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Project by BarbS posted 305 days ago 857 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a small piece of Flame Birch with a lot of character to it, and wanted to see what it would look like when turned, so did this magnifying glass handle with it, then a flat piece for the business card holder. As with so many flashy woods, it only showed the chatoyance when quarter sawn on the edges of the flat piece. Really hard to photograph it, but the eges of that one shimmer beautifully. The round handle, as with lacy sycamore, didn’t show any of it. Some woods just need to be used Flat! They look nice, but when I know a wood has so much potential, it’s best to use it for that, I think. Se la vie.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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LakeLover

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#1 posted 305 days ago

I got some Flame Birch, it was sitting in a cull pile in a large lumber dealer.

Wow. could not use the jointer, to much tearout, so I belt sanded it level. I made a live edge table out of it, the grain just changes as you walk around it. Used many coats of wipe on poly, it gave it such great depth.

I hopefully can find a pic of it.

I made a walking stick and a table lamp with the left over bits. Going to keep an eye on the cull piles from now on.

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SPalm

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#2 posted 305 days ago

Hey Barb,

Yes that is a nice hunk of lumber. I agree with the concept of some woods shine better when flat. But I have no idea on how to tell until I am done. Maybe someday I will grow up and figure it out (pun intended).

Lookin’ good. Nice projects.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BarbS

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#3 posted 305 days ago

Thanks guys. I would Love to see a picture of a full size table in flame birch. Please do post one. And Steve, I have no idea, either. Hence the experimenting!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 305 days ago

Nice job. The business card holder is very unique. They both show good character.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 305 days ago

Just one of many pics online for you , Barb : )
I like both of your projects and Flame Birch is one of my favorites !

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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BarbS

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#6 posted 305 days ago

oh my gosh, that is just Dizzying! You sure got the most effect out of that wood. Thanks for posting your photo of it!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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peteg

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#7 posted 305 days ago

A couple of very nice piece Barb, with these small works they have to be “spot on” to cut the mustard, we get a similar thing with some of our lovely Kauri Barb, very haard to get a phot shot to show the b eauty.
Both would be great sellers in your gallery :))
Pete

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

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Karson

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#8 posted 305 days ago

Barbs: I got some Flame Beech. I was showing it to Glen Huey and Chuck Bender and neither one of them has ever seen Flame Beech before. They confirmed it was Beech lumber.

I was at a sawmill and bought the whole log. I’ve had it for 10 years and not make anything yet. I hope that its looks as good as that Table above.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 305 days ago

Hi Barb , I WISH that that my my table , but it is an antique that was made in New Hampshire before my time. The photo was online . To date , I’ve only had the pleasure of making a few small items with Flame Birch.

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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vipond33

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#10 posted 305 days ago

What a very nice lesson on wood, good even for someone that has seen thousands of board feet. Very few see it all.
A great little design on that holder, the posts are exquisite.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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janice

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#11 posted 305 days ago

Beautiful pieces, as always!

-- Janice

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BarbS

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#12 posted 305 days ago

Ah, Dusty, your cutting boards are stunners. I’m wishing now I could acquire more of this wood. And Karson, I’ll bet the Beech is gorgeous, too. I don’t know how many woods can develop Flame figure, but each one

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Roger

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#13 posted 304 days ago

Very nice Barb. Where did you get those kool brass(?) holders for your business cards? Thnx in advance.

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

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BarbS

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#14 posted 303 days ago

Thanks Roger. They’re actually gold-plated, and from Penn State Industries. They carry funnels for desk pens and lots of desk accessories. oh, the magnifying glass, too.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Dusty56

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#15 posted 303 days ago

Barb, I got the same card holders from Rockler. Don’t know how they compare price-wise to Penn State though.

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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