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Beyond Punky #2: Finishing the rotten wood

819 days ago by PASs | 1 comment »

So I finished turning the bud vase, actually I made two, and began to consider how to finish them.I knew the rotten wood is like a sponge.I’ve worked some punky wood, and just like end grain it’s always ready to suck the finish right out of the jar.In regular wood I usually put some 2 pound shellac on and the buff it off with the Beall system.I didn’t want to hit this with the polishing wheel as I was pretty sure it would disintegrate.I’ve been researching different ep...

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Beyond Punky #1: Background

843 days ago by PASs | 1 comment »

I have always been interested in punky wood, the discoloration and lines caused by the decomposition of the wood makes it much more interesting to me. And since I do a lot of work with repurposed wood, including firewood, it is part of what I get for raw materials anyway. So when we converted our wood-burning fireplace to a gas insert (that’s another story entirely) I figured I had a whole pile of future punky wood. That was two years ago. Unfortunately, it looks like that is a ye...

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found wood #10: Full, fallen Jacaranda mimosifolia tree - wish me luck!

1859 days ago by Gary Fixler | 12 comments »

I take different routes on my daily commutes to see if any limbs or trees have come down. Today, taking a road I never take, I hit the jackpot – a full, large, old Jacaranda tree with fungus rot through its base fell over on its own this morning, on a windless, quake-free day, narrowly missing a pedestrian. I knocked on the door and a nice lady answered, holding back her dog. We talked for a half hour, but she had an endless stream of concerns, all of which I tried to answer: ...

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