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Project by Kirk posted 01-08-2009 01:08 AM 3114 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, here is what I got after cutting the trunk of a Salt-Cedar bush/tree.

I used the root to make a little box, and it didn’t turn out all that well. I want to split, chip out, and just wasn’t good.

Anyway, here is the trunk part, and you’ll notice splits which is more like a branch. The pieces are under 1” thick and the longest is under 12”. Not much to work with and what worst, I don’t have an idea what to make with it. It has been sitting outside for about 9 months and inside for about 3 months. It isn’t dry by any long shot. One board has a dark brown spot and that is because the bandsaw didn’t cut that straight.

So what do you all think? Is there anything left that is worth anything?

W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico





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Kirk

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#1 posted 01-08-2009 02:43 AM

Thanks Bentlyj. I was planning a box of sorts, but there are so many splits/gaps that may cause problems.

I also figure some people will suggest pens. But for me that wouldn’t be much fun.

The grain is what I like. If I was better at inlays, that is something I would like to do to show it off.

The real problem for me, the pieces are so small.

Thanks.
W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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4hisglory

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#2 posted 01-08-2009 03:07 AM

something like that is more than adequate for inlay work etc. Save it and use it as a decorative element in something you make. You could even do some marquetry with it.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~ www.passionforwoodworking.com

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hap

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#3 posted 01-08-2009 05:11 AM

look’s like clocks,or for relief carving wood.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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Kirk

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#4 posted 01-08-2009 05:41 AM

Clocks, that an new idea for me. I have been thinking along this line two way. First a little mantel or something like ‘Regulator’.

My ability to carve is out of the question. Too many broken knife tips.

W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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scottb

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#5 posted 01-08-2009 06:41 AM

if you can’t hide a “flaw”, highlight it.

there are some great boxes on this site with interesting tops. mix and match it with another wood for a nice contrast maybe. Fill the voids, leave them alone, use a couple of decorative butterflies to help keep the checks in check. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 01-08-2009 07:54 AM

How about one of those wine bottle holders?

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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