Talk About "One Man's Junk"

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Project by GrandpaD posted 07-17-2008 09:36 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have never been ask to do this before and will probably never again. I have a friend that works in a machine shop and somehow they adopted a pet duck. They fed it and worked with it until it would come into the shop and take food out of their hands. They named the duck “Oil Can Harry” because he would tip over their oil cans and wallow in the oil. Well …. Harry came up missing one day and they found feathers and his remains in a nearby yard next to the dog house. My friend ask me to make Harry a tombstone because they wanted to give him a proper burial. This is what I came up with: I took an 8/4 piece of oak and carved the duck and letters which reads “Here lies Oil Can Harry – Shop Mascot – 2005-2008”. I finished it off with 4 coats of Spar urathane. Yea! This is certainly one man’s junk and a shop full of men’s treasured memories of a pet duck named “Oil Can Harry”!

-- GrandpaD, Painesville, Ohio -

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#1 posted 07-17-2008 09:46 PM

nicely done! is it all hand carved? or did you use any powertools to remove most of the material?

my friend had a dog, and the neighbors used to have ducks that would make a lot of noise during the night… one night it was silent…

sorry to hear about Harry though.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 07-17-2008 11:09 PM

Sorry to hear about Harry, Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 07-17-2008 11:28 PM

Was Harry really all he’s quacked up to Be? Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 07-17-2008 11:38 PM

Sorry for the loss! I think Harry will rest in piece aft his horrific death. I enjoyed the story abs sentiment, thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#5 posted 07-18-2008 02:42 PM

Good story and nice tombstone – I’d like to hear about the process for carving the letters

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#6 posted 07-18-2008 03:20 PM

I think it’s great that you made such a beautiful thing for a tragic event. Nice job.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 07-18-2008 04:08 PM

Hi Grandpa;

I hate it when that happens!

You really did an excellent job on the “tombstone” The carving work is fantastic.


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#8 posted 07-18-2008 08:37 PM

A very nice job of carving!

The trouble with poor Harry is he must have trusted everyone, even a Dog.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 07-21-2008 03:36 PM

A fitting tribute to a pet, NICELY DONE ! ! !

-- NW wood worker

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#10 posted 07-23-2008 10:56 PM

a beautiful story; wonderful tribute and magnificent workmanship!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 08-05-2008 12:00 AM

Great story. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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