Pen and Pencil Holders

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Project by RobS posted 01-12-2008 06:48 AM 2507 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bee-ing all they can bee.

I stumbled across a dried up cedar tree with several branches still attached. Thinking I might bee able to use the trunk for some salvageable wood, I started to saw off the branches. Bee-lieve it or not this is what I found. Carpenter bees had tunneled nests all throughout the tree, up and down the trunk and branches. I was amazed at not only the lengths some of these bees went to but also how nice and round they drilled the holes.

Not wanting to simply discard some of the larger branches I elected to make these desk top holders, one for each of my children.

This was an extremely quick and easy project, the tops were already slanted since I cut them off right next to the trunk, so I simply cut the bottoms flat, sanded and coated with a little oil.

Of course I removed all the bees first, er.. uh.. well… I think I did. Ha. Enjoy kids…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 01-12-2008 07:00 AM

How nice of your shop helpers…. now if you can only get them to follow a drawing…

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

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#2 posted 01-12-2008 07:06 AM

Ha right Scott, then of course I would need to start training the younger ones too, so I could get smaller diameter holes..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 01-12-2008 07:17 AM

Pretty cool idea!

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

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#4 posted 01-12-2008 08:27 AM

cool way to use these.i mite make some of them.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#5 posted 01-12-2008 08:28 AM

i made some lamps that look like that

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#6 posted 01-12-2008 08:35 AM

Interesting piece with a very interesting story.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 01-12-2008 12:06 PM

Cool, a project that goes quick, looks good, and is functional.

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#8 posted 01-12-2008 12:18 PM

Those are kinda neat, Rob.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 01-12-2008 04:27 PM

Thanks everyone, I know they aren’t much to look at and certainly didn’t take much skill. Just thought it was cool how nature helped out.

Thanks again.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#10 posted 01-12-2008 05:39 PM

Neat way to use the natural wood. May have to keep an eye out for that kind of wood.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 01-12-2008 06:12 PM

Great salvage, unique project, cool.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 01-12-2008 06:20 PM

It’s really something the way the bees made the holes.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 01-12-2008 08:28 PM

Good idea. I´m going to do somethin similar.

-- Jiri

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#14 posted 01-13-2008 03:38 PM

Very cool and a great conversation piece. They drill straighter than I do.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#15 posted 01-13-2008 04:03 PM

Hi Rob;
—-busy as a bee and bee-ing able to captivate, bee-work-able-wood as an ongoing worker of wood in your bee-ing….!

This project is all about bees bee-ing bees and you bee-ing a maker of great bee-live-able pen and pencils holders. And who knows but now that your children have these wonder-full holders of stories, that they might some day pick up pen and paper….and write their own versions of the story that comes from the wood?

....and so once again, but not the last I’m sure….,

I thank you for sharing this one with us at LJ.

-- --frank, NH,

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