3 Knots in this Hand Mirror

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Project by GaryK posted 01-30-2009 06:20 AM 3517 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, as most of you know, I haven’t been to spend as much time in the shop as I’d like. My 1 1/2 year old daughter
has been taking up most all of my time with my wife working.

This is my entry for the “A Knot Like No Other” contest. I started this a long time ago but it’s been sitting on the back burner.

The contest got me thinking that since I already had the mirror part done and it just needed a handle, I would have enough time to make it.

In the back of the mirror is a piece of walnut endgrain cut from a branch, with a small knot right in the middle of it.
Attached to the frame of curly maple is a piece of canary wood that has a less pronounced knot in the middle of it.
Below that is a piece of Ebony ant then a piece of laotian boxwood with a great little knot in the end.
I had to waste some wood to get that knot centered like that.

The last part to fill out the handle is a piece of Snakewood along it’s length.
The finish is wipe on poly.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 01-30-2009 06:25 AM

Yes but what is that beautiful wood that is providing the background for the mirror? Not that its takes away from the mirror at all, As always a one of a kind.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#2 posted 01-30-2009 06:55 AM

AS we expect form you, Gary, innovative and unique. Excellent.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-30-2009 07:07 AM

Elegant mirror that is executed wonderfully. Nice to see you back, Gary. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 01-30-2009 07:11 AM

very nice work as always .. one of the nicest mirrors around

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 01-30-2009 07:15 AM

Gary, it’s good to see you back posting projects. Great job…as usual.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 01-30-2009 07:26 AM

It looks amazing my friend…do not fret about the loss of worktime but look to the future,I figure my children is the only reason God keeps me making sawdust :) Heck my 8 year old wants a woodcarving set for his 8’th birthday…go figure…and good work…GB


PS I tried to delete this cause my son is 9 on his next bday, and it ain’t working…. Oh well…No Prob…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#7 posted 01-30-2009 07:32 AM

It looks amazing my friend…do not fret about the loss of worktime but look to the future, Sometimes I figure my children is the only reason God keeps me ALIVE and making sawdust :) Heck my 8 year old wants a woodcarving set for his 9’th birthday…go figure…and good work…and GB….


-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#8 posted 01-30-2009 07:48 AM


With such nice work you manage to pull out when a contest is ON, makes me think that you’re sand-bagging on many other projects that we have yet to see! :) :)

I can hardly wait! :)

Just kidding... I really enjoy your work… it always has something Special about it!

Thank you for sharing…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 01-30-2009 01:27 PM


“mirror mirror on the wall.. who’s the fairest of them all?”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 01-30-2009 01:38 PM

I was hoping you’d have something for the contest. I’ve missed seeing your work. Nicely done, sir.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 01-30-2009 02:25 PM

wow what a wonderfull kool looking mirror wow!!

-- tool time tim aka "cobra5"

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#12 posted 01-30-2009 03:46 PM

Another wonderful piece, Gary!

I don’t know if this is your intention, but the mirror would make a wonderful heirloom as a gift to your daughter that she could then hand down through future. generations.

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

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#13 posted 01-30-2009 03:48 PM

Gary, this is a nice piece and it is good to both have you spending some time here and posting projects again. But surely this isn’t the “special project” that you have been working on!!

Out of curiosity I just wonder how many unfinished projects you have in the works. :) (That was just a rhetorical question). You are obviously a multi-tasking as well as multi-talented person.

I can well understand the time it takes to enjoy the company of a two year old but it is well worth the personal sacrifice and effort. It won’t be long before she is asking for the car keys and bringing BOYS home. Enjoy and keep posting you have been missed.

By the way good luck in the contest.

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

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#14 posted 01-30-2009 04:41 PM

Dang, Gary- now that you have entered the contest, the rest of us have no chance at all !!! ;^)

Gorgeous Mirror! The grain pattern on the back is stunning. The combination of colors and wood types is absolutely inspired.

Good Luck in the contest and it is so great to have you posting again!


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

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#15 posted 01-30-2009 07:35 PM

Far out mirror. Custom beauty.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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