Cedar Shells

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Project by Bill posted 03-02-2014 03:12 PM 1957 views 15 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is something I really wanted to make last year, but didn’t have the skills to figure it out. Then knotcurser posted one a little while ago with links to Steve Garrisons video I watched the video, read his books, and was finally able to figure it out. I burned the first three attempts, was only slightly OK with the next three (the ones in the last pic) and thrilled with the last two. The three are walnut, the first two are red cedar. the first stand is silver maple, and the second is curly maple, turned in the square bowl style. Finished with wipe on poly and waxed and buffed.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 03-02-2014 03:15 PM

Outstanding work!Wood looks great.Shells ofcourse too!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 03:42 PM

Beautiful and complex job. Aside from just carving them I can’t see how they are done. Guess I’ll have to watch the videos too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 03:44 PM

I’ve seen these and marvelled at them as well but your personal creative touches make these ones really special.
I love your work, nice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 03:47 PM

Excellent work

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 04:23 PM

Outstanding work. The shells are beautifully done. Thanks for sharing the video link with us.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 03-02-2014 04:31 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 03-02-2014 04:35 PM

We should know that there is nothing short of Perfection from your shop. Excellent job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-02-2014 04:40 PM

wow, I really want to try making these when I get a chance, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#10 posted 03-02-2014 05:05 PM

Really beautiful

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#11 posted 03-02-2014 05:27 PM

Those are great and on my bucket list to learn. My wife would love some. I watch the video and it looks doable with some practice. Thanks for the link!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#12 posted 03-02-2014 05:28 PM

Beautifully designed and carried out impressive and beautiful Great Work !

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

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#13 posted 03-02-2014 05:40 PM


-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 03-02-2014 05:59 PM

They all look really great, but I think the red cedar ones have a bit more character with the contrasting sapwood.

Great work!


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#15 posted 03-02-2014 06:05 PM

Those are beautiful. I don’t think I could ever make one!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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