A Knot Like No Other

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Project by lew posted 2064 days ago 3197 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here is my first entry into a Lumberjock Contest. This is a “Knot Like No Other”.

A couple of years ago, I was making Salt Cellars and Pepper Grinders for Christmas presents. After re-sawing a piece of Walnut, this knot appeared. When the loose material fell out, the heart shaped outline was very evident. Always being one to try for a couple of extra brownie points with the Mimi, I cut out the knot and put it back- waiting for the right opportunity to use it as a gift to her.

Fast forward to the winter of 2009 and the LumberJock “Knot” contest. OK!! I have the perfect entry- that heart shaped knot lying somewhere in the shop. A frantic search finally located it under a couple of inches of dust. I know an excellent reason to clean the shop- but I’m on a mission!

OK, I have the knot but how to display it? As fate would have it, I had made Mimi a Celtic Knot rolling pin (she gets all the prototypes) AND fellow LumberJock “Rogue” just posted a neat rolling pin holder. And the rest, as they say, is pure plagiarism history!

So there you have it- an ageless walnut knot created by Mother Nature, inlayed into a copied rolling pin holder design, for a French rolling pin shape hundreds of years old, with a centuries old Celtic Knot pattern. Yep!! Another original project from Lew’s Basement Workshop!

And what did Mimi say when I gave it to her?- “Two hearts beat as one”. After 32 years of being married to me, she still thinks like that. Don’t you just love her!

Thanks for looking!


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

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#1 posted 2064 days ago

Very nice Lew. Definitely a unique item and one that will be appreciated for years to come.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 2064 days ago

Thats the best knot I’ve ever seen. Also a very nice project. You got my vote.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 2064 days ago

What a great story, and a beautiful project!

I may have to ask for some sort of Guiness Book proof as to the authenticity of that knot…. Seems mighty coincidental to me. Hmmm….. :-)

You have definitely started off this contest with the bar set very high. The pressure is on!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2064 days ago

What a wonderful gift and I love the story behind it. I have often said that the story behind a piece is often as important as the project itself.

This is gorgeous and I will have to second Charlie’s comment. This looks like a winner to me.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2064 days ago

Knot bad, knot bad at all. I love it.

The wife unit has seen this and wants a French pin like that real bad. I need to get to the wood store.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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John Gray

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#6 posted 2064 days ago

Great job, thanks.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 2064 days ago

That’s awesome!

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

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#8 posted 2064 days ago

Lew. A great use of air. It’s surprising how the air is keeping those sides into the perfect shape. Good catch many years ago and great use for it after you found it again.

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

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#9 posted 2064 days ago

that is really, really cool lew.
great project with a great story to match!
best of luck in the contest.

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#10 posted 2064 days ago

great project, great story, I like how it all just rolls together.

Thanks for making it so easy for the rest of us… think think think.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 2064 days ago

Well, I’m out now!
Bob ;-)

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 2063 days ago

Absolutely precious!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 2063 days ago

Very nice Lew.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 2063 days ago

Such a beautiful piece and story all rolled into one : )......I think I’m gonna cry…..

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 2063 days ago

very creative!

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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