Highlights of the Past Couple Weeks

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Project by DustyNewt posted 06-25-2010 05:56 AM 1895 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been adding woods to my arsenal.

Pic #1 – Madrone Burl ~ Just received today. Smells like cotton candy (to me) when cutting it. Beautiful, cloudlike grain.

Pic #2 – Pau Amarello (Yellowheart) with an inlaid Paduak heart. Experimenting…

Pic #3 – Purpleheart and Mesquite. The purpleheart color is wonderful though the grain is a bit boring. Mesquite, I love to work with and enjoy putting the finish on.

Pic #4 – Cocobolo. I got this last week and am enamored with the richness of this rosewood. My newest favorite.

Pic #5 – Walnut and Zebrawood. The customer suggested the combo and I was a bit apprehensive, but it work out pretty well. This is one of my SweetHeart Keychains. The names are on both sides of the keychain.

Pic #6 – Cumaru (Brazilian teak). This wood was in a “Keychain for Cut-offs” swap I did last November. Nice wood to work and finishes well. HARD

These are all cut freehand on a bandsaw. No computer “bytes” are harmed in the production of my keychains.

Thank you for looking.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 06:00 AM

Wow! Of course, the woods are beautiful, but you’ve got to say some more about your cutting method… you said “all cut freehand on a bandsaw” ... I think I get it, but can you elaborate some? I really like it… I can’t say that I’ve seen that technique before.


-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 06:03 AM

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 06:16 AM

Thanks again a1Jim.

Hi Spence, I have been trying to get my photographer cousin over to do a video on my production methods and post to YouTube, but our schedules have not been cooperative. Basically, I start with a 5/8×5/8” billet of wood, tick off the letter spaces with the 1/8” bandsaw blade, drill the holes for the “insides” of closed letters then go to town and carve with the bandsaw.

Guaranteed not to break for life. Mine, or until they take away my sharp implements.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 11:40 PM

i would have bet scroll saw with a pattern. your freehand penmanship in wood is soooo much better than mine on paper. i would love to watch you do this.

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 03:13 AM

I can kind of imagine the process, but I’m sure if I did this, it would come out a lot uglier. I’d love to see a video.


-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 03:48 AM

these are great !

i like your guaranty too ,

although it is more confining than the one i give with boxes .

‘guaranteed for life , mine , yours , or the box , which ever comes first’ lol .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 05:53 AM

How about the 10-10 guarantee? 10 feet or 10 seconds, which ever comes first.

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#8 posted 06-26-2010 03:13 PM

Ya’ll are a HOOT! Thanks for bringing smiles my way after a grueling twelve at the mill.

I will work on getting a video together. It would probably be good for sales as well as giving all of you an idea or two to share.

Gawd! I’ll have to clean my shop!

-- Peace in Wood ~

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