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Evolution of a stump: From natures sculpture to mine. #3: Turquoise and Copper inlays

470 days ago by junipercanyon | 6 comments »

Progress on the stump is going well. For the past week, every evening rather than working out in the cold shop, I have had a comfortable seat on the couch inlaying turquoise and copper. At first I only planned on doing a few inlays, but as the cold weather continued, so did my inlays. This project should be pretty awesome when I’m all done!! My uncle made me a really handy stone crushing tool that takes the mess out of smashing up turquoise into small pieces and dust. ...

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Evolution of a stump: From natures sculpture to mine. #2: Sanding, burning, more sanding.....and more sanding!!

477 days ago by junipercanyon | 11 comments »

Working through the grits of sandpaper is important. I feel like I could utilize some advantage if I included a couple more “in between grits” from my typical strategy, but sandpaper costs a lot!!! I started this piece with my chainsaw, roughing out the size and shape, cutting a “flat” top and bottom….then moving to my angle grinder with my favorite shaping tool attached, the Holey Galahad carbide disk. After the shaping is mostly complete, I move on to the o...

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Evolution of a stump: From natures sculpture to mine. #1: From Tree to stump

479 days ago by junipercanyon | 6 comments »

My uncle was needing to expand his horse pasture, and thankfully I just happened to be there the day he was going to push this old tree down with a tractor and throw it in a slash pile. Just an ugly old rotten tree to him, but I saw it different. “HOLD ON Uncle Joe, let me get my chainsaw and take this tree out for you.” “What are you going to do with that”? he says…..well, just wait and see. A couple of hours later, using a chainsaw and...

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Juniper "Ribbon" table #3: More rough shaping progress

573 days ago by junipercanyon | 6 comments »

Lots of grinding done,.....lots of grinding to go!!

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Juniper "Ribbon" table #2: Progress photos

576 days ago by junipercanyon | 4 comments »

Here is what I got done last night. The top is very close to done being sculpted down into the base, and the “ribbon” sculpting is looking pretty cool. Its a pretty stable table already, not much more to do for leveling it all out. So far I’m pretty happy with it.

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Juniper "Ribbon" table #1: Rough shape...from limb to art!

577 days ago by junipercanyon | 7 comments »

I say this with every project, and I’ll say it again with this one….this is my favorite!! This table is going to stretch my sculpting skills to new limits. I am going to try sculpt the top of this table down into the base limb so that it will provide good support, and also sculpt the limb into a twisted “ribbon” shape. These photos show the rough idea of how the pieces will sit with each other, and the start of sculpting the “ribbon” base limb. The top will...

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Sculpted Juniper picnic table #6: Last pics before its a finished project!!

594 days ago by junipercanyon | 5 comments »

Well, its all together and ALMOST finished…..I ran out of teak oil before I could step back and say “DONE”, and all the stores were closed by this time. I’ll have to finish it up tonight. This will be the final blog before I post this as a project. Overall, I’m very happy with it, and have gotten very positive comments on the design. I rushed the final assembly more than my usual critical eye would allow, (which means I cut corners on finish sanding ALL surfaces...

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Planed juniper cut offs #1: Attn. Box makers or small board projects????

604 days ago by junipercanyon | 3 comments »

I will have quite a bit of cut off scraps from some nice juniper lumber. It has been dry for about 14yrs. They are planed to about 5/8” thick, and will be anywhere from 6” to 20” long. I was thinking about bundling up packages of and selling them to interested lumberjocks. If interested, please send me a message with ANY reasonable offer that would be worth taking the time to package and ship these out to you. I just cant bring myself to throw the scraps away knowing they co...

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Sculpted Juniper picnic table #5: Almost done!!

604 days ago by junipercanyon | 9 comments »

This project is really finishing nicely. I just need to mill out boards for the benches, and add some center supports to flatten out the top a little better. Very happy with it so far. I started finishing it with Teak oil, but I don’t like the yellowing affect it has on the juniper….any suggestions on what would be a good outdoor finish?

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Sculpted Juniper picnic table #4: Frame assembly

622 days ago by junipercanyon | 4 comments »

I was struggling with how I wanted to build the frame for this table when it occurred to me that I had a whole pile of cut offs that are left over from the outside of the logs after milling out boards. Perfect!! I have a flat side to work with for joining the frame together which simplifies trying to scribe logs together, and it cut the work of harvesting more logs or cutting more boards. Always nice when you can find a use for scraps!!

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