The Dance of the Toadstools -OR- What I've Been Doing While I Wait

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 02-01-2016 11:14 PM 2378 views 5 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

WOW! I haven’t put anything new in here since last month.

Someone posted some mushrooms a few days ago.

You could do that. What with all those little logs you have lying around. The ones that are too small for goblets or bowls.

Dost thou dare me?

Double-dog, I do dare thee.

So I did.

I photographed them, first, outside. The sun washed them out. So, I took them inside, along with the Maple stump they looked so good on. I wanted you to see that pretty Podacarpus better. I made those shots the headliners. Here’s what they looked like in the sun.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-02-2016 12:01 AM

My scrap pile is calling to me. Thanks for the inspiration!

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 12:15 AM

Kickin’ stones on an old dirt road
Feelin’ dejected and all alone
When I looked up ahead thought my mind I’d blown
On a giant toadstool sat a teeny tiny gnome

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

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 02:24 AM

They say small things amuse small minds but these are great small things Mark, nice bit of turning, looks like fun.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 02-02-2016 03:14 AM

Fantastic – or should I say “Fantasia”-astic? The Mouse would be pleased (provided your inspiration came from the Magic Kingdom and not magic mushrooms).

Very clever, very imaginative, very marketable (at the right price). Just curious, what are the dimensions? I can see these as garden/potted plant accents, or as a centerpiece arrangement, or on a mantle.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 02-02-2016 03:40 AM

Very Cool Mark.

-- 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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#6 posted 02-02-2016 04:45 AM

This twisted mushroom is very interesting. They are all very nice with live edge and natural look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 02-02-2016 05:12 AM

You are such a fun guy, Mark! I like the splits. They belong.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 02-02-2016 05:19 AM

For every season turn turn!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 02-02-2016 05:45 AM

Totally wild! So creative, love them.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 02-02-2016 07:06 AM

Love those shrooms!

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#11 posted 02-02-2016 07:47 AM

Lew, YOU are a thing of beauty.
John, they vary from 3 – 5 inches tall.
To all of you who show your age in your comments, a Toadstool is not a Mushroom is not a Toadstool. I was very careful in my choice of words.
Candy, thanks. It’s good to tickle someone.
Since everyone seems to want to know what I was waiting for, I’ll tell you. It is as follows.
A buddy of ours, (a very prominent fella in our chosen field) has been on a pilgrimage, of sorts, from his home in Minneapolis, to do video interviews with several notables in the Wooden Artes. He wasn’t coming to interview me. He just stopped by for a short (way too short) visit. I was waiting for him to get here when I posted the ’stools. If any of you have seen any of CharlieK’s many videos, I can tell you that he is every bit the gentle-man he seems on screen. Now, I’m not bragging. I’m just name-dropping. (Did I mention that I met Charlie K?) He was here for about a half-hour, got the show-and-tell of my work, got to meet Dad, and left a little bit of his gentle spirit with me. For this I am grateful.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 02-02-2016 08:48 AM

Congrats to you both, Mark and Charlie, on the meet and greet! Love to meet other woodworkers.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 02-02-2016 10:35 AM

Yeah, Candy. A first for me. I now have a little impetus to go over to Anaheim, someday this week, and rub elbows with Boris Kechoyan (Borchik). Been meaning to for weeks.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 02-02-2016 02:42 PM

These are wonderful, Mark. Congratulations – I love ‘em.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 02-02-2016 02:42 PM

These are very cool little guys Mark.
Looks like you could turn a nice crankshaft after a bit of practice too. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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