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Historic Spalted Horse Chestnut

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Project by JohnGreco posted 10-17-2012 04:55 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I love everything I make, but some pieces draw me in more than others. This is definitely one of those times. When I started to turn this bowl, there was no outer indication of rot. But here you see an amazing knot (with nice curls around it) that had rotted out and has been saved. I stabilized it so there will be no further rot…it was tricky, but this bowl now has 2 holes going right through the side where you see the center of the rotted knots.

Finished with tung oil. Measures ~5 1/2” across x 5 1/4” tall.

Wood from the national historic landmark St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia, 250+ year old Horse Chestnut.

-- John





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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 10-17-2012 05:13 PM

I love the natural effects sometimes we find accidently. It gives it a unique character. Did you mark the bottom the history of this piece?

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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JohnGreco

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 05:16 PM

No, this was made for a member of the church congregation who placed the order nearly a year ago when I worked with the arborist who took the tree down. They know the history of the piece probably much better than I do :)

-- John

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TomTinkerSum

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 05:19 PM

You really made this piece POP!! Love the work.

Tom

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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WoodJediNTraining

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#4 posted 10-17-2012 05:39 PM

Wow John.. Excellent.. That is a beauty!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 05:52 PM

Beautiful. Always better when it comes with a story!

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

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#6 posted 10-17-2012 06:56 PM

Very nice

The historic connection is the cherry on top

Jamie

-- 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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#7 posted 10-17-2012 08:19 PM

Way kool. Might be a ghost er 2 hidin in there. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#8 posted 10-17-2012 09:21 PM

Thanks folks :) My wife thinks it looks like a sideways cat sitting on something, friend says cat sitting on a pumpkin.

-- John

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#9 posted 10-18-2012 01:42 AM

Niuce piece. Great save. Lots of character! Will you be able to visit it? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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JohnGreco

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#10 posted 10-18-2012 01:50 AM

LOL! I should have thought about including visitation rights :p

-- John

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#11 posted 10-18-2012 02:50 AM

creations are often like kids?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 10-19-2012 06:38 AM

Considering what happened to American Chestnut, is Horse Chestnut a diferent wood altogether?
Thank you!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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