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Birdseye Pine? - Tiny Wood Gloat & Project

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Birdseye Pine? – Tiny Wood Gloat & Project

Recently I made a trip to see my brother over in Nevada. On his counter was a piece of “scrap” pine that he saved for me because it looked “weird”. The scrap was about 9” long, 12” wide and 1” thick. (See the picture)

Turns out that what he thought was “weird” is a piece of common Pine with a heavy Birdseye figure. Yep, weird. I have only seen this in person once before but not with the degree of figure in this specimen. Now for the sad part. It came from one of two identical 1”x12”x6’ boards picked up at Home Depot…CHEAP! The other 63” of it was used to build chicken coop boxes and are painted gray.

A moment of silence please for the dearly departed… then pooped on by chickens…

OK you can wipe your tears because on the flip side, with a piece this small I will find something creative to use it in to show off the grain pattern. Not every day you see “Birdseye Pine”. The first thing I did was slice off a 1” strip and turned out a fountain pen. It came out really great! Matched with a Titanium Jr. Gentlemen’s Fountain Pen Kit from Craft Supplies and finished by encasing the blank in acrylic and polishing to a high gloss. (“Encasing in Acrylic” is fancy talk for many coats of CA glue. As put by Mary Anne, another LumberJock, “It is much more appealing and professional sounding than ‘coated with super glue.’ LOL”

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1516 days ago

In this case considering it’s use, the woods name should have been much lower than “Birds EYE” part of the chickens anatomy.
Oh the pens wow “eye” popping they came out great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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blockhead

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#2 posted 1516 days ago

Great little score and the pens are gorgeous. Well done!
Looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of it. Any ideas?

-- 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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imallchalkedup

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#3 posted 1516 days ago

very nice, and Iv’e never seen birdseye pine before, looks very similiar to birdseye maple. Good job on the fountain pen, wish I had good enough hand writing to use such a nice pen, but my penmenship is probably only good enough for a carpenters pencil.

-- RStadler

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SNSpencer

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#4 posted 1516 days ago

Just to clarify. That is just ONE pen that I turned out. The last picture is a colage of the three sides of the same pen.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet

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thatwoodworkingguy

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#5 posted 1516 days ago

Yeah the HD thing doesnt surprise me I heard of this stuff popping up Lowes as well. I always check for it at both stores when I go. You never know.

If they only knew the value of the wood on the chicken coop

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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richgreer

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#6 posted 1516 days ago

WOW – I’ve never seen birdseye pine before.

Seems to me like it’s time to disassemble some chicken coop boxes and run the boards through a planner.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Mary Anne

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#7 posted 1516 days ago

It might be worthwhile to bring a chicken coop poop scoop next time you visit your brother and claim the rest of this wood for yourself. That figure would be beautiful on a piece of furniture. And you would have a great story to go with it! :)

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tinnman65

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#8 posted 1516 days ago

I never heard of birdseye pine, but I’ll be keeping my eye out for it at the local HD & Lowes. To bad about the rest of it. Nice work on the Pen

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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SteviePete

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#9 posted 1516 days ago

Freaky neat. Thanks

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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puzzled

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#10 posted 1516 days ago

The lady that built our house used pine for the built-in’s in the den and in the master closet, and its filled with Birdseye pine boards. I have thought, many times, about pulling it all out and rebuilding everything with regular pine. Very nice score!

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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tucsoncyclist

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#11 posted 1516 days ago

I just saw some at my local HD last week. If I would have know how beautiful it is as a pen, I would have grabbed it.

They look great!

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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Hacksaw007

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#12 posted 1516 days ago

Very nice, won’t see much wood like that! Good gloat!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Bearpie

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#13 posted 1516 days ago

Go back to your brother and take a replacement board along and switch the wood he used. Plane the paint off and you have the rest of the board to play with. Seriously, that is what I would do! This wood is worth doing that and while you are there, give your bro a smack backside of the head. ;-) LOL

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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FrankLad

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#14 posted 1516 days ago

Gorgeous wood!!!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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donjoe

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#15 posted 1516 days ago

Very unique as well as nice looking wood. Great job on the pen.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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