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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-17-2013 09:48 AM 2225 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(No electrons were forced to work their way through wires in the creation of this project)

During my life I’ve spent a lot of time just sitting and thinking.
A huge amount of time.
A massive amount of time.
At a desk, on a bench, on a train, on a boat, on an aeroplane, on an airplane, even once on a submarine, or just walking about.
I often think that, if I’d spent all that time not-thinking, I’d be a Bodhisattva by now (5 1/2 minute video here).
Still, such was not my destiny.
Almost invariably when I’m sitting and thinking, I’m messing with something in my hands. For over a decade it was a pair of small stones from the Brecon Beacons – much merriment and mirth was had with these at airport security since I’m a believer in the “Samson” school of hair styling so I was invariably “randomly” searched, and, just between thee and me, since we’re all friends here and it’s not like any one is listening, these two stones were the spit of about 2 ounces of Red Lebanese.
For a while it was a pebble from a Ghanaian beach.

Anyway. I decided to make a “thinking stone” from wood – I’ve been wanting to try this “veneer sandwich pebble” thing for a while, and this seemed like an ideal vehicle. I’d also wanted to try a “hand tools only” project too. Again, since me and chisels, saws and other such hand tools don’t really get on, but I figure I’m in the top 90% when it comes to the use of sandpaper (oooo, arrogance – I have to work on that), this seemed ideal – there being no requirement to use owt but sandpaper.
A while ago I bought a mixed bag of veneer (I deferencially wai in the direction of Gene), and there was this very very small piece of who-knows-what that seemed fit for the purpose – that which you see here is all of it – it’s very slightly green, but the pictures don’t show that. That’s put onto a slab of something I found about 4 years ago – something mahoganyesque, I think, and the “cheese” in the sandwich is, again, something unknown from the mixed bag. In hindsight I think that piece was a mistake – you’re looking along the “stone” (henceforth I’m going to skip the quotes) and it’s going well – smooth, cool, elegant, stylish and then, out of the red – bam! – cheese in your face!
Having made the “stone” (OK, changed my mind – I’m sticking with the quotes), and polished up to 1000 since I knew, I just knew, that any defect, and scratch would just bug the hell out of me, if it wasn’t just so. As a simple “stone” it would sit on my desk, and get buried under the “stuff” that accumulates there between the decennial tidy. As a “focus” point for thought that just wasn’t acceptable.
So I made a base – similar veneers (although I think the lighter layer might be sapele) on beech. But that didn’t seem quite right either – just a lump of wood sitting on my desk – no differentiation between the “stuff” and the “stone”. So I put it on a little mushroomy shaped stand, also of beech.

It’s very smooth.
It’s nice to touch and fondle and slip between your fingers and from hand to hand.
This was the aim.
munus expletum

Mixed unknown veneers.
Finished with a little blood, environmentally sustainable sweat, toil from certifiably renewable sources, and una furtiva lagrima.
15cm x 11cm x 5cm

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 10:29 AM


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#2 posted 09-17-2013 01:10 PM

KnickKnack…could you repeat that please. Not sure I got it the first time

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 02:55 PM

Very cool… Looks like a winner… Thanks for sharing and all the best to future thoughts using this rubbing wood…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 03:43 PM

Very nice indeed. For what it’s worth, the ‘mahoganyesque’ appears extremely similar to the Padauk I’ve been working with lately. Not that it matters, it’s beautiful work regardless.

-- When at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer.

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 04:15 PM

Looks great|

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 09-17-2013 06:47 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 09-17-2013 06:50 PM



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

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#8 posted 09-17-2013 10:10 PM

A man with stones :-)

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#9 posted 09-17-2013 10:23 PM

Looks like a Pet Wood!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 09-18-2013 12:28 AM

These are great. Very clever job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 09-18-2013 05:37 AM

This is great…and the explanation was highly entertaining.

A few months ago my neighbor and I found ourselves sanding a hunk of walnut into a “stone”. I thought then that doing the same thing with a few subtle laminates would be really cool. I think you nailed it though. Truly a piece art.

Thanks so much for posting.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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