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Project by Karson posted 2815 days ago 4069 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ran across a sawmill one day in my driving around and I stopped to talk to the owner. I took him a couple of handmade pens and asked him to keep his eyes out for any strange or unique woods. I would stop by and see him every few days and shoot the breeze. In the back of my mind was a thought about how could I suggest that I make something for him in trade for lumber.

But before I had the opportunity to suggest it, he said could you make a puplit. I assured him that I could. And, then he suggested that maybe we could trade lumber for completed work. No problem!

I talked to the pastor about what he would desire. He said something simple. I came up with a plan and emailed to him and he said great.

So this is the pulpit that I created. It will be used at the Fish Locker Cafe. They have a community outreach to the youth of the town and quite often have bands come in to entertain with “Praise and Worship”

I ran across a piece of spalted maple and I made the cross out of it and told the Pastor that the cross represented “The sunlight glinting across the empty cross of the Risen Savior”.

The top is Waterfall Bubinga Veneer.

Part of my lumber trade was 6 boards of Cherry 16 to 20 in wide and 11 feet long, all probably graded #1.

Karson

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †





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Max

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#1 posted 2815 days ago

Karson,

Very nice work, excellent choice of woods. I really like the Bubinga Veneer, it just dances under the finish. What is the rest of the Pulpit made of?

Also sounds like you made quite a trade and have more in the future, along with a friend.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Karson

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#2 posted 2815 days ago

The cradle was sprayed with Zinsser Sanding sealer. Which is a 2 lb cut of dewaxed shellac. The top of the Pulpit is Bubinga which has a very deep grain pattern and when you touch it you expect it to be undulating. But it’s smooth. The real problem is glueing the veneer because the grain structure of the veneer is almost straight up and the glue goes through the end grain quite easy.

The rest of the pulpit is Missouri Black walnut, that I’ve been transporting for 30 years in all of my moves. The base is Walnut burl veneer on the flat surfaces. The Baltic Birch plywood has 2 inches of solid walnut glued unto the edges before the veneer was applied. That allowed me to do the milling and truing everything up without worrying about plywood core showing. I’ll go back and pick the pulpit up next summer (once the weather warms up) and put a french polish coat on top of everything.

And yes the wife of the sawmill owner was standing beside me last night as it was presented to the church, and she said to me, “Mine is next.” The sawmill owner asked me if I’d be interested in furnishing his house. I don’t know if I need that much lumber.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Gary

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#3 posted 2814 days ago

Great story. There’s such wonderful people working wood—it’s a real pleasure to be a small
part of this community.

Gary

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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jockmike2

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#4 posted 2814 days ago

Beautiful Karson, if only God would grant me such gifts as yours, I do envy your skill. It does sound like you did’nt do badly with the cherry wood. Good job. mike

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

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Karson

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#5 posted 2814 days ago

Well I also got 125 BD ft of Holly and 150 Bd ft of Popular which I’ll use for drawers. I’ve got that wood stacked in the barn and have fans blowing on it. It dropped from 35 Per cent moisture to 13 – 16. So it drying fine.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 2764 days ago

Hey Karson: Sweeet work. I’m working on a pulpit right now myself. Would you be willing to share what the height and width and depth of this project is? Now that the project is complete, is there anything you wish you had included in the design, or would change?

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Chip

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#7 posted 2715 days ago

This is a real honey of a piece Karson. The waterfall babinga is amazing. I have to get me some of that stuff for my next piece. I wonder how THAT would look on a Thorsen table! Thanks so much for steering me over here.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Bill

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#8 posted 2712 days ago

An amazing piece Karson. I do not know what else to say.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Corey

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#9 posted 2712 days ago

Nice work, that’s a beautiful piece, very nice work.

corey

-- http://woodshop51503.tripod.com/index.html

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Ryan Corrigan

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#10 posted 2712 days ago

Karson,
That Bubinga is some of the most beautiful stuff I have ever seen. Very nice work.
?”Storing up treasures in Heaven”?
ryan

-- Ryan Corrigan Sadieville, KY http://www.CelticCrossWood.com

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dennis mitchell

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#11 posted 2712 days ago

Karson does great work…I’m real jealous of his wood collection!

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Karson

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#12 posted 2712 days ago

Dennis come and visit and I’ll load you up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 2712 days ago

I’ll have to renew my class one it’s been a long time since I’ve driven an 18 wheeler! LOL Thanks Karson

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Karson

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#14 posted 2712 days ago

Well not that much! LOL.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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oscorner

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#15 posted 2710 days ago

I don’t know how I missed this one, but that’s the most beautiful wood I’ve seen. Great pulpit.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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