WOODHENGE - A Work in Progress

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 02-06-2012 08:58 PM 1929 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was raised on a farm in rural Manitoba and 35 years ago when my father passed away I wanted sustain a connection to him and the land I was raised on. So I cut several saplings of willow and planted them in my yard in Calgary. Last week the towering 30 foot trees were cut down as they had matured and were a concern to us and the neighbours.
Of the five trees planted, four had survived, with their trunks at the base being a minimum of 24 inches. Hence the pile of wood left for me by the arborists who spent three days cutting them down. They chopped up all the small branches and left me with the heavier stuff in order to reduce the cost of removal.
My trusted friend, True Temper and I commenced the movement of this wood from the front yard to my back yard so that I could facilitate the final removal of the wood, i.e. giving it away free for the asking. Then a brain wave hit me and I decided to redecorate my yard – WOODHENGE- was the result. This will provide my grandkids and me a place to have picnics. In pictures 4, 5, and 6 you will see a table along with the king’s ‘throne’. I may even let the wood dry out to carve a few more boots.
At time of posting, I still have 2/3 of the pile to move. My body asked for a rest!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 10:22 PM

Interesting story ,I’m wondering if in a couple years the name will change from “Woodhenge” to “Termiteville” LOL

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 10:30 PM

Good for the spirit Roman, :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 02:18 AM

looks like lotsa bowls, handles, knobs, pens, and who knows what else is layin there. Has anyone worked with Willow before? just wonderin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-07-2012 06:50 AM

Willow is a pliable wood used for many things including weaving it into wicker. It is a good wood for turning…..

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#5 posted 02-07-2012 10:27 AM

Great story. The pieces you have left ask your local woodturners / woodworkers club if they could use the wood. willow will turn well even if only for practice, Regards Roger

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 04:06 PM

I’ve turned weeping willow (Salix babylonica) – it can be beautiful stuff.

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 06:43 PM

Thanks for all the comments.
I have contacted some turners in the area but no bites so far!
Great looking bowls James. My wood shows beautiful heart wood too.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 06:09 PM

I know willow can turn a beautiful color when attacked by staining spalters. I made pens out of spalted willow, they turn easy and hold very well some abuse.

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

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