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….,
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/