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« Topic Start: March 21, 2009, 02:08:50 pm »

I began this bowl yesterday and finished it today- about three hours total carving time. 

http://matrinka69.livejournal.com/387579.html

I'll keep myself from typing too much- click the link!
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« Reply #1: March 21, 2009, 04:53:18 pm »

I'll keep myself from typing too much- click the link!

It looks nice.  What type of wood is it?
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« Reply #2: March 21, 2009, 07:31:52 pm »

It looks nice.  What type of wood is it?

This is swamp oak.  It's one of the trees we've cut to clear our new house site.  I'm not sure how old that tree was, but it was in the 40-60 year range, and dying back badly so even had it not been right where we're building, it would have come down for safety.  We've got another tree to come down for safety reasons, too.  It is covered with bolls, and I'll be gathering as many as I can to carve.

I just brought home a piece of wood to make an altar table from- Osage orange.  That should be pretty.  It's yellow wood.  I have to age this piece carefully, as it has a central crack I'm no doubt going to have to do some work to repair.  I'll probably have to cut dovetails to rejoin the pieces in the end, as I'm pretty sure it is going to cleave itself in two during the drying process.  It's hardwood, and the tree is 40 years old, but had to come down.  It was trying to kill Mom every year.  She's nearly been brained by falling fruits (they're big, heavy things) and tripped a dozen times on the hidden ones in the grass, so down it finally came.  I hovered and got our friend who was doing the cutting to slice me off a nice piece.
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« Reply #3: March 22, 2009, 08:25:03 am »

This is swamp oak.

It really has character. I like it.

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I just brought home a piece of wood to make an altar table from- Osage orange.  That should be pretty.  It's yellow wood.

It should be pretty. I hope it does split on you as it dries, but if it already has a crack you will really have to baby it -- and probably have luck on your side too.

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Sadly, trees like that need to be way out in the yard -- not on well-traveled paths.
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« Reply #4: March 22, 2009, 09:36:15 am »

It really has character. I like it.

It should be pretty. I hope it does split on you as it dries, but if it already has a crack you will really have to baby it -- and probably have luck on your side too.

Sadly, trees like that need to be way out in the yard -- not on well-traveled paths.

I have a handful of bolls aging on the railing.  They will keep my hands busy in the evenings for a while.

The Osage orange almost surely will split.  But, that'll give me an opportunity to work on my joinery skills, so that's okay.  Can't have it be too easy or I will get bored with the work.
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