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Sometimes you never know what you will find in a piece of wood until you starting working with it. This piece is from a beam that I took out of a 200 year old barn. The wood is wormy chestnut. This lidded box is 8 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter. Just for the fun of it I turned a pink ivory button and added that to the lid. I left the worm holes as they were and finished the entire piece with Mylands high speed friction polish and Triple EEE.
A few of the worm holes go all the way through the piece.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 04-02-2009 02:49 PM

I haven’t seen any wormy chestnut for a while. My father built some kitchen cabinets with it once, I have never been able to find it in the amounts he could.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 04-02-2009 03:17 PM

Great job…thats a terrific looking piece. I am currently making a steamer chest from wormy chestnut…its beautiful wood.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 04-02-2009 03:36 PM

A great looking box Jeff. Nice job.

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2009 03:57 PM

Beautiful turning, very rare.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 04-02-2009 03:59 PM

I have just started turning myself and dude, that is awesome.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 04-02-2009 04:36 PM

This is a wonderfully unique piece, Jeff. The chestnut has a lot of character that give it a lot of visual interest and character.

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

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#7 posted 04-02-2009 04:41 PM

Nice job! Very interesting piece.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#8 posted 04-02-2009 05:18 PM

That is great looking. Good job.

-- He said wood...

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#9 posted 04-02-2009 06:13 PM

This piece is amazing! beautiful work!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#10 posted 04-03-2009 12:30 AM

How cool! More and more I’m loving bug trails. Extra cool that it came from an old structure. Nice work!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#11 posted 04-03-2009 12:48 AM

Wow, that is a great piece. How difficult was it turning this with all the voids?

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#12 posted 04-03-2009 12:55 AM

Tim – the turning was fairly easy. If you turn this type of wood you must take lighter cuts and keep your tool sharp as the wall thickness gets thinner. I turned this down to just under a 1/4 inch thick and quit – I was afraid my luck with run out! Several of the worm holes go all the way through the piece. I am turning another one that I will fill all the holes with home made colored crushed rock material.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#13 posted 04-03-2009 02:55 AM

Nice box, I like the use of the reclaimed lumber also.

-- Dale

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#14 posted 04-03-2009 03:33 AM

WOW Very Nice Job I Like the Worm holes

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 04-03-2009 06:43 AM

Interesting piece. How about a top view to see the pink ivory top?

Those country worms seem to have a different pattern than city worms. City worms use cloth napkins when they eat.

-- "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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