A couple of pot stirrers

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Project by NaFianna posted 09-03-2013 12:42 AM 826 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was helping a friend move an old shed to the bottom corner of his garden. Much to his wifes chagrin we had to ‘prune’ a couple of lower branches of one of the trees. So I thought I would make her something
from the prunings. Wood is Totara.
I was a bit unsure about the wood and if it would be suitable, the branch was less than 3inches thick. I carved it very green (1 day old). Rough carved to shape then microwaved it over a couple of days then finished and sanded. Tung oil gave it a lovely transluscent shimmer.
Tools used – Totara Branch – chisel – rasp – microwave – lots of sanding to 600 grit – tung oil. Wood has lovely silky finish.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 11:43 AM

Lots of character in those branches. Very nicely done ! Very kind of you to do such a kind thing for a friend ! “goodon’ya”.

don schneider havana fl.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 11:53 AM

Lovely spoons. You got a great finish on them.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 11:58 AM

Nice work and a unusual wood.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 02:11 PM

His wife made out like a bandit! You turned her chagrin into a ‘grin’. Never heard of Totara.. so I looked it up and there are actually songs written about it. Nice work…. beautiful finish!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 10:22 PM

Thanks guys. Murch, the finish is entirely in the wood – no real skill or effort here. Totara looks vaguely like a large Yew.
The spoons seem to be holding up well with use.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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