|Project by BenZ||posted 07-16-2008 02:43 AM||2009 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
This all started about a year back while I was helping a old friend of mine mill some lumber out at his place in good ol’ Floyd, VA. He owns a furniture company and their motto is “from the woods to your living room”. They do it all, hence the lumber milling. So, anyways, we were finishing up for the day and I saw a few pieces of “scrap” maple that he was going to throw in the fire pile and asked if I could have a few pieces to build something with. He gladly obliged due in part to the fact that all he was paying me at the time was a few cheeseburgers and knowledge about the business. These pieces then sat in my trunk for quite a while killing my gas mileage until I finally decided what I wanted to do and then convinced another buddy of mine to use his shop.
I wish I had a picture of when I first started, because the logs actually still had dead vines attached to them and the bark intact. The bark was removed with a hammer and small hatchet then the “live edge” sanded smooth. As soon as I took the first 1/8” off with the planer I knew I had hit the jackpot. The grain pattern, worm holes, and ambrosia were absolutely gorgeous and really went perfectly with the rustic feel I was going for. I could go on and on about the design process I went through (which felt like a seemingly never ending and ongoing process at the time), the lessons learned and the inspirations, but I have a few more boards to joint and sand before the night is over. So please enjoy the photos and let me know what you all think of the end product.
Thanks for reading and THANK YOU for providing all of us with a place to share and learn!
-E.B.Z. and thats IrieDog is the final pic, can you tell she is a spoiled pup? :)
-- E.B.Z. Virginia