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Project by OldWrangler posted 04-25-2014 01:37 AM 834 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This may be the most unusual project I have ever tried.

About 15 years ago we took a 3 week vacation in Mexico, just traveling back roads and definitely off the beaten trail. We went into little towns, had locals show us the best they had. We saw waterfalls, rivers, volcanos, jungle, birds like we had never seen, locals doing crafts of that area (pottery, weaving, wood carving, jewelry and about everything you could imagine. Even found a little hut where 3 men sat in the shade making brooms.

Anyhow in one village a fellow was carving some very unusual wood. My limited Spanish didn’t let me know what he was saying it was. Finally he took me behind his house where he had a treasure trove of this stuff. Turns out that this is the treed left after mistletoe dies or is killed. The roots intertwine with the wood of the tree and make these bizarre shapes. I didn’t know at that time what I would do with the wood but I gave him about $20 in Pesos and he loaded the car. The piece for this lamp was the biggest. No problem getting it in as Customs and Ag didn’t stop us to inspect.

The wood sat in my shop for 4-5 years before I dug it out to play with. This big one had LAMP written all over it so this is what I did. Base is Walnut and the piece of wood turns out to be wild Mex. Apple. This lamp has sat next to my bed ever since. Everyone I have shown it to thinks it is wonderful so here it is. Take a look. Remember Mother Nature did all the work, I just put a lamp in it and varnished. Let me know what you think.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason





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#1 posted 04-25-2014 02:22 AM

That is incredible! The inside looks a lot like coral! Really cool piece of wood! Nice work mother nature. Nice job on the varnish too!

-- “Anyone who doesn’t think money is grown on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.” www.facebook.com/johnsonandsons72

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#2 posted 04-25-2014 03:01 AM

Very cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 03:02 AM

That is exquisite. Great job thinking of a lamp. Excellent finish.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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OldWrangler

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#4 posted 04-25-2014 03:04 AM

If I thought I could get more back in legally, I’d make a trip to Mexico. I remember exactly where the guy was who collects the wood. Not a chance of getting something like that past the Custom and Ag folks. They seem to think everything is endangered and needs to be protected. They would rather confiscate something and put it the dumpster than let it enter to country for some good purpose. Don’t you just love our government!!!!

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#5 posted 04-25-2014 03:28 AM

Absolutely Awesome…! natures artwork.

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#6 posted 04-25-2014 03:32 AM

If something can be done than a woodworker can do it better however he is no match for nature. I really wish I could think up some of the things nature makes by accident.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#7 posted 04-25-2014 04:01 AM

Wow! I was going to ask how long it took to carve all those needle/leaves. Letting the wood speak for itself is the best.

-- The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein

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OldWrangler

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#8 posted 04-25-2014 04:54 AM

Here is a picture of some small examples of Wood Gall from Mistletoe. These are what you see being carved into fish, lizards and animals. Small versions of this lamp. Can you imagine how old this clump of mistletoe was or how big.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#9 posted 04-25-2014 10:48 AM

Wow, that’s VERY cool!

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/MalcolmLaurel

#10 posted 04-25-2014 11:26 AM

I think its beautiful.

My wife would take one look and ask how it could be dusted.

Don

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#11 posted 04-25-2014 03:45 PM

Beautiful piece and great story.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com

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#12 posted 04-25-2014 03:49 PM

this is one incredible piece of wood, you are very lucky to have this as a show piece, i just might want to stare at it all day…lol…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 04-25-2014 04:12 PM

Extremely nice Idea and work!!!

All governments/Corporate EXEC’s/etc. are power hungry and corrupt!
Business- religion-”civic organizations” and all the others! I do trust very- very few!

I actually knew one politician that was good! BUT; his running mate was not! (The good one eventually quit politics—the “running mate”(for state legislature from same district—ran as teams) became “state-governor.”

That state is now even more screwed up that when I worked for the “state”.

-- just rjR

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#14 posted 04-25-2014 05:10 PM

wow, I do have to agree that is incredible, so beautiful

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#15 posted 04-25-2014 06:31 PM

We dust it with a compressed can of air made for cleaning computer keyboards. About once a year we have to take it outside and hose it off to get the imbedded dust. Doesn’t hurt the electrical or wood.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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