A conversation piece

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I wasn’t gonna post this but then I thought what the hell, maybe I’ll get conversation out of this tonight. This was a very weathered log that ended up on my ground after high water last summer. Kept it for the fire pit but I liked the way it stands and wanted to do something with it. Bored at home yesterday waiting for the big snow storm that finally came today, so this is what I did with it. So far 9 inches and it’s still coming down. Not that common in St Louis. Anyway, I did this with my dremel tool and I know it’s not carving, but it’s making me more interested in actually trying the real thing. This was fun to make and I think it’s alittle cheesey but my husband likes it. We will probably put this on the deck or the bottom of the steps at the cabin or back in the stack of firewood. If I’m going to keep it I still need to put a sealeant on it of some sort. I use a spray for things I paint that are going to be outside and it last for years. Thanks for looking.

-- Janice

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 11:18 PM

That’s really cute, Janice. You’re getting pretty good with that Dremel tool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 12:07 AM

Looks like a good fishing stool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-25-2013 12:22 AM

Not quite big enough to sit on Monte. Thanks Charlie, still learning what all those bits are for.

-- Janice

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#4 posted 03-25-2013 12:30 AM

Janice, no need to apologize for your woodworking project – after all it is wood and you did work to add beauty – woodworking :-) I think that you did a fine job AND you did actually carve it, just used a different carving tool. Nice job.

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

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#5 posted 03-25-2013 12:41 AM

Looks good from here! Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 12:43 AM

I love it, Janice!
What black paint did you use, and what sealant do you use that “lasts for years?”

-- ~Julie~

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#7 posted 03-25-2013 12:52 AM

Way cool ,makes me want to go fishing and relax.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 03-25-2013 01:34 AM

You seem to be as talanted and crative artist as well as a wood worker! Love it! It must be nice to have that special place to go to get away for a while huh? Enjoy your Spring and Summer !


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#9 posted 03-25-2013 01:36 AM

Julie I use acrylic paints from Michaels, usually Americana or Folk Art. They come in little 2 oz bottles. And now that use asked me this, I have to wonder about the sealer I should use. I use acrylic sealer always on painted wood. I have folkart right now. It’s in a spray can and all of them I buy at michaels works great for outdoors on painted wood. Not sure how it will hold up on something that is stained though and left outdoors. Sometimes I paint on wood and go over it with oil pased paint or stain and rub it off to give it an antique look, then sprayed with acrylic but left inside and it works great. I’ve seen outdoor signs that are carved and stained and sealed that weather in a year. I’m not sure what they use. I think I’m going to try the acrylic spray and see what happens.

-- Janice

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#10 posted 03-25-2013 02:34 AM

Janice, that is a simple but stunning piece of art. Congratulations.
Thank you for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 03-25-2013 02:41 AM

I really don’t think I did this right. Don’t know how to use photo bucket. But I tried to get a picture on here. It’s a rug that I painted for my puppies. A floor cloth. It is canvass, primed with several coats front and back and painted and several coats of varnish, poly acryclic, so it can be mopped. I have several of these in my house and at the cabin and they hold up great. I love wood working but I love painting too. They love their play pen and they go in on there own during the day when I’m home for their naps. I have two crates in there and a play pen that streches from crate to crate so they can come out while we’re at work. I didnt want to crate them all day and I didnt want them ruining my floors. Ditched the potty pads when they started tearing them up. I can’t believe how well they have learned.

-- Janice

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#12 posted 03-25-2013 02:47 AM

-- Janice

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#13 posted 03-25-2013 04:28 AM

That is really cool. Would love to be able to do something like this and put down by my pond. You def have a great eye. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 03-25-2013 05:34 AM

Great idea Janice. I think that’s a great log seat near a warm fire. What type of “Puppies” do you have….from the X cages you have there is more than a couple. Just like us…we have 14 right now…we have an all bread (most abused) rescue…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#15 posted 03-25-2013 01:15 PM

Good for you with the rescue dogs Larry. We just have two and they are labs. But this way I don’t have to confine them in a crate for 8 hours when we’re at work. They can sleep together are separate or come out of their crates. They just don’t have free range of the house yet until I can trust them not to tear everything up. I’m not sure if I should have posted that picture here or not. Don’t want to be breaking the rules.

-- Janice

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