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"Home is where the Hearth is"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 03-08-2010 08:52 PM 3872 views 33 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After receiving April’s copy of FWW I was greatly inspired by the “knickknacks” done by Hank Gilpin. They were absolutely beautiful. It was also then that I was made aware of the Scraptacular Challenge that FWW was running. For a long time I have wanted to make a tray to hold the one thing that makes it possible for me to create my pieces…my house keys. Without those I wouldn’t have a shop. Two birch logs were in the fireplace of my house when I purchased it 8 years ago. I put them aside in my basement knowing at some point in time I wanted to use them in a piece. So there they sat for eight years until this challenge came along. So I started on the piece on February 18th and finished it this last weekend. I even included a picture of the raw material!

The main body of “Home is where the Hearth is” was carved from a 2” thick slab of one of the birch logs. After cutting it into a slab I found the birch was actually slightly spalted and there was beautiful figure where a branch had grown…which when cutting to length I positioned so it would end up in the deep carving of the tray. I used a combination of a Foredom, hand chisels and cabinet scrapers to give it the look you see. The legs where made from figured Bubinga scraps left over from making the legs of “My Nightmares and Dreams”. The legs are held onto the box by a scrap piece of quartersawn Sycamore left over from making the body of “Box of Chocolates”. I used a sliding dovetail joint to attach the Sycamore pieces to the Bubinga legs. The Sycamore is doweled into the birch.

“Home is where the Hearth is” was finished with countless soakings (that birch was THIRSTY) of Danish Oil. The final finish was two buffings with BriWax. It is approximately 16” x 4” x 4”.

Enjoy and keep making sawdust!

A link to my entry to the contest: FWW Scraptacular

There are multiple Lumberjock entries in this so take a look around!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!





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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#1 posted 03-08-2010 09:09 PM

triumph1, let me be the first to say that your projects are in a class all thier own… simply amazing, creative, exceptional pieces of art… I always look forward to see what you put up next…
I like the nice details you put into this one, with the dovetails, to all the shapes of the dish… very nicely done…
Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#2 posted 03-08-2010 09:12 PM

Beauitful , you have great vision.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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SPalm

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#3 posted 03-08-2010 09:13 PM

Wow Jeff, that is truly inspiring. The design and craftsmanship that you show are remarkable.

Thanks for showing,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 03-08-2010 09:13 PM

Outstanding piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-08-2010 09:19 PM

beautiful … I think it just perfect

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 03-08-2010 10:21 PM

Amazing work..the piece looks like it is crumpled.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 03-08-2010 10:26 PM

Great piece! I love making things out of firewood. But my favorite is the freshly-cut log. It cuts like butter! And if you carve it thin enough (and your lucky) it won’t crack. :)

-- jn

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#8 posted 03-08-2010 10:32 PM

WOW!

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#9 posted 03-08-2010 10:51 PM

what a stunning piece…you certainly have given this project some of your vision…its just beautiful to look at..it inspired me…and when wood working does that…then that brings me happiness…thank you..grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 03-08-2010 10:53 PM

Another beautiful project Jeff. The birch reminds me of a Shar Pei. Very well done!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 03-08-2010 11:07 PM

Nice joints and nice choice of woods.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 03-09-2010 12:42 AM

Amazing. Creative. Nice photo. Thanks

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#13 posted 03-09-2010 01:26 AM

This is great!

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#14 posted 03-09-2010 01:56 AM

this piece is truly triumphant

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#15 posted 03-09-2010 04:36 AM

Thank you everybody! This was definitely a fun one to work on. I makes me extremely happy to know that people are getting inspired….it is the main reason to do it.

Deon…cannot take credit for the photos…my friend/coworker Joel Alonzo took the pics for me….i am extremely lucky I work next to a talented photographer.

Blockhead…hmmmm…a Shar Pei inspired box….you could be on to something :-)

thank you all…now back to the basement with me! Keep making sawdust!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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