A bit of a wood gloat

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 1227 days ago 1079 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t had much time to devote to shop projects for a couple weeks. Work and life still a little too chaotic for the moment. I did, however, have a bit of good fortune with an unexpected gift of wood. I had a childhood friend contact me on facebook and let me know that he had some “branches” he had pruned off of his Black Walnut tree and I could have what I wanted. Not one to turn down free wood, I investigated and found the branches were 3 12-15 foot sections that were about 7 inches in diameter at the widest point. A little better than the sticks I was expecting to see. I borrowed Mike’s (jockmike2) chainsaw and cut them up today. I have about 18 logs approximately 3 feet long all set and done. Diameters range from about 3-7 inches. Enough to keep me and Mike busy for a little while.

Mike and I do a bit of turning with the heartwood intact, so the thinner logs will make good cups and vases. The wider ones I can split for a few natural edged bowls. Nothing gigantic, but enough to make some decent pieces. No extreme weather changes here for a few days. I slabbed on some latex paint to coat the ends and will wrap them up with plastic and tarp them tomorrow. I know wax sealants and anchorseal are the preferred methods, but this should slow down any checking for now. I will give the gift giver first dibs on a piece or two for his house, give away some, and try to sell a few at a consignment shop. This gives me the wood to try and give that a go.

I like arrangements where two people feel the other did them a favor. I helped Ron (childhood friend) by cleaning up his yard and taking care of the wood he didn’t know what to do with, and I benefited greatly from the gift of free natural wood at a time when I would like to work more with natural edges.

Keep making sawdust all,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 1227 days ago

Nice haul : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 1227 days ago

You have done well there David, look forward to seeeing what you do with it. Enjoy your turning.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#3 posted 1227 days ago

not bad at all David :-) congrat´s on a freebee

take care

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David Craig

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#4 posted 1227 days ago

Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully I will have some projects to post before too long :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 1227 days ago

Did you do all this without an iPhone call or a Facebook contact. No tech… a techie?.......(-:

...........come on now, ‘fess up…............

I think that is a story of barter….....or how modern enterprise first started. Borrowed tool from a friend, to help another friend….......who had a byproduct… give to the first two friends.

...........yeh for community….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 1227 days ago

And everyone lived happily ever after…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 1227 days ago


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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