Pine root. Making use of a wasted material in a novel item.

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Blog entry by Sman posted 01-14-2012 09:38 AM 5767 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So around here there are numerous old stumps that look old and weathered, had one on the corner of my property so I cut it up for turning stock. It was very pitchy and sticky and def. not ideal wood for much. but after making a small dish from a nice swirly root clump I noticed the fine intricate grain and subtle orange translucence.

So I made several small lampshade prototypes. Pitch bled out of the wood with warmer bulbs obviously. But I am about to start a project involving making an awesome root sculpture. I will go out and collect these things, or buy them whichever is cheaper (people sell them as landscaping stumps).

Once I have enough to satisfy the rewards for donors as well as the main sculpture project I will mill it all up with my chainsaws, keeping the best looking ones for incorporation into my sculpture.

I’ve checked the price of LED lights which will be cool enough and bright enough to make some really awesome lamps. I’m hoping this will be unique and well received.

Here’s some pics of the prototypes.

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 02:54 PM

Quite an amazing look you have here. I can see these being well received. LED would definitely be the way to go. I would keep one of the prototypes on for a few weeks straight to see what effect long bulb use would have on the shades. These are really awesome. I especially like the 2nd lamp.


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#2 posted 01-14-2012 03:34 PM

Way to go ! I’ve been singing the praises of the translucence of heart pine for years. I recently commented on a members project using veneers bonded to plastic as shade material and suggested he try experimenting with thin band-saw sliced heart pine. Extremely pitchy pieces of HP flooring are often rejected by installers and millers for their tendency to gum up moulding head knives, plane, and saw blades. and these folks can be convinced to throw such pitchy pieces in piles, and if you are diligent and offer them a few bucks for their efforts, voila, you have developed a good source. I never had the opportunity to work with stump wood to turn out gorgeous pieces like the shade you demonstrated in the photo above. I didn’t have success in gluing segmented blanks for vessels, but that was in the days when Franklin glue Co. only offered hide glue and Titebond #1. I tried epoxys that were available in the 80’s and early 90’s but had mixed results. (they tended to be way too visible and hindered light transfer enough to make them a bad choice. After having several customers return segmented heart pine vessels where the pitch and glue made for a glueline failure, I went with pieces large enough to minimize glue ups . I would like to know what adhesive you used on your segmented shades shown above. (if you don’t mind sharing) I would like to use heart pine for it’s translucent qualities in some sculpture pieces I have in mind. I am going to try to find a photo of one of my earlier pieces where I feature heart pine flooring scraps and post it so others can see how much heart pine can add to a project ! Thanks for this terrific post, and sharing with us. I anxiously await your response about the adhesive you use. Thanks again , your North Florida friend , don s. “porchfish” @ porchfish studio. P.S. god bless whoever left the old pine stumps around for your use, Hereabouts, the Olin Chem. Co. (the folks who manufacture smokeless powder for the navy) buy them all up and have them shipped to their facility in St. Marks Florida.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 11:28 AM

Hey porchfish, i think i used titebond 2 or some cheap walmart wood glue. i guess i was lucky.

I just started a fund raising project to go out and harvest a bunch of these, kickstarter lets you fund raise and offer rewards for donations. check it out, rewards are crafted and shipped out if the funding goal is reached before the deadline.

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