"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #52: Three Acts of Working the Wood

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Blog entry by frank posted 08-03-2009 08:24 AM 1337 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Three Acts of Working the Wood

….three acts of working the wood that have be-spelled me,
one is the art of hand-cutting wood joinery,
two is the collection and using of old weathered wood,
three is the beauty of creating pieces of ‘wood art’




—-by flp


And so while out in the barn today, I started getting a bit mind fried at cutting some wood joints, so I decided to take a break and practice some meditation. Gathered three boards that I had collected last week, brewed up some ‘pu-erh’ tea and lost my-self in wonderment of what was before me. Next I shifted gears to a piece of wood (poplar) that has been drying out for some time and that was when I decided it was time to create. Hand sanded this last one with #80 and #150 sandpaper and then applied a coat of tung oil to get the grain to pop.

These are the acts of wood-working that hold a claim upon my heart. Often times I have found that when-ever I start to burn-out from doing some tedious wood act like handing cutting many wood joints, it is just a simple step of refreshment to just sit in silence and let time pass me on by. After a-while I soon re-joined myself to the work of cutting those joints and then started a light hand sanding of the wood with #80 grit sandpaper.

….well at least that wedding present is getting closer to being finished and I’m happy to see the progress that is being made.

Thank you.

’’….work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 02:49 PM

Very nice Frank/

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 04:06 PM

Interesting Frank

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 05:10 PM

The art looks like a cinnamon roll, bring on the coffee….lol…

Frank, What kind of wood are you using for the pin on the bench? I’m a little surprised at it’s smaller stature, it must be strong?!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 05:25 PM

Thank You, Frank, for some insight on how you keep your mind at peace.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-04-2009 05:16 AM

Hello to all;
....and then also RobS has a question.

The wood I’m using here is Padauk, and this one comes to us from West Africa. Pterocarpus soyauxii as it is also known by is a hardwood and comes in the color of a red or deep red, altough I have all-ways seen the color being more of a rich orange. This wood is very stable and has great diminsional qualities….plus can be used for joinery, dowels, furniture, inlays, cabinets….and etc. Tha wood will darken over time when exposed to light and will take a finish well along with tooling. This one can cause skin and respiratory irritation so be advised//forewarned, plus will turn your clothes and wood red//orange if you are not care-full.

I use Padauk mainly for dutchman//butterfies in the wood, plus the way I am using it here to wedge my tennon in place. Since I am using shellac….German Garnet Shellac Flakes cut at a 2 lb. cut, I believe the natural color of padauk will add a nice highlight to the wood and bench.

....and yes it is strong!

Thank you for your question Rob and I hope this helps some-what in explaining the pin into the pine;


-- --frank, NH,

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