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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-13-2015 11:26 PM 1720 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To me, yeah, little bit.

Cape Chestnut.

Pretty, huh? There’s one of these around the block that got trimmed awhile back. I got a couple branches. Yay me. So, I gets me chainsaw out, checks the gas and oil, pulls on the string 102 times (No, I don’t count – I got rhythm), then I turns the switch to the “ON” position, and cuts me off a piece. See? It was an end where the branch off the branch that had been cut in ages gone by had healed over. This was one whacky piece of timber.
Tis one thing to take a whacky piece of timber and turn it into something round. Tis another, altogether, thing to have said piece of timber say, “I must remain whacky, in the end.” Thus, it begins.

I has to mount it, somehow. In this-wise do I do so.

I shapes it. See?

I am in wonderment – bewilderment, even – about those cracks.

I wakes up yesterday with a clear picture in my head. I translates pictures to action.

That’s right. I puts trusses across the fissures.

I discovers, after doing it the hardest way I could think of, that my toolrest can be of some assistance, as evinced by the middle photo, left.

Then, I puts the sandpaper and Micromesh to it. Thus-wise polishing it.

Then, I applies six coats of WOP to the Cambium, to keep it thus, through the next step.

I hogs it out (that’s how we say, “oot”, in American).

I finds a couple ugly spots, and fixes them. Thusly:

I makes wid da Walnut Oil.

I WOPs the insides of the two big pieces of bark that came right off, and toins this Thing into an interactive woik of art, see? I takes some pretty pictures of it. This, I do for you.

It’s whacky and ventilated.

You’re welcome.

-- Mark





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John

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#1 posted 10-14-2015 12:31 AM

Thanks for the chuckle, makes up for no fish this afternoon and the bear wrecking my fence last night. The trusses seem completely the opposite of super gluing the cracks, so many ways to get to the end, nice to have variety. Going to fill it with Halloween candies?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 10-14-2015 01:06 AM

Thank you, John.

-- Mark

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leafherder

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#3 posted 10-14-2015 02:13 AM

The wood speaks to you and you listen. Doing things the hard way is sometimes the best way. Well done grasshopper. :)

Great piece, great story, great photos. Thanks for posting.
John

-- Leafherder

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oldnovice

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#4 posted 10-14-2015 02:29 AM

leafherder, if this piece of wood spoke, did it say oink?

Mark, this is a piece of art! You took what nature gave you and made it look good!
Breaks the old saying “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 10-14-2015 02:57 AM

Hey Mark, I sure would like to turn that piece of pork, on the rotisserie on my grill. Just think, if you browned it just right, the outside would look just like bark, and you would have a nice natural edge bowl.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#6 posted 10-14-2015 03:35 AM

Mark, that is one interesting hunk of tree. I can envision you sitting in the “thinkers position” for hours! But seeing some of your other work.. I could be wrong!
And if you did to that port as Rockbuster mentioned I’m sure it wouldn’t last a day.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 10-14-2015 05:20 AM

If I toinsit upside-down, it looks like a toitle. But I won’t toin it upside-down, cuz then you’d see the bottom. See? I’m not proud of the bottom.
Tony, my “thinker’s position” is where I’m unconscious. Sleeping. I wake up with ideas.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 10-14-2015 05:26 AM

Congratulations Mark, that is a great outcome from a seemingly useless piece of wood.
Just goes to show what a bit of “Outside the Box” thinking can achieve.
Well done Mate, and 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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majuvla

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#9 posted 10-14-2015 06:09 AM

Where do you find those incredible pieces of wood? Always new surprise from you.Nice bowl.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 10-14-2015 07:15 AM

Useless, Bob? Useless? Tell me more about this thing you call “useless wood”.
Thank you, Ivan. All street trees. They get trimmed; I go running.

-- Mark

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fatman51

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#11 posted 10-14-2015 07:46 AM

Mark, first it was ice cream and now it is pork. The wife has me on a diet for Pete’s sake!
Thanks for showcasing all of the interesting chunks of wood. I enjoy watching you figure out what to do with them.

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

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Tooch

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#12 posted 10-14-2015 10:03 AM

Looks great, Mark. Its cool to see the pictures of how much work and effort went into this turning.

Thanks for sharing, congrats on a great piece!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 10-14-2015 11:08 AM

John, you’re not fat. You’re Short for your weight. And thanks.
Tooch, thanks. What’s your name?

-- Mark

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RootandBranch

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#14 posted 10-14-2015 01:11 PM

Mark, I love this whole post, the chunk of wood that inspired it and especially this quote: Tis one thing to take a whacky piece of timber and turn it into something round. Tis another, altogether, thing to have said piece of timber say, “I must remain whacky, in the end.”

Thank you for the morning grin.

-- Don, https://www.etsy.com/shop/RootandBranchGifts - http://facebook.com/rootandbranchgifts

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#15 posted 10-14-2015 03:25 PM

Tis indeed Wacky! Nice job.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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