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Project by lew posted 07-02-2011 07:16 PM 1411 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been playing with a piece of Honey Locust given to me by a former student and co-worker. It didn’t come out as nice as I had hoped- too primitive. Finished with mineral oil.

I’m definitely signing up for Spoontaneous’s class!!

Learned several important lessons, however-
- Honey Locust is very hard
- have a plan on how you are going to finish the concave portion BEFORE you begin carving
- order an extra large container of patience from Woodcraft before you start

Thanks for looking!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.





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bigkev

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#1 posted 07-02-2011 07:29 PM

Looks perfect for my girlfriend’s world famous chicken and dumplings!

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#2 posted 07-02-2011 07:59 PM

Nice one, Lew!

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#3 posted 07-02-2011 08:10 PM

Looks like a great ladle! Of course, if you are not fully satisfied, that gives you an excuse to make another!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 07-02-2011 09:37 PM

Wow….....I like that. At our house, it would get a lot of use. Will it hold up to any abuse? Don’t know much about the wood, but I really like the form. You done good.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 07-02-2011 09:48 PM

PS

Won’t get to try the grill pizza this time, but we will do something next time. Today is housecleaning day, I am done, mostly because my back and wrists which don’t tolerate that type of work well and give out. Better put, I know enough not to push too hard. I clean the bathrooms, all 2.5 of them. And the full ones are not small. Plus I oiled most of the hinges in the house, had to clean a bathroom fan, and it was a calamity to get down, (think it had been accessed before and the screwed up the bolts). So I had to drill new holes to put it up, but it is done.

So after cleaning, we treat ourselves to the 5 star restaurant one block from here. Should be fun, there are always people we know there, and everyone acts like neighbors. We usually eat in the bar/pub. It is very rustic, and very cozy. Same menu as the restaurant.

So, home tomorrow, but I have Monday off to finish the…......let’s call it the multipurpose bench. Minibench is apparently confusing.

Later….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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lew

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#6 posted 07-02-2011 11:34 PM

Thanks, everyone for the kind words!

Jim- in Navy boot camp I was on the “head cleaning party”. To this day, when we are going to get company, I am called to active duty! The Honey Locust is kind of brittle so I don’t know how long it will hold up.

Enjoy the meal!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 07-03-2011 12:04 AM

Lew
Hear that…......, I seem to be always on duty. That’s an exaggeration, because at home we have cleaning girls once a week.

I was a general medical officer, before I specialized, when I spent two years in the Navy. Seems I spent a lot of time either doing cleaning myself, or getting my corpsman to do it.

I was Officer-In-Charge of a small southern Taiwanese facility…..........eight days after I entered the Navy, I was standing there. They had me skip most of orientation and threw me on a plane. The morale was not the best when I got there, nobody in charge for a couple weeks, and the last doc was…...hmmmm….not with the program….so I got down to basics, got them to wear clean uniforms, spit shine their shoes, and polish their brass. And I did the same, unheard of for a medical officer.

Then I treated them firmly, but with respect always. We became fast friends after a couple of months. Couple of the best two years of my life. Great bunch of guys, all independent duty corpsman, meaning they could be the sole medical person on a ship, and all had served in Vietnam, and had medals.

Let me know how that the ladle works out, seems like a neat project.

We intend to enjoy the meal….........

Have a good one…......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 07-03-2011 12:07 AM

Chicken and dumpling, yum…...........

That looks perfect, can see the gravy dripping with a healthy serving being dished up. Oh baby…........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 07-03-2011 12:23 AM

Beautiful job Lew.

-- 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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#10 posted 07-03-2011 12:44 AM

its pretty wood…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 07-03-2011 12:47 AM

Nice work, Lew.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 07-03-2011 03:32 AM

Look good over here Lew !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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#13 posted 07-03-2011 03:44 AM

Lew,
What a beauty…. I like and what is worse my wife likes it, how did you bend the handle?

Thanks for sharing!!!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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lew

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#14 posted 07-03-2011 03:52 AM

Chuck- the general shape was cut on a band saw. Not sure what the technical name for the process is but it is the same type of cut used to make cambriole table legs. You cut the piece twice. First the side shape then tape the waste back in place. Then cut the “end” shape. If that makes sense. So the handle is actually cut in that shape instead of bent.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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sedcokid

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#15 posted 07-03-2011 03:56 AM

Thanks Lew, I understand what you are telling me! Now to try it… ;)

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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