Beautiful Wild Olive Wall Clock - Made from the Roots

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Forum topic by Pieter_hb posted 05-28-2016 09:57 AM 633 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2016 09:57 AM

Hi Everyone

I made this wooden wall clock from the root parts of a dead Wild Olive tree, that grew in South Africa’s Highveld region and are speculated to have been more than 300 years old when it eventually died.

First of all I made lots of small blocks from the root branches. I then glued it painstakingly together, night after night, with one peace at a time.

The whole project took me several weeks to complete.

The clock’s dimensions is as follows: It is 3 cm thick and about 31 cm in diameter.

The little red part in the upper part is a hole, which I still intend on making, maybe a small red butterfly there,

with glossy red paint?



N.S. These type of projects takes way too much time to sell and thus I only made it to enjoy myself. It now hangs proudly in my sleeping room.

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 11:16 AM

Just stunning.
I’ve always admired olive wood, but rarely have the money to afford it.

As far as the hole, what do you think of filling it in with something like that turquoise filler the woodturners use on bowls and such? It comes in almost any color.
And you should put this in the Projects. Who knows, might get a Daily Top 3 !

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 02:59 PM

Hi Tennessee

Thanks, appreciate.

As you know yourself, Wild Olive is extremely hard and thus can be sanded to a near glass finish.

I used a 1200 grain sandpaper for the finish and then you can even see yourself in its reflection.

I use Pratliglo. It is a high-gloss polymer coating for beginners and works very well to cover small holes, etc.

Thanks for the tip about the Projects. Did not know about it.

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