went out to the shop a few days ago to do some work when I was feeling steady, and my Heart hit the floor!

My Heart Sank

Needless to say I scrambled to get some buckets or WHATEVER was handy under the leak!

The Leak

However, it had been going for quite a while because several of the tiles were so swollen that the expansion gap was completely gone!

Expansion

Tight

So with the leak temporarily contained, the roof becomes a priority!

I Pray It Doesn't Grow

I am not sure what I am going to do yet, but I will let you know. Thanks again to all of you for all of your patience, your kind comments and all of your encouragement throughout this process.

More to follow….

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate



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#1 posted 12-05-2012 03:24 PM

Hope you’re feelng better and up to dealing with mother nature. My wife gets Migraine head aches from weather system changes…It sucks!

So do weather problems, and maintenance. LOL!

Good Luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 03:27 PM

I agree. Roof first – then floor! Sometimes projects take a long time, but they are still fun!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 03:28 PM

Nate, you’re awesome dude! Keep charging. Love you ideas, your passion, your work!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#4 posted 12-05-2012 03:35 PM

Nate,

So sorry for your troubles.
Life is not the way it’s supposed to be.. It’s the way it is..
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference.

You have delt with many of life’s curve balls and they seem to have made you a stronger person for having dealt with them and emerged the victor.

...and now this… I expect that the old adage “into every life a little rain must fall” has already come to mind for you, and this too, you will take in stride.
You are a piller of strength and an example of patience and fortitude to me.

May God Bless you in your efforts to live life to it’s fullest in the midst of your trials and tribulations.

Best Regards. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 12-05-2012 04:07 PM

Sorry to hear of the assorted problems that seem to have been plaguing you Nate, but I’m with Len. You are an inspiration to many in the way you respond to them.

The seagull looks great and I love the concept of using different sizes to give perspective and the illusion of a view from on high.
Have you ever tried a tracing program like Inkscape? I used to hand trace but have switched over to it partially because I can print it at any size with a very fine line and partly because of the detail I can get. It works better for me than a lightbox even though I’ve used lightboxes for years.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other Nate, You will get there. I have faith in you.

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

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#6 posted 12-05-2012 04:13 PM

yea my heart sunk also when i saw the picture, but as len has said, your a much stronger person then you know, and we all have faith in you , you will tackle this in the way it needs to be handled and it will look good, you have worked hard on this, really hard, its way more then what i could have done, your patience is amazing…good luck with the roof…we will be here for when you post again..wish i could help…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 12-05-2012 04:24 PM

Doc,

Thanks for the encouragement! Sorry to hear your wife gets the migraines too. To those who have never had one, be so very thankful, it is like a tens of thousands of fiery yet beyond frozen needless stabbing the head, all while a vise is squeezing the very thoughts and spark out of your brain. So far, I have had nothing like it, I would rather have kidney stones that migraines, and I have had those too:).

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#8 posted 12-05-2012 04:25 PM

sras,

Thanks, I definitely have to protect the shop for sure.

I like your tag line…”Impatience can be expensive!” I wonder how many times I have learned that one? :)

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#9 posted 12-05-2012 04:26 PM

Charles,

Thanks for the uplifting comments. That really goes a long way, seriously!!!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#10 posted 12-05-2012 04:30 PM

Len,

You have a way with words. The are very powerful and have moved my heart in a very profound way. Quite often we go through life not even thinking about how our action look to others, affect others. I am greatly humbled by your complements. Thank you so much for your encouragement. You have really moved and touched me.

I hadn’t thought of that phrase “into every life, a little rain must fall” but I really like it. Thank you!

Please know that you are a source of great encouragement back to me!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 12-05-2012 04:34 PM

Paul,

Thank you for your encouragement as well! Your work continues to awe and inspire me! I really look up to your creative eye!

I have not tried Inkscrape. I absolutely am interested though. I have thought about a program but I just did not know were to start. Rapidresizer is nice but the lines are very fuzzy so I have to retrace them with a fine pen once I print again. Inkscape sounds like just the thing I have been looking for. Thank you so much for the direction!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#12 posted 12-05-2012 04:37 PM

My good friend Bob,

Thank you so much for your encouragement here and in your emails! You have been a constant source and pillar of strength and encouragement. No need for you to be here, you have done so much already! Thank you so very much!!!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#13 posted 12-05-2012 04:46 PM

Hi Nate,
Years ago I had a house with hardwood flooring in the basement. Well, in Seattle it will rain, and the foot drains will clog. So the water will enter the basement. And the wood will swell.
I walked into the basement room and saw that the floor had a 4 foot hump in the middle!! I was sure that it was ruined.
After a couple of days I noticed that the hump was less, about 3 feet. So I added some fans and after about a week it was nearly flat … added a couple of space heaters and the floor laid back down.
After your floor dries out the expansion joints will appear again … Arent you glad that you put them in and that they worked as designed??

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#14 posted 12-05-2012 05:43 PM

Nate,
Glad to see you posting your floor progress again, I always enjoying seeing your craftsmanship at work. That is a bummer about the roof, but better now than when you were completely finished, or even worse, away from the house for a week.

Hope you get to feeling better,

crashn

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#15 posted 12-05-2012 06:48 PM

glad you are back at it nate

like grumpy said
let it dry good
and see whats happening then

oh and fix the roof too

funny how we all have different needs
i collect my rain water (it is all there is here)
and pray for rain and snow
i haven’t had to buy any for almost 3 years now

can’t wait to see this floor
the way you see it
i know we will all be amazed

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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