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The Best of 'Wood Art" #5: "Upcoming Awards Event and Multipurposing Some Wood" -- by RusticWoodArt

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Upcoming Awards Event and Multipurposing Some Wood

First of all if you’ve not been reading my series on the upcoming and ongoing ”LJ Woodworking Awards – Winter 2008” then you might want to click here and read what a lot of LJ’s have all-ready been reading about now and discussing since Debbie announced the ”Upcoming Awards Event” in the November eMag.

Having said all that I thought I would get my series ongoing some more and post some more pictures of where the wood will be coming from for my ”Multi-Purposed 2×4 entry.

Notes to my-self so far:
1.) starting point is a 2’’ x 4’’ x 8’,
2.) ‘I’ may also want to do some lamenting or bending of the wood,
3.) The Multi-Purposed 2×4 is only where the wood project starts, what comes next is open to the designer…,
—-and then Dan also added two points which I had also been thinking upon….
4.) ”before I make a cut I’ll take a photo of the lumber with a scale so there will be no question”,
5.) ” it will be fun to figure the volume of the project and project it into a finished item, minus the width of the saw blade”, and yes, I just could not let that one slip by about what Dan is saying….” it will be fun”,
6.) using a log or timber beam which I will saw//re-saw into the original 2’’ x 4’’ x 8’ and yes, the reason I will record this size and dimensions with photos is not so much because of a trust factor, but because this will also become part of the history and story of the wood project,
7.) I’m thinking of doing some thin slicing and bending for some of the project….so I will also do some laminating of the wood,
8.) ....more yet to come….and these notes were taken from my second series here.

Now I’ve all-ready mentioned that I will be cutting my 2’‘x 4’‘x 8’ board out of a larger piece of timber, therefore the question that comes up is; from where and what wood species….to be used? The other day I posted the following pictures on an-other forum here at LJ as to where I could get some wood….

....and then there is some chestnut at the bottom of the stack that dates back to an early 1700’s barn I took down some years ago….

....but then that chestnut is on the bottom and that’s a lot of timber moving. So I am thinking that I will go to my in-boxed barn cellar (other-wise known as the ’English Barn Cellar Depot’).....were all my wood is paid for by the sweat of my hands and the toil of my back, but life is sweet and wood is great….

....now heres an inside shot of the English Barn Cellar Depot and one or two of the isle’s of boxed wood timber I carry. In these particular isle’s we have tongue and groove hemlock which came from an old late 1800’s-early 1900’s theater and some oak slabs plus more hemlock out of a late 1800’s home cellar, plus assorted timber’s out of old barns and such. As you may see, most all of my wood has been aged over the years like a glass of fine wine and also has a story to tell. Yes, I found the massage sign back against the wall while rooting around in an old barn cellar some years age….wonder what that stories all about….?

So this morning I’m headed out to the cellar of the Barn Depot and start moving timbers and measuring, while also listening for that sound that comes forth when a special timber decides it’s time and so speaks forth; “here am I, so send me….”

From there I will proceed to take the wood upstairs to my shop or outside on some sawhorses, and start laying out my lines to cut the wood to the dimensions for this contest entry. Hand working wood and hand cutting wood is not the fastest way of getting the job done, but there’s nothing better to my way of thinking when it’s all over and done….then to be able to say, “I did that by hand….and if you’ve got the time, well pull up a stump, and take a load off your feet, have a cup of tea, while I tell you a story….!

Now moving on I thought I would toss a few more pictures into todays blog salad or story and so feel free to come with me as we walk around at closing time, last Friday evening inside the barn. I often play with light settings on the camera as I’m taking photos so after turning off the inside lights, I thought I would see what I could gather in the way of photos from light coming in. This one is taken from bay #2 looking through and up into the thrid floor area of bay #4….

....and then I went to ‘night mode’ on the camera. The strength of this barn and all early barns was in the hand hewn and hand pegged art of timber framing, no nails or screws here and close to 250 years old….

....I’m stepping back inside bay #2 and looking out a set of windows and down, while again going to ‘night mode’....does any-one care to take a guess as to what three types of vegetables we have growing down there? One hint here, two are green and one is off white….

....stepping outside the barn now we met snow, yes it was falling some on Friday night….

....snow ‘just is’ and then there sits a maple sugar house, waiting the winter through, with high hopes for coming days and night of late winter and early spring….ah yes, I can taste the drink that the gods brewed up when they came to NH and gave us maple syrup….

Well that’s all for the moment, but more to come and so I offer a great day to all and….,

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank
RusticWoodArt

rusticwoodman@gmail.com
http://frank.wordpress.com/


”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

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



14 comments so far

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 2324 days ago

I don’t have your wood resources Frank. I’m buying a cedar 2×4 and making another paddle. I’ll be bending and laminating as well. It’s funny but this contest fits perfectly with what I’ve been planning anyway. I build my paddles from cedar 2×4’s. I usually use some other wood as well for the blade but this time I plan to take a couple of 1/8” x 3-1/2” x 8’ slices 1st for blade material. This is going to be a paddle for my wife so the shaft will only be 1” wide anyway and I was planning on an 8” wide blade so this is perfect.

I envy you that barn Frank….great space and beautiful.

Brussel sprouts, kale and ?

Have a good one.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 2324 days ago

I sure like the setting of where you have your home. It’s kind of like going back in time.

I’ll be watching your progress.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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frank

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#3 posted 2324 days ago

Hello Bob;
—-brussel sprouts yes,....and then broccoli, but I’m still not going to name the off-white vegetable….LOL
Question Bob, are these stand up paddles for using in a canoe….? Have fun making this one and looking forward to the end result….

Hi Dick; now you’ve got me laughing….when you say going back in time. This is some-thing I hear often when friends come around, I call it the romantic notion of how it used to be. And then especially if we are entertaining a new couple and I start explaining what goes into making this place work. Then the husband usually looks at his wife and asks her if she’s ready for all that….need I say more….LOL. Still I do understand what you are saying about going back in time, but that’s one of the things we’ve had to work so hard at and then working ever harder just to maintain the ‘back in time’ effect. Now I’ll have to be on my toes since I know you’ll be watching my progress….and then also this wood thing is just plain fun, so have fun watching.

Thank you all for watching and….,
GODSPEED,
Frank

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

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Karson

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#4 posted 2324 days ago

Off white Parsnips.

Great tour 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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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miles125

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#5 posted 2324 days ago

Love your barn Frank. Looking forward to seeing your project.

Vegetable would be Cauliflower? Some people claim its edible…lol

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2323 days ago

I think that what I like best about your stories, Frank, is your appreciation of what you have – you don’t take anything for granted and savour it all.

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

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frank

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#7 posted 2323 days ago

Hello Karson;——thanks for coming along….!

Hi Miles;——yep, you get a bowl of cauliflower….actually I’m one of those folks who makes that claim….LOL.
Nothing like sitting down to a breakfast of rice, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflour along with some curry.

May you all have a great day!
GOODSPEED,
Frank

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

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miles125

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#8 posted 2323 days ago

I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of Michigan the past three years. That place is like the worlds capitol of Barns! We got barns down south, but nothing like what i see up there. I guess the cold weather and snow there pretty much dictates the need for something really solid and well made.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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frank

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#9 posted 2323 days ago

Hi Miles;
—-there is indeed a great history in the old barns of our land….especially the barns of New England.

I often tell folks that if you want to study history in early America, then study barns and where they came from. This opens up our understanding to English and European culture. Before we took the English Barn apart and moved it to it’s new site here, we had it dated and the folks with the preservation services were dating this one around 1750-1780. And then when you look or read the timbers of the post and beam style, one also comes to an understanding that before the barn was erected in the late 1700’s, a lot of those beams came from an earlier cape house.

I can tell folks that if you want to know history, then stroke the oak and pine timbers in that barn, but the truth is that when we study what came before, we start to understand a little of who we are. We have a history of the family that first erected the barn down in Milford, NH on their land….and the father was one of those first who fought at Concord, in the Revolutionary War….oh well, now see what you went and got me going on…..history.

We put it all up together again and my wife swung some boards and carried beams also….hand hewn, post and beam and all new tree nails which I made out of oak. This barn is alive and moves with the seasons, which is what makes these old barns last.

And yes, I have also seen your barns down south and there is great history in your barns also!

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

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

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miles125

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#10 posted 2323 days ago

Heres one of many nice barns i took pictures of in Michigan. Might have enough to make me a barn calendar!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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RobS

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#11 posted 2323 days ago

Milford! Now you are in my family’s neck of the forest. And that interior barn photo…lots of cat names in that shot.

Thanks Frank and anytime you want to rattle off history, you’ll have an interested reader in me.
Thanks again.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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frank

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#12 posted 2322 days ago

—-thank you Debbie for your inspiring words….!

—-hello Miles; yes, great photo! And if you should want to….anytime, you can all-ways keep posting those barn photos here.

—-hi Rob;—-”interior barn photo…lots of cat names in that shot.” Yes there are many names….and I never run out of a resource for new names. If any should wonder why so many names for cats, well we have four right now, but one can loose cats up here due to predators,therefore the need for new cats and new names. I have all-ready noted the history interest//quirk Rob and after all, history is such a noble subject to fill one’s head with. Now where did I last leave off at with history….

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

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

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Bob Babcock

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#13 posted 2313 days ago

Hi Frank,

This is what the paddles are for.
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The invisible surfer (fell off the back)
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-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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frank

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#14 posted 2313 days ago

Hi Bob;
—-thanks for the photos!

Now I understand….kind of makes one ‘want for warmer weather’, so I guess your waiting for the call that says….surfs up.

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

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

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