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Made this for my daughter. Diamond willow finished with varathane. Base is pine.
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#1 posted 05-27-2011 01:55 PM
You know…...... There isn’t a single picture viewer/editor on the market that doesn’t easily rotate a picture. Even the Windows Picture Viewer allows you to rotate your pic – in this case, 90 degrees Counter-clockwise.
Honestly, I just can’t get curious about a project when I have to look sideways at it – sorry, but it’s the truth.
I can’t get any concept of what it looks like, or the size, etc….....
I know this is your very first project and I don’t want to “scare you” from putting up more – it’s only a suggestion.
PLEASE don’t take this as a criticism of your work!
-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: email@example.com / www.rhoadesclan.com
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#2 posted 05-27-2011 04:09 PM
Very good use of the diamond willow. How long did you have to look to find one with all those branchescoming out just right, or did you just get lucky? Thank you for sharing and welcome to Lumberjocks.
-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter
#3 posted 05-27-2011 04:29 PM
I was looking for walking sticks and got lucky. Right in back yard and close to the road too. Sorry about the pic being sideways but having troubles for some reason. I use Linux and its rotated properly in my files but it’s downloaded side ways. I hope to solve the problem soon.
#4 posted 05-27-2011 05:03 PM
That looks much nicer now!
Lucky find and a great use for the willow – keep up the great work, and the posts to LJs!
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#5 posted 05-29-2011 04:17 AM
Diamond willow is wonderful wood to work with . You never know what you will find under the bark. And I just love the smell of the wood when cutting and sanding – almost a sweet smell. Do you straighten your willow ? Very nice coat tree .
-- Everyday above ground is a good day.
#6 posted 05-29-2011 03:40 PM
No i haven’t tried that yet. I love the smell and feel of the wood. Every sticks a surprise.
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#7 posted 05-29-2011 09:02 PM
-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com
#8 posted 05-29-2011 11:48 PM
You can straighten it quite easily with the bark on, a couple of elec paint strpping guns, and a 2×4 jig sitting in your wood vise.
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#9 posted 05-30-2011 07:19 PM
How long do you have to let it dry out before working with it ( sanding ,etc.) ?
-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!
#10 posted 05-30-2011 08:09 PM
The surface drys rather quickly and could be sanded after a few days. Its the the inside of the log thats takes the longest to dry . Dry it too fast and it cracks and checks. It all depends on the size of the stick. I personally leave my sticks muck longer than need. peel them green then let them dry then sand and trim accordingly after they have dried. I got a lot of my information from The sticksite.
#11 posted 05-31-2011 01:48 AM
If you leave the bark on it takes a long time to season diamond willow. Likely all summer, but this way you will get very little checking, aswell seal the ends [paint, wax etc] to help stop checking at the ends. You can use a moisture meter for wood to check that moisture content is below 20% . It is a harder job to take the bark off a dry stick , but with the bark on, and a little moisture inside the wood to heat. You can straighten out modest bends and crooks in a stick. And the bark on prevents the wood from getting scorched and burned with repeated straighting from the electric heat gun.
Check out this DW info;http://carverscompanion.com/Ezine/Vol2Issue2/BobGander/DiamondWillow.html
Here is some of Bob’s work;http://www.razertip.com/gallery/index.php?cat=6
#12 posted 05-31-2011 03:48 AM
Good information from both of you …thanks : )
#13 posted 06-01-2011 06:40 PM
Thanks knotty great link!
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