Just a Sweet Piece of Louisiana Sinker Cypress

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Project by longgone posted 07-31-2012 04:04 PM 3127 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every once in a while you find one of those boards that really grabs your groceries.
I recently bought a bunch of rough sawn sinker cypress boards that were recently retreived from the Louisiana bayous and were underwater for probably 100+ years. The log was most likely 300 – 400 years old before it sank judging from the size and growth rings.
The cypress had a moisture content of 51% when I got them and needed to dry in my storage shed for a while.
With the help of it being about 95- 100 degrees in there and a constantly running dehumilifier I was able to get the moisture content down to about 8 percent.
After plaining it down to about 1 inch I was in awe of this beautiful cypress. Forget about running it through my drum sander..there was so much resin in the wood that it completely gummed up the sandpaper after running about 5 ft of it through.
After a good bit of work this box popped out.

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 04:07 PM


-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 04:18 PM

From one box builder to another, Bravo!!! That is an absolutely georgous box. Thanks very much for sharing.

-- What you listen to is your business...what you hear is ours.

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 04:40 PM

Just checking in Greg.
You’re still impressing the crap out of me with each new box.

Keep on boxin’

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 05:15 PM

Greg, I smile every time I see what you are doing next. What a beautiful grain, and you have made the most of it. I love the flow and freedom of your sculpting. This one is particularly lovely. It looks almost primeval like it too could crawl out of the swamp after hundreds of years.

I know what you mean about resin in cypress I just finished making a bench of that wood and sanding in a drum sander was a mess. Good thing it planed out so smoothly. Because the bench sits outside and we have carpenter bees here, so I had to paint it.

Thanks for taking us along on your creative journey. It is always a joy to see what you are making. Keep posting and keep boxing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 07-31-2012 05:23 PM

now that is a very cool piece greg, the top looks like ripples in a pond, how cool can that be, i really love cypress, ive worked with it the last few months and its got some of the most beautiful figure ive seen in wood, i would take that any day over an exotic….....great project…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 05:34 PM

Another wonderful piece!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 07-31-2012 05:59 PM

Man that is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!................Jim

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

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#8 posted 07-31-2012 06:01 PM

pretty, pretty, pretty!!

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#9 posted 07-31-2012 06:03 PM

WoW! That’s some beautiful work! Really creative in the design. Has a feel like a seashell or something from the ocean.

-- Tobes, AZ

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#10 posted 07-31-2012 06:31 PM

Another master piece Greg. As with every new box you build, I think this is my favorite. Until the next one anyway. LOL

Do you have any shows coming up or is this still the commissioned series?

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 06:32 PM

Greg, you have exploited one of Louisiana’s treasures – sinker Cypress. Good job!!! Your box, material and craftsmanship are far above average.

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

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#12 posted 07-31-2012 07:00 PM

Absolutely awesome job. Beautiful grain and beautiful job showing it. You’re always an inspiration.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 07-31-2012 07:44 PM

It is absolutely amazing what you do with a piece of woos and you certainly do justice to the sinker! Ditto and double ditto to all that’s been said before!

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

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#14 posted 07-31-2012 08:14 PM

Another beauty—great work!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 07-31-2012 08:55 PM

Wow! Greg… That’s just super awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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