|Project by daltxguy||posted 10-28-2007 12:30 AM||5399 views||9 times favorited||9 comments|
I’ve made several of these now, always as gifts for others as a token of Kiwiana using the indigenous woods of New Zealand. This one is made of recycled Rimu. As such the color of the wood varies greatly and occasionally you see nail holes which I think just adds to the interest. Rimu ( Dacrydium Cupressinum ) – though technically a podocarp and therefore a hardwood, was also called Red Pine and was the favored wood for structural framing ie: house construction because it grew long and straight. A shame really. That practice has since been stopped and the tree is now protected but recycled Rimu abounds from old house demolitions.
You’ll often see these wooden books around the Backpackers (hostels) or information centers as guest sign-in books.
The scrapbook can hold either US 81/2”x11” paper or metric A4 sheets up to about 80 pages depending on the thickness of paper used. The hinges are just leather strips from the local sheep industry.
I make minor improvements with each version. This time my breadboard ends have now also received a dowel in the center instead of just being glued in the center.
The construction is fairly quick and requires a minimum amount of material, just two flat boards and the breadboard ends.
There is a yin yang irony to this piece as it is a wooden holder of paper. The rimu tree now captured in permanance and made to hold its more fleeting and temporary paper cousin. The other interesting thing is that both light and dark woods are the same kind of wood possibly even from the same tree. Nature produces opposites even in the same species.
The finish is a standard raw linseed oil ( 3 applications) and 2 applications of a natural wax (Briwax 2000).
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!