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Project by S2artDesigns posted 08-05-2011 05:11 PM 1080 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine is just a tiny bit obsessed with the Pacific Northwest. And understandably so. He went on a family trip out there a couple of months ago and encountered many woodworking shops along the way. One that he ran into had a really nice guy in it. They started talking and my friend mentioned me liking to work with wood but that I am just starting out. The really nice woodworker then proceeds to just GIVE my friend a beautifully figured chunk of Redwood burl to give to me. I was flabbergasted by this. He was going to use it to turn something but he just let me have it. The kindness of others can be a great thing. Anyway this is one of the results of his gift.

Thanks for looking!

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/S2ArtDesigns?ref=si_shop





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Elizabeth

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 05:34 PM

Wow, this is really nice! Care to share anything about your process in making this – any tips for a newbie? What finish did you use? I might give it a try if I find some striking wood.

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 06:45 PM

Very pretty and nicely shaped, Yes, the kindness of others is one of the most inspiring aspects of Life, You have created a reflection of Your appreciation, looks great, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 06:50 PM

Thanks! I appreciate that. And sure I’ll Share :). The piece I started with was a large cylinder so I cut a slice of it with a miter saw and then cut that into smaller squares so that the most interesting face of the grain was showing. I have a little 1” x 30” belt sander that I use to rough shape things and I used it to get the rough oval going with an 80 grit belt. Then I switch to hand sanding. I have found that for burls sanding in a circle is the best. Going in one direction tends to leave more scratch marks I think. I suppose you could use a power sander that has a circular motion too but I mostly just have hand tools. side note: Norton 3X paper is the best :). I usually go 100, 220, 320, 400. But if its something like snakewood I may go all the way to 2000 and then buff it too. Anyway, I put the piece in a vise for drilling the hole and I use an oak board for backing to prevent any chipping and an old tshirt against the vise jaws so they don’t dent the wood.

As for finishing I like to use Tung oil and a wax. I just apply the tung oil and let it soak in until its all gone and apply more. Usually just a few coats. With such a small piece of wood it will not soak up a whole lot anyway. I then wait a day or two and apply the wax. The wax is probably not what most people would use. haha. I use Sno-Seal wax. Its intended for leather but I found it works great for wood too. I heat up the pendant either in an oven or with a lamp and apply the wax, letting it soak up as much as it can. Then I just wipe it all off and your done! :)

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/S2ArtDesigns?ref=si_shop

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 07:01 PM

Cool, thanks for the details! I will have to try that :D Yeah, hand sanding once it’s that small is probably best, otherwise I’d worry that I was going to flay the skin off of my fingertips by accident!

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 07:03 PM

Your welcome. Thats true too. That and its way too easy to take off too much material when its tiny. I have actually sanded myself before too. Its unpleasant. But much less so than sawing yourself. Thats the worst. haha

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/S2ArtDesigns?ref=si_shop

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 09:33 PM

Great explanation, informative and interesting, yes, everyone be careful out there, I cringe when I hear the horror stories, great to have You here on the site, looking forward to future posts

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 08-05-2011 09:56 PM

Thanks! Itsmic, I just read your profile and it made me laugh because I live in the south and I pretty much do the same thing you do except I have to go inside because It’s so hot and humid it makes me crazy. haha.

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/S2ArtDesigns?ref=si_shop

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