Ozark Lumber Bug

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Common Name: Ozark Lumber Bug

Scientific Name: Oakus-Ridiculous

Habitat: Sawmills and Lumberyards in the Missouri Ozarks

Description: A rarely seen reclusive creature. Typically lurks in saw-log trimmings and wood slabs. First observed by M. Shcwing in 2005. The specimen on display was captured by Mike Chapman at the Elliott Forestry Sawmill near Roby, Missouri on March 26, 2006.

Caution: There is no known antidote for the bite from this creature. The hapless victim typically displays obsessive behavior toward power tools and frequently indulges in compulsive buying. Victims have been known to retreat to woodworking shops for long periods.


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#1 posted 1615 days ago

No Cure! We better eradicate the whole species NOW!!!


-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 1615 days ago

haha thats pretty cool, how did you get the legs like that?

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#3 posted 1615 days ago

I love it!
This is the coolest carving project I have seen to date.
Thank you.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 1615 days ago

:—-)) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
very cool and scary better call for some help
with haevy attillery if nessery

thank´s for the impressive introduction of the species Oakus-Ridiculous
I´ll bett it will bee sturdy´t for many years

next time we hear from you I presume you will be called proffessor woodbug

and wellcome to LumberJock I´m sure you can get all kind of ekspert help
from these folks they have accumolate a bunch of wisdom about different kinds
of bugs in the wooden trade and have all kinds of traps to catch even the smallest
bug in wood but be aware they are realy addictive to listen to believe me I now


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#5 posted 1615 days ago

wow, looks kind of like something from HR Geiger. Nice work, I think I have been bitten.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 1615 days ago

Weird, wonderful, and apparently in England already.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#7 posted 1615 days ago

Wow, I hope that critter doesn’t stow away on a plane to Norway, unless it eats Iberian snails of course.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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George Barreras

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#8 posted 1615 days ago

I think I have a species of the oakus-rediculous lurking somewhere in my shop. I believe I was bitten several years ago, and the only thing I have found that takes the pain away just for awhile is like you said, “The purchase of a new shop tool. Thanks for posting.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#9 posted 1615 days ago

Very clever – looks scary, even more than Louisiana mosquitoes. You have a clever mind.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 1615 days ago

Also in Italy it seems. I must say however that it seems a good thing to me. Long life to the bug!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 1615 days ago

Hahaha! Really cool creature and an inspiring presentation! Keep up the good work end keep them coming!

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#12 posted 1615 days ago

I must have been bit. All I want to do is work with wood !!!! LOL

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#13 posted 1615 days ago

Crap, add Victoria BC to the list of confirmed attacks of this creature…
Very cool and humorous story line, too funny…

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

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Mike Chapman

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#14 posted 1615 days ago

Someone asked “how I got the legs like that?”. The bug is turned on the lathe. It starts as a thick bottomed vessel. The thick bottom becomes the head. Legs are eventually carved from the thin walls of the vessel. Add a little wood burning for outlining and definition. Glue the whole curiosity to a scrap of oak slab, then concoct an outrageous story. There you have it.

Thank you for your interest.


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#15 posted 1615 days ago

yeah, that’s pretty cool! well done!

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