Early this morning the lights flickered to life in the shop revealing that deadly silence of a blank page. Much like a writer with a clean sheet of paper in the type writer (they still use those right?) or an artist with a blank canvass. I sat and stared at the blank sheet of paper I had lain out representing the door to be made. All too many undrawn lines lay waiting for me to choose just the right one knowing the wrong one would spell disaster. Well I guess just like making an omelet, a...
Once the tree had been halved, it was time to get it loaded and transported back to the shed where it can begin the drying process….all 18 months of it!! Being a big lug of wood, it wasn’t going to be as easy as lifting it onto the tractor and driving away. So a bit of thinking out side of the box was needed. We have a tripod frame and hand winch that we use on the farm to hoist up cattle that have gone lame from either calving or illness. The winch along with some well placed ...
I have enjoyed my new bandsaw greatly. It was a great addition and there will be many more project coming off of it. This time I am making a small Christmas Tree Puzzle that is 2 levels high. The materials cost is extremely low because you can use a scrap 2×4. This project can get the kids involved or you can hog all the building fun for yourself. The approximate size of the the is 6″x3″x 1 1/2″. After a little paint it can go to the kids to give them some fun times. Click here for the vid...
The Ghost Burl. This story was told to me by a fellow female worker that a super large burl existed on a dirt road near my house. I had never seen it, and had traveled that road many times. She stated that it is called the “Ghost Burl” because you only see it once and can never see it again. Well some time went after that and one day in the fall when the leaves were falling down, bam! There it was, about 50 yards down from the road, and huge. I took these pic...
Celtic Tree of Life Knotwork – Intarsia Woodworking There is no beginning and there is no end. The roots and the branches of the Celtic Tree of Life Knotwork intertwine and become one. This Celtic knotwork design symbolizes timelessness of nature and creates balance and harmony. The lines in this project never end. I have not given Celtic knotwork much thought in the past when it comes to creating Intarsia pieces until I was asked to do the Celtic Love knotwork project a while ba...
If you have never considered making friends with the local tree service companies in your area, you should! It is a great resource for getting wood free or very cheap. I have tree services call me whenever they have a tree I may be interested in.. I tell the the 3 C’s Cherry, Cedar, Cypress.. along with Red and White Oak and anything else I may be interested in.. Well I had one of those services call me about a Pecan Tree…. I wasn’t about to turn that Down…Here is a lo...
OK, maybe all of my wood-tec type friends out on LJ,s can help me figure this out. I’ve allways been fascinated with the dynamics of curing and drying wood after the harvesting process. One to overcome is of cource the growth vortex that occures in some species and not in others. One question I have is this, Is there a right-hand vortex that occures above the equator as opposed to a left hand one bellow the equator? When a tree wiggles and struggles up out of the grownd, It also “...
The boyz at the rifle range have been concerned about a tree above the back stop falling down and damaging the high power target carriers and roof. Its roots have been emerging from the hill for years. We have some awesome wind storms at times. One of these days, the wind and erosion will drop it. If they don’t the continuing weight of growing branches on the south side will bring it down with a substantial landslide as well. Growing in that position, well over 3/4 of the weight wa...
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