Olive Carving

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Project by LelandStone posted 01-15-2012 08:23 PM 1577 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of the olive I milled recently on my bandsaw seemed dry enough to work, and I made this heart from a small piece of it. The grain seems really eye-catching to me, and there’s something of a double meaning in the finished product: Olive branches being traditionally associated with ‘peace,’ the pendant thus symbolizes peace and love.

Bandsawn, carved using a belt sander and various rasps, files, and abrasive sticks. Finished with spar varnish.

Odd lagniappe: My cat has a fondness for the scent of olive wood that would get him admitted to rehab if he were human. He’s actually scaled furniture in the living room or dining room to get to this or other projects made of olive, which then become feline gnaw toys.

-- Leland, OC California

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 08:52 PM

That is a cool piece. Lagniappe? Thought that was only a term used here in Louisiana, you a LA transport to CA? I think that the Olive wood is fantastic and so is the heart you created with it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 09:14 PM

Beautiful heart!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 09:40 PM

Nice carving and cool wood.

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 06:41 PM

Thanks for the nice comments! I’m hoping to eventually carve a netsuke from tagua nut, so this carving was another step on that road. As I’ve mentioned, I’m not really crazy about olive (certainly not as nutty about as my cat seems to be), but the grain in smaller pieces looks quite nice.

Bill, not sure if you remember him but L.M. Boyd used to run a syndicated newspaper trivia column. “Lagniappe” was one of his favourite words, and this SoCal native (lived all over, but never been to Louisiana) got it from him.

-- Leland, OC California

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 03:25 AM

very cool. your right the grain is very nice.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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