Redbud and hackberry gavels

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Project by FoolsLairWoodworks posted 02-21-2011 03:51 AM 1171 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

These three little gavels are kind of special to me. I, and my wife, are members of the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) Queen City Lodge #12, Springfield, MO. These gavels are made from wood cut on Lodge property. I will hang onto these to give to Lodge members when a special recognition needs to be given. I recently presented two red bud ones and two hackberry ones to members but did not get pics of them.

The one on the left is all redbud. I had no idea how redbud would look but knew I wanted to try it. I really like the color and the grain. You just want to make sure it is dry before you turn it. Stuff basically blows itself apart in the drying process if you turn it green and don’t treat it. Shrinks really bad.

The second one is all hackberry. The head and shaft are very different shades or colors but both are hackberry, just different limbs. The head also has a few worm holes.

The third one has a hackberry shaft and an oak head.

These were turned on my HF lathe and the heads are attached with epoxy. Finish is minwax spray lacquer.

I have a lot more hackberry and redbud stashed in the loft of my shop so it will be dry by this time next year.

-- Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Refurbish.... Yeah, I run one of the local No Kill Wood Shelters. Thanks, Jim Root, Bolivar MO

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 07:12 AM

I’ve never seen that type of wood before. Nice little “Hammers”

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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