|Project by Mr M's Woodshop||posted 02-09-2016 12:04 AM||896 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
I have a love/hate relationship with pigs. I grew up on a farm, and quickly decided that I was not meant to be a pig farmer. I sold my hogs at the market in St Joe, MO, and reinvested my money in 2 heifers. It was the cattle business for me. I was about 12 at the time.
Alas, that didn’t work out well either.
Flash forward 50 years, and I am now resident in the US’ 2nd largest urban sprawl. I was happy making cutting boards, when people began to ask me to make pig-shaped cutting boards for them.
It’s a thing, apparently.
Most stories I hear involve an older relative that gifted pig cutting boards to the next generation. When people see my pigs, I help them carry on that tradition.
So, I’m back in the pig business.
Photo # 1: Cherry, Jarrah, Yellowheart & Hard Maple
Photo # 2: Black Walnut, Teak & Yellowheart
Photo # 3: Black Walnut, Hard Maple, Yellowheart & Jatoba
Photo # 4: Black Walnut, Padauk & Hard Maple
Photo # 5: Black Walnut, Hard Maple, Bloodwood & Yellowheart
Photo # 6: Black Walnut, Hard Maple & Jatoba
This is a custom design that I made after reflection on what shape was pleasing and could be shaped easily enough. Not negotiable was the curly-Q tail, which I often hang the pigs from when I take them to market.
All boards are finished with mineral oil, and a topcoat of board butter, AKA my custom mix of mineral oil + locally-harvested beeswax.
-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com