Not the prettiest thing in the world....

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Project by ghazard posted 03-05-2010 03:16 AM 2229 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife and I were camping with some friends on Lake Monroe in central Indiana. It was the first time we had been there but our friends family has been camping there for many years and have become close with the people in the joining camp sites. A few times a year a large group gets together for a cornhole tournament.

Earlier in the afternoon, some of the guys found a chunk of wood that had an anatomical looking “growth” on it and decided, after a dew drinks, that it would make a fine trophy for the winners of the tournament. And so this chunk of wood, with its uncomfortable looking growth, was awarded to the winning team, which happened to be…my wife’s team. (teams are picked at random…I was out early. :(. She talked her partner out of the useless chunk of wood so it came home with me!

Someone identified it as soft maple and that looks about right…though I have nothing to back that up with.

I had grand plans of cutting up the burl but realistically, I don’t have the tools to do that safely so I did the next best thing. Stripped off the bark, cleaned it up with a plane, sanded it down, applied some wipe on poly and presto…an only slightly less uncomfortable looking maple burl, butt it sure is shiny! Excuse the pun.

It will go back to the camp ground as the trophy for the next tournament…

Thanks for looking….


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 03:18 AM

oooo, i bet that would be REAL pretty if you were to cut it up.

it is rather an odd shape, no? :)

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 03:53 AM

It’s odd. I think I would have made it into a bowl. Well, as a trophy, maybe I would have turned it into a trophy cup. Must say that I love burls and strange wood growths.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 04:13 AM

I think that it look great as it is. Nice work, drill a hole in the back and hang it on the wall.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 04:16 AM

Maybe I am hallucinating but, if you include the discoloration on top of the burl, it looks like a turkey to me! Regardless, a nice job of polishing.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 06:08 AM

Would make a nice hollow form…

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 08:47 AM

Gnarly, but precious!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 01:49 PM

“Butt it sure is shiny.”

Come on, guys. It’s a cornhole trophy.

(I’m betting there’s a lot of folks on here that do not know about cornhole. I think it is pretty much a midWest game.)

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 03-05-2010 02:44 PM

Who knows what that “uncomfortable looking growth” has gone through.

Keep it, preserve it.

Long live the trophy!

— Peter

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 04:00 PM

Maybe Post Winners Names & Year on the back?

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 06:11 PM

I was thinking about adding a plaque of some sort but I just got on a roll and decided I could finish it without spending any money on it…quick and dirty…because who knows how long it will stay around.

I have to work on my cornhole skills so I can win it back and add to it!

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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