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This is a small dish I made some years age which I thought may be of interest to anyone turning a piece of timber and finds a split growing before your eyes. dont throw it away lie I nearly did.
We had just bought some new appliance & the packaging was held together with these copper plated staples, so I used some to “stitch” the crack together.
My wife hashad it on a stand in her office since.
Timber is our NZ Christmas tree” the Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) this bit is quite worm eaten, it is a very heavy hard wood.
size is average 200mm (its about 10mm out of round)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#1 posted 1334 days ago

Nice save, this happened to me too as seen in my post “Dilemma” but my problem is that since I posted the picture the crack has widened to an inch and an eighth and I think a bit too much to do something like this. I am waiting till I find a better idea.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 1334 days ago

Nice save Peter. The Pohutukawa, is one of the most beautiful trees I’ve seen anywhere when in bloom. This is the first I’ve seen of it’s wood…. nice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 1334 days ago

Great idea, also interesting conversation piece

-- Norman

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#4 posted 1334 days ago

Now that is a great way to keep it from breaking in two!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 1333 days ago

Thanks guys,
Paul, this stuf is hard you realy need sharp gear for a clean cut’, I have a quantity of large pieces but not sure how to cut it now as it is about 40 yrs old & just laughs at the chain saw as it smokes.

Erwin, had a look at “dilemma” now that is a serious split (way past crack) dont know if you can recess pin at the back or not, then you may be able to fill the gap with casting resin and make a feature with a spider or two or some sort of bug?, maybe just lace it up real tight with some copper wire like a shoe lace!!! ??? you got a problem with that one.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 1333 days ago

Unique and beautiful save Pete. Outstanding as always. Man I love your work…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 1332 days ago

Turned your split into a artistic + . Only problem I can see is if someone wants another to match:0)

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#8 posted 1327 days ago

That has a very artistic look to it. I have an old flower pot my mother-in-law repaired with copper wire that looks much the same. I like it.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 1326 days ago

How great is it to fix a problem by calling attention to it, rather than hiding it. Take a nice looking piece, + an accident, + a clever fix, and it becomes elevated to fine art. Love these “repaired” pieces.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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