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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-27-2015 01:38 AM 870 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wrote a big illustrated missive on this – moving story included – got to loading the main photos of the finished piece, and my stupid computer locked up, and I lost it. Here’s a truncated version.

The victim, Myrtle.

The inspiration. Note the box inserts. Myrtle

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I hadn’t worked with Myrtle before. Now I had know what’s in there.

I was right in my suspicion that it would look at least a little like Olive wood. As it turns out, it’s not a little like Chinese Elm.

BLO wakes her up and makes her sing.

Some WOP.

Hollowed to fit a tea candle. Spit and polish.

And the touching story, in case you feel robbed.

Myrtle was a girl who was married to a boy named Ernie. According to my late and beloved Momma, they were the fist two people – outside my family and outside the delivery room – to have held the infant Mark in their arms on the Sunday after the sacred day of my birth. They were beloved to me for many years as I grew. I think of Myrtle whenever I see or think about Myrtle wood, though Myrtle wasn’t a pretty woman, like the wood. (She was built like a German tank.) But she was a good human and Ernie thought the world of her. And I remember her with fondness.

-- Mark





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lew

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#1 posted 09-27-2015 01:48 AM

I like it!

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

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BrentH

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 02:35 AM

So I see that I am not the only one using wood to create a reminder of things past! It doubles the pleasure, doesn’t it?

Sorry you lost your original post. Have a feeling I would have really enjoyed it.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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BobWemm

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#3 posted 09-27-2015 06:46 AM

So do I. very nice Mark.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 09-27-2015 09:11 AM

Thanks, fellas. Oh. I forgot mention, and you probably recognize it. I used “Eye Candy” as a prop, to get this up into the light better. Although, it did make me ponder, briefly, attaching them.

-- Mark

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 09-27-2015 10:40 AM

I like the final result Mark but seems a long process. Eye candy?????

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 09-27-2015 11:24 AM

Yeah. Previous Project so-called. It’s what the tea light is sitting on in the first photo. This took less than a couple hours. Thanks.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 09-27-2015 12:14 PM

Nice creative work, Mark!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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leafherder

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#8 posted 09-27-2015 01:46 PM

Another fine job. I had a Great Aunt Myrtle, married to Great Uncle Frank. Thanks for bringing back happy childhood memories.

Blame the computer problem on the Full Moon – my boss the tech guy swears there is no connection but cannot explain the increase in glitches every 29 days.

-- Leafherder

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 09-27-2015 03:59 PM

You sure start off with a lot of strange lumber. Excellent job on turning it into beauty.

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

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fatman51

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#10 posted 09-27-2015 05:38 PM



You sure start off with a lot of strange lumber. Excellent job on turning it into beauty.

- doubleDD


Like doubleDD said, you are really good at finding unusual material and pieces and turning them into something cool.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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fatman51

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#11 posted 09-27-2015 05:45 PM

“Myrtle wasn’t a pretty woman, like the wood. (She was built like a German tank.) But she was a good human and Ernie thought the world of her. And I remember her with fondness.”

I can still remember my grandmother quoting her mother when addressing my cousin saying, “Pretty is as pretty does.” I thought she was trying to say that one can look pretty while sweeping a shop floor, but my father always said the saying alluded to inner beauty, which apparently meant that one can look ugly while sweeping a shop floor…kind of mean thing to say to a little girl

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 09-28-2015 01:42 AM

Thanks to all of you. I’m glad you like it.

-- Mark

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