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Project by Sodabowski posted 01-20-2012 01:02 AM 2041 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys,

This one has been waiting for quite a while since I started carving it last summer. It’s a chunk of very deeply spalted beech, with an inner portion that’s been completely preserved from the fungal attacks. A slow spalter attacked what remains inside while a very aggressive one destroyed all the outer part, which was very easy to remove with my trusty pocket knife. As you can see by the last shot, I took advantage of the natural shape of the piece to add it some natural dyes with clear shellac to emulate a flame. Not the most spectacular thing ever, but I like what came out of Nature’s work. Leaving it unstained was not really fullfilling, hence the stains.
Thanks for watching.

Edit: on pic #4 you can see the outer rind of the chunk, with the brown melanin barrier that seperated the zones of the different fungi that attacked it.

-- Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 01:15 AM

That looks WAYYYYY Cool! I like the way you blended the dyes in so that they follow the flames.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 01:19 AM

A great looking piece.
Very creative.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 01:19 AM

Thanks, I did my best, it was my first take on dyes with shellac.

-- Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 01-20-2012 02:09 AM

Very organic.

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 02:15 AM

One more and youve got an official set of rock horns!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 01-20-2012 02:37 AM

What nature did plus our imagination resulted in a very interesting and creative piece!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#7 posted 01-20-2012 03:55 AM

Thomas, Just got home from a lecture on dental implants…..... needed a break from that stuff so I check in on LJs and there you are. I like it. Nature did it’s work and you took it a little further. It could have been lost to complete deterioration, but you saw something and worked with it. I can relate. I often spend hours on a piece if trash just to see what I can find. Beauty is where you find it. I have rocks and pieces of wood that I have kept for more than 50 years because there was just something neat about them that set them apart and worth keeping. I hope to drive my kids crazy when I’m dead and they go through my stuff and try to figure out “why in the heck did he keep this?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 01-20-2012 04:22 AM

Time well spent : )

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#9 posted 01-20-2012 07:47 AM

Very interesting

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#10 posted 01-20-2012 01:55 PM

@ Chris: hell yeah :D \m/

@ Ken: hey mate, you’re still very young, you’ve got plenty of time left to extract the beauty from these gems you collected over the years (and I can relate too, I have a bunch of crystals here waiting to be cut, but first I need to build a faceting machine, which will be after the bandsaw and interferometer :)

@ Dusty: you can say that again :)

In fact the best way to find pieces like this one is to slay down dead trees that have been infested by the spalting fungi, peel off the bark, and cut them into ~ 15” sections and see where the wood transitions from nice to completely chewed up. Since I found that particular specimen I came across many others, it’s merely the open battle zone between two spalters of different hungers ;)

-- Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#11 posted 01-20-2012 04:17 PM

Now there’s someone who knows how to make something great from almost nothing!

Thanks for posting!
-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The best woodworking show since the invention of wood.)

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#12 posted 01-20-2012 04:20 PM

Hey Stumpy! I had a great time this night discovering your videos. What a laugh hahaha, and you can talk about doing something outta nothing, love your bench! The clamps racks are very cool too, and I’ll be following your footprints on the sharpening station and jigs!
Thanks for stopping by :)

-- Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 01-30-2012 01:15 PM

As warm as your heart my dear Thomas.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 10-28-2012 01:28 PM

Yes much more what is needed. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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