|Project by itsmic||posted 01-04-2011 04:35 PM||1757 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Hi Everyone This was a last minute Christmas gift for Jude, Cindy thought maybe I could make a cutting board or something quick, since she was leaving to go to Georgia in two days, and wanted to give something to her daughter’s significant other, Jude. Well, that did not leave too much time, I started to think about it, and remembered I had a slab piece of ash that had been laying around for about 5 years, through the ruff cut, I could see it had lots of figure showing, but, I never knew what to do with it, so I decided to try and make a chop block from it. Apparently this particular piece was cut from the tree where two branches separated, and the piece had bark between the two sides of it like a sandwich. It was such a cool looking piece of wood I went about trying to conform it into a workable piece. This was not very easy, I had to chisel all the bark from the one side and inside leading to the other side, hence the circular plug on the front. Then I took a router and cut out all the bark and made a space for another piece of ash to use as a blank/handle to fit in. Lots of fine filling to get it to fit, then used a sawdust with wood glue mixture to fill in any open spaces within, and to glue the two together. Four hard rubber feet and a cooking oil soaking and it was done. A real workout for the hands and forearms, 4 hours of chiseling, filing, and sanding. I can probably say with confidence that no other is like it. When Jude received the gift, He took it into his room and said nobody is going to take a knife to this, I’ll hang it on the wall, I got a real kick out of that. Well, thanks for looking, and I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season.
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