|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 04-04-2014 03:43 AM||905 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I made this silly little geegaw due to a desperate need to cut into some White Ash as explained below. My wife laughed when I said this was her new ‘Ash Scratcher’. It’s long enough to reach her feet while sitting in the recliner. Carved with a hand, complete with claws on one end, and a hook to hang it by on the other it’s about 27” long and has a Tung Oil finish. Not much to it and the pictures are self-explanatory.
I love wood – particularly White Ash and had asked a friend in East Tennessee to watch out for some. He called to say he found some well seasoned mountain White Ash at a great price, so I asked him to grab it for me. He also had a fresh cut walnut log about 12” in the butt by 18 feet long (in two pieces) so I drove there to fetch the load back home.
I was pretty pumped driving home with my treasure but had to deal with the log first. The bark had to be skinned off, then the two pieces painted all over to seal them before storing them off the ground in the far back of my yard. I figure it will take 3-5 years for the log to dry, so I have to plan to live at least that long yet to use the wood. The last picture shows it stored out back before covering it with plastic – which I shall do tomorrow, always allowing for plenty of ventilation!
Anyway, I got anxious (desperate really) to finally cut into some of that beautiful White Ash. I’ve got 300 BF of it now, most of it in 11” to 12” in width, and roughly 9 feet long. It is all now stacked vertically in my garage workshop – except for the piece I lopped off to make my wife Annie this silly little Ash Scratcher!
Whoo Hoo! Boy isn’t that some pretty wood!
-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!