While I was in Portland I got to see the master class graduation at the Northwest School of Woodworking and all the beautiful work they had created. I had time to see Portland a bit and got to go to the famous Powell’s bookstore. I went to an apple festival in Estacada where I got to make my own apple cider.
While there I was able to watch some carvers working on a large tree stump that was to become a totem of a kind and some little kids trying out some old woodworking.
I saw an old stitching horse that was quite like a shave horse and used to work on livestock tack.
I walked away with a fresh baked apple pie and two gallons of apple cider, but my best score of the day by far was when I visited the honey merchant and saw that he had raw beeswax blocks behind the stand. I ended up with a massive eight pounder that should last me a few years. I have been making my own beeswax linseed oil finish and this was a nice score for me.
Just shows you that you should always keep your eyes open as you never know when you might find a good addition to your woodshop.
2 cups of boiled linseed oil warmed in a pot until warm. Then I add about two cups of shredded beeswax and stir until mixed. Remove from the heat and add 1-1.5 cups of mineral spirits and pour into large mason jars or container of your choice. Seal once cooled and it will give you months of oil wax finish to finish off your projects. Shake the jar from time to time to keep the mix form setting up.
-- Brian Noel