Woodcraft

tonyturley

Legend
Location
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Real Name
Tony
A dozen or so years ago, I came across a decent size Black Cherry tree that had been hit by lightning and fell. From the state of the bark and some of the rot, it had been down for months if not years, but I went back with a chain saw and collected about as much as I could get in my car. Some ended up as firewood, and the better pieces were cut and stacked to be dried in our garage or downstairs in the shop. There they have stayed until I recently decided to do something with them. I took a few of the pieces and stacked them so the grain was all in the same direction for a bowl blank. The weather turned out so nice today, I moved both cars out of the garage and spent a few hours rough shaping a simple bowl. Nothing fancy, and it has lots of cracks and worm holes, but I had a lot of fun.

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drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Location
Virginia
Real Name
Steve
Making a top for a small bookcase. A friend who runs a sawmill let me know she had some thornless mesquite available--different from regular mesquite having less voids. This particular mesquite was developed by a biologist at Texas A&M Kingsville. He also built the house I now have and there lots of mesquite throughout, floors and kitchen cabinets, but none of the thornless variety.
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tonyturley

Legend
Location
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Real Name
Tony
One less Prunus serotina on our little tract of land. There was a gnarled, partially rotted Black Cherry at the base of the steep hill in the woods below the house. I cut it down yesterday afternoon, and sealed the ends of a couple of pieces I wanted to keep to prevent checking, which happens fast in newly cut wood. This morning I finished cutting the tree into manageable chunks, saving the better pieces for future woodcraft projects, and leaving the partially rotted bits for nature's disposition. The majority of what you see here has been stacked carefully in our storage shed for drying and use as firewood a year from now. The Buck saw is extremely sharp, and made short work of the cutting.

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tonyturley

Legend
Location
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Real Name
Tony
I spent all morning digging for buried treasure in the rain, in this case, the root ball from the dodgy Black Cherry I cut down last week. No wonder people charge so much for these things; that was tough to do, and I was beginning to wonder if I'd find all the hidden branch roots holding it in the ground. When I first began, the temperature was mild and there was just a very light drizzle that actually stopped for a while. Then the drizzle returned a bit harder, and the temperature began to drop. I probably should have stopped, but I reasoned that I was already wet and filthy, and really didn't want to wait until tomorrow and get filthy again. By the time I was done, I was cold and soaked to the skin, but I got my prize. The things we do for our hobbies.

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tonyturley

Legend
Location
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Real Name
Tony
Here's the root ball after sealing the end grain with Anchorseal, a waxy emulsion that prevents the log from drying too quickly and developing cracks. This is a large piece, and will have to be split down the middle to fit on my lathe. When the time comes, it should make for a couple of nice bowls with some wild grain patterns.

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tonyturley

Legend
Location
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Real Name
Tony
Yet another grab of FoG wood (Found on Ground). Another nice chunk of Black Cherry. There's a spot about 5 minutes from my house where someone is dumping tree mulch and log fragments. I cruised past this morning and found this, which will have to be trimmed several inches to fit on my lathe. Free wood is always cool.

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tonyturley

Legend
Location
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Real Name
Tony
I ordered a chunk of Mesquite from Arizona, USA, and the seller surprised me with a smaller bonus piece in the box. Today I worked on making a winged bowl from the smaller piece. This is where I stopped for the day. I left some of the bark on the sides for visual appeal, and soaked that with wood stabilizer and left it to cure overnight. Then comes final sanding and a couple coats of Howard's Feed-N-Wax.

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