|Project by dingle||posted 03-12-2014 06:19 AM||822 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a project that I was making for my wife in my shop in Arizona. I visited the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and visited a vendor that had various sea shells from the Phillipines. I chose this thinking it would make a nice candy dish mounted on a piece of attractive wood. I chose a piece of Mesquite that I found at a saw mill located on the Northeast edge of Casa Grande Arizona. This was a small piece of slab wood which I finished and bored to seat the Nautilus Pompilius shell in. I spend several hours on the boring and finishing the wood base. I stored the shell on my bench in my shed and upon finishing the base, I found that a wrench had fallen off the hook it was on above the work bench and landed on the shell and knocking a large hunk out of the top. I managed to find the largest piece and epoxied back into the hole. There were some smaller chips that I could not find. I was absolutely discouraged, but went a head and finished it. It is very attractive and maybe next year I can replace it with a shell that is not broken. I used a Forstner bit to begin the carving process, used a grinder to get to the depth, sander to finish, several coats of gloss polyurethane, epoxy to attach the shell to the base.