|Project by RockyBlue||posted 01-19-2012 05:50 AM||2655 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
I snuck these 2 clocks in the mix while working on some bigger projects. They are the first of many to come. I am making them as gifts to all my family members who have helped me with logging over the last couple years.
The larger of the two is from our gold mine property near Apex Colorado at 10,500 ft. It is 193 years old and was fairly hard wood considering its only pine. My uncle found it already cut and knew I could do something with it. Now everytime I see it, I will think of the tough men that roamed the high Rockies in search of gold 190+years ago, Thankfull they spared this tree from thier cabin building days.Then I will think back on my childhood and the countless days I spent with my family prospecting for gold. The dials on both clocks are 10” Diameter.
The smaller one is from a short log I spied while elk hunting near Toponas Colo a few months ago. I noticed the blue stain went almost to the middle, something I don’t see too often. The yellow center looks like a duck head, or as my mother pointed out- Woody the Woodpecker. This one is a youngster at 79 years old. The hour and minute marks are burned into the face using a template I made.
I spent a few hours trying to figure out how to flatten these, being all endgrain. I decided to buy an old rotary planer for my radial arm saw and this worked just swell. I will now build a sled to clamp or screw these to while flattening them.
The miner’s cabin on new years day 2012. Home sweet home. I think a clock needs to end up here in july when we can make it back in.
What cabin would be complete without a loading dock?
-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.coloradobeetlekillfurniture.com