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Blog entry by frank posted 2611 days ago 763 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Birds Eye Maple

....well just a short blog story today as I’m heading out soon to get my butt in high gear.

I’ve been keeping busy around the shop lately with the many projects of woodworking as come my way, a counter top in process, some pieces, (actually three) of furniture and then there’s that three legged piece of maple that I have put up on the third floor of the barn-shop that has started whispering my name for attention. Why just yesterday there I was up on the second floor, adjusting my sound system….which really means I was upping the volume to rock those granite foundations of my workspace, and so if you like these guys, feel free to click the following link… AC/DC, courtesy of Radio. blog.club, when I happened to hear that voice of the wood saying; “it’s time Frank, what about me….!”

So I’m out to the garage, to change a bar chain on my Husqvarna 395XP, taking off the 36 inch bar and putting on the 24 inch bar and ripping chain. I’ve got good weather, sunny skies and some nice four year old maple that has been doing curing time and for which I’m also hoping to get some spalted maple slabs from. I never know what I’ll get out of something like this, since sometimes the wood goes punky on me and other times I get nice figured spalted designs.

Out last week searching for 5/4 white oak for a countertop, so I stopped by a sawmill down south of me. Looking for timber usually turns into an all day thing for me since I will often get lost in all the wood of these places. Found some nice native cherry, bundles of first cut slab of the log at a reasonable price, ha….I remember when the sawmills were only to happy about letting you take it for free, but now with pulp wood prices and all the homeowners burning it, well….!

Anyways I thought I would post these pictures of some maple slabs that there selling for tables or benches. I had thought these were ‘curly’ maple but the guy said they’re ‘birds eye’ maple and that he had just recently sent pictures of them to a guy down in NY who does benches out of this kind of wood with an ‘asian’ flair. Ah yes, the competition is out there and so I had better get to moving….enjoy.

....and so I found these slabs for under a $1000.00 for both….

....seems to be a good amount of distance herein....

....now this one I am partial to, if I can only find a customer who would like some Japanese 'wood art' done in the low bench style....

....and yes I thought about resawing for two slabs here, but and hmmm.....

....ah yes, from a bird's eye view, some 'bird eye' maple....

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank
RusticWoodArt

rusticwoodman@gmail.com
www.frank.wordpress.com

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"....from where I am standing at bird eye level, all is looking as 'very good'...."

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2611 days ago

“lost in the woods” ... again I say that I’d love to join you on one of your wanderings..

nice piece of wood you have there!!! Can’t wait to see what it “is”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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WayneC

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#2 posted 2611 days ago

These are great boards. I’m sure they know what they are.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bob Babcock

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#3 posted 2611 days ago

So you wanna find some wood….have you seen these guys Frank?
http://www.berkshireproducts.com/ I haven’t been out to their yard yet but salivate everytime I look at the website.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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mot

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#4 posted 2611 days ago

Nice slab!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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mot

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#5 posted 2611 days ago

I was just thinking. The comment I just made might get you slapped in any other company of people. :)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Greg3G

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#6 posted 2610 days ago

Frank, sometimes a walk through the woods takes place where they are closer to offering themselves up to us. You still have to listen to what they are saying to you. They know what they are intended to be, we just need to listen carefully. BTW, do your guy’s have a website? I like what I see.

Bob, what a great website! They have some great wood.

Mot…depends where you are….a slab in the slaughter house an appropreate thing to say, now in a bar, that’s a different story :) Of course, I wouldn’t know, I haven’t stepped in side a bar in quite a while.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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frank

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#7 posted 2610 days ago

Hi Greg;
—-thats really great what your saying there….”where they are closer to offering themselves up to us. You still have to listen to what they are saying to you. They know what they are intended to be, we just need to listen carefully.

I tell folks about how I’ve laughed, bleed and given thanks with trees. At times when I have taken a special one down and they are bleeding I have sat down and cried with the passing of a friend….not many understand, but after their death, then comes their resurrection as also when the purpose of the tree is once again full-filled and life comes forth in the form of their given purpose. I was amazed, more like dumbfounded when I first was told by an old and ancient tree, of the special giving of thanks that often is what shall be….’just is’.... as to ‘tree offerings’. The trees know the purpose of the wood within, and they also will draw attention to their timing of offering….what is sad is all the trees that are taken before their time….but then that’s an-other story.

Sorry for not posting the website so here it is….Goosebay Sawmill

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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