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Project by jockmike2 posted 01-02-2008 04:47 AM 1408 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my 60 yo brother who has COPD, a lung disease he got from working in and around pickleing tanks at Motor Wheel Corp. as a Superintendent for 27 years. The chemicals weren’t known to cause any harm to humans at the time. He got a good settlement from them, but he now breaths through a hole in his neck, from a tube hooked up to an oxygen tank. Hardly worth any amount of money. Anyway we both used to be quite active together fishing and hunting etc. One of the pictures on the burl, which I hated covering up, was of him and I with a 23 lb. lake trout we caught out of Higgins Lake, the biggest inland lake in Michigan, and it won us a Master Angler Award issued by the State of Michigan. Plus we were guests on the Fred Troth, Michigan Out of Doors Show. A PBS show that is no longer on since the guy died. This was a highlight though, in both of our lives. The other picture is of my brother and his middle son kirk, with them both holding up their biggest racks. My brother got a 12 pt. at St. Helen MI. back in 1976, that had a span of 18 inches. His son bagged one behind my brothers house last year that beat it in width by an inch, but not in points, still a very nice rack and my brother told me he had hoped his son’s rack would’ve beat his. Of course we always want our kids to do better then we do. If any one wants to see Kirks rack it is mounted on a burl I made for him a while ago and I posted it. My brother cried when I gave it to him the other day. A late xmas present. He said you could’nt have done anything better for me. I know he was happy. We have gotten pretty close since Mom died, and he’s kind of been the patriarch of the family, so it seemed good to see him let his guard down. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -





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Karson

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#1 posted 01-02-2008 05:04 AM

Great Mike. Post the third picture with just the clock. So we can see the burl in all its glory.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 01-02-2008 05:14 AM

nice burl.
and it is nice that you and your brother get along so well. hugs to both.

-- pat,ohio...http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/patshwigar/

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#3 posted 01-02-2008 05:29 AM

I can’t Karson I never took a pic before putting on the mirrorcoat. Thanks Pat your a sweety. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Karson

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#4 posted 01-02-2008 06:29 AM

OH so the picture is glued to the surface.

Didn’t understand that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 01-02-2008 06:35 AM

Cool piece of burl…makes a nice clock!

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#6 posted 01-02-2008 07:06 AM

Great burl, great story and great piece for the family. Good all the way around. Nice job Mike.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#7 posted 01-02-2008 08:53 AM

Mike – I agree with Ron – great story, great burl, great project, great gift and great family relationship – what more can you ask for?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#8 posted 01-02-2008 12:20 PM

You have to cherish those family moments. Good looking clock.

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#9 posted 01-02-2008 01:20 PM

beautiful story… choking me up.

A wonderful gift.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 01-02-2008 01:48 PM

A great gift Mike

Your brother & his family will cherish this gift for many years.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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jockmike2

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#11 posted 01-02-2008 04:30 PM

Thanks everyone, you’re too kind. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 01-02-2008 05:11 PM

I’d like to make a suggestion in case you make similar clocks.

When you apply a photo, you should crop it down to an odd shape, like a cloud, or

something natural. That way you won’t have to cover up as much of that beautiful grain.

Example:

Sorry to impose on you, but I’m just trying to help you out.

I’d also like to wish you , & your family a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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jockmike2

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#13 posted 01-02-2008 05:29 PM

Thanks Dick, I appreciate the help, I need all I can get. And same to you and Barb, Happy New Year. I hope it’s filled with good health and prosperity and plenty of good advice for all of us that need it. Personally I love getting Kudos like everyone else, but if you see something that can help me improve my work, by gosh, I want someone, especially a friend like you, to let me know. How else am I going to get better and improve my work otherwise I continue to be mediocre. So again, I say thanks. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 01-02-2008 05:32 PM

Your Welcome Mike

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 01-03-2008 01:55 AM

I know I posted a long winded bit on this burl. I don’t know what happened to it. I must be loosing it. Anyway thanks great story Mike!

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