What I Made During the Hurricane

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Project by Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist posted 09-03-2012 04:04 AM 2185 views 9 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On August 29th Hurricane Isaac was going wild outside with about 90 mph winds and in excess of 14 inches of pounding rain. I figured that would not stop me since I obviously was not going anywhere. I cranked up my trusty generator when the electricity went out and headed to my workshop.

This is the result….The box is tiger maple with a cocobolo knob.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#1 posted 09-03-2012 04:54 AM

This is a BEAUTY! What type of finish/treatment are you using?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 04:57 AM

Wow again ,amazing box Greg a real beauty .

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 04:59 AM

Wow. Almost looks like marble. 14” of rain – I’m surprised you didn’t float away . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 05:15 AM

Lovely box. Well done!

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 05:51 AM

Greg, you obviously find 90 mph winds inspirational. This sculpture certainly looks wind-swept. This one reminds me of scenes from the south pole after a storm. Beautiful work as always. I love the freedom of movement embodied in your sculptures…which just happen to be boxes as well.

As an observation, that must be a heck of a generator to run your home and enough lights and shop tools to do this work. What kind of construction and roofing do you use that lets you be so casual about such winds? And while I am at it…how did you get from your house to the shop in such weather? This kind of storm would leave any of us living in Indiana cowering in the basement.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 07:28 AM

Very beautiful box. The finish is exquisite. Very glad Isaac did not give you too many fits.

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

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 07:51 AM

Very nice work

-- Vince

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 08:52 AM

Suffering succotash… that is great Greg…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 10:33 AM


-- Harry --- Never Give Up, Never Surrender,

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#10 posted 09-03-2012 10:46 AM

Wow! This box is out of sight. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 09-03-2012 11:07 AM

my oh my Greg, this is one of the beauty’s , its one of my favorites for sure, im glad you have power even when its off, that can make for a nice weather day, as long as the roof doesn’t blow off and your in there working away, then that is when the fun begins..fantastic job as always…keep at it…grizz

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#12 posted 09-03-2012 11:15 AM

oh yea, i wanted to know about your generator also, i get the rest, having lived in Alaska we got some pretty heavy duty storms there too, and the mind set was, just do it….as long as the roof stays, then have it, i know you already went through a home being lost, so if it were me, i would have made sure this next one was built on a rock, and the roof would have been done so that it was ready to handle the storms there…when i built this house, i even used hurricane ties on my floor joists…i didn’t want anything going anywhere..everything was screwed down..and where i used nails, they were galvanized ring , im sure you built it well…grizz

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

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#13 posted 09-03-2012 11:49 AM

Beautiful work Greg!

It’s one thing to turn a hunk of wood into a thing of beauty but to do it during a Hurricane Wow!
I guess once you get sawdust in your veins there is no stopping a woodworker! When I’m in the shop I loose track of time and seem to have a one track mind. But a hurricane!! My hat’s off to you sir!
About the question that was raised by Boxguy & grizzman, I’d love to hear all about it also.

Thanks for the post!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#14 posted 09-03-2012 12:04 PM

Beautiful work. It’a amazing that even Isaac can’t slow you down.

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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#15 posted 09-03-2012 12:24 PM

A very beautiful box, as always. Really happy you and your family are ok

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

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