Score! #5: What RBS Brought for Me Today

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 12-08-2016 08:41 PM 1456 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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RBS (Really Big Thithter), and the kid she married about a hundred years ago, make one or two sojourns to Jerusalem, for a few months. Now, the last time the woman brought me a piece of wood, you may recall, it was a decrepit fence post she found walking around in the woods in Oregon. That score was a bust because it was just too punky to make any use of.
I just picked her up at LAX. We get home and I bring her suitcase in the house. She says, “I have something for you in here.” Whereupon she fetches out this well-wrapped cylindrical thing. I unwrap it, and what do I find? A small Olive log she’d picked up in Bethlehem, last May. Quite frankly, it’s miraculous that she got it into the country. Had she entered the U.S. in California then, Customs would probably have confiscated it. (Now, this is between you, me and the fencepost – don’t tell your criminal friends in the government that I have this.)
As though the story couldn’t get more interesting, RBS is spending about a week here – the kid she married will be here in a few days – before heading off to Israel. So, they were in Israel last May, where she got this hunk of Olivewood, packing it up and stashing it away, for me, Brought it home, to Montana, and delivered it here, by hand, seven months later. (As I recall, the Oregon stick as in their trailer for about two months.)
“What are you going to do with it?” she asks.
“I’ll probably blow an inch or two of dust off of it in a year or two, and try to figure out what it is.”
Whereupon I came out to the dungeon with it and decided to share the score with my Beloved Buddies. Which means that, in a year or two, I’ll blow off the dust, wonder what it is, and say to myownbadself, “I wrote down what this is. Where did I write it? Doggone it.”

If you have trouble making both ends meet, try making one end vegetables.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 12-08-2016 08:50 PM

Man, I see a gorgeous bowl in there!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 12-08-2016 09:49 PM

As you can tell by the ends, Charlie, there’s something extraordinary going on inside this log. It’ll tak me a while to figure how to bring it out. The log is only 4” diameter by an effective 5” length, so it’d make a pretty small bowl.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 12-08-2016 10:54 PM

That is an awesome piece of Olive wood Mark.
I’d probably send it over to Western Australia where a bloke I know would have no trouble making something out of it.
Otherwise that bloke will just have to wait until the inspiration strikes you.
All the best.

I can send you my (His) address if you like.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 12-08-2016 11:25 PM

I think that offset oval jig you were looking at could be employed to create a small dish/platter with 1/2 of the log (lengthwise).

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 12-09-2016 12:08 AM

Oooo Ahhhh purdy purdy purdy!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 12-09-2016 12:18 AM

i see pen blanks mark,although i can buy jerusalum olive wood here so i wont take yours.i know youll come up with something extraordinary.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 12-09-2016 01:24 AM

Be interested to see what you come up with Mark.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 12-09-2016 02:44 AM

You never know where the muse may find you! LOL! Put in a cardboard box with information so you can tell the story of what evolves.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 12-09-2016 03:51 AM

Very precious., Maybe one of those multi axes turning you have been working with, to show different area’s of the log and grain. But experiment with shape and design before you cut into this one. When you get a top 3 for your experiment, then it is OK to duplicate it on this piece.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 12-09-2016 03:00 PM

just don’t forget what it is and use it for firewood.

-- Smitty!!!

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#11 posted 12-09-2016 05:06 PM

Mark, you are so lucky! I wish I could have been in your workshop. That log is talking to me and I see several boots just waiting to carved!
Can’t wait to see your project completed!
Good turning!
The Bootman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#12 posted 12-09-2016 06:46 PM

Roman, it’s only 4”x5”. Very small boots you’d have, indeed.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 12-09-2016 06:47 PM

Smitty, no fireplace.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 12-09-2016 08:38 PM

Oh , man, is that very a pretty piece of wood. I smuggled in some Iron Bark from Australia like that and I just ran out last week.
wouldn’t it be nice to get a whole olive tree????

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 12-09-2016 08:54 PM

Jim, many people aren’t aware that Southern California was, at one time, the biggest producer of wine and olives, as well as many different nuts (go ahead, laugh now – I can wait) and citrus. Olive groves and vineyards go hand in hand. There are still tons of olive trees around. They’re mostly in parks and what not, so, even when they are cut/pruned/trimmed, the wood is off-limits. The only way one can get hold of any of it is if it’s on private land.
I’ve been told by Buddy Eli Adamit, who lives in Israel, that, during harvest times, he’s able to pick up all kinds of Olivewood on the roadsides.

-- Mark

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