Cocktail Muddlers

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Project by Lazlo posted 11-19-2017 08:06 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cocktail muddlers for your favorite cocktail! The larger one was my very first turning on the lathe; the smaller one was my second. Both are made from reclaimed maple flooring which was laminated into thicker blocks for turning. (Look closely at the smaller one – the glue line can be seen in the lower half of the muddler.)

Seems like there’s always some kind of story associated with reclaimed timber. Years ago, I responded to an ad by a guy who was offering “300 square feet” of maple flooring he’d salvaged out of an old school house, somewhere out there on the North Dakota prairie. I asked him if he was sure it was 300 square feet; he kind of smirked and said, “More like 500!” So we struck a deal. But as it turned out, even that estimate of his was a bit light, and in the end, the actual quantity was something north of 1,500 square feet! The choicest boards from the lot now grace my sunroom floor. I sold off most of the remaining, saving a few extra-choice figured pieces for who knows what. Then, one day, I bought a lathe….

Back to the muddlers: If you look closely at the larger turning, you’ll see two round holes: buckshot-induced, the product of some long-ago bird hunting season!

-- Lazlo

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#1 posted 11-20-2017 02:42 PM

These are very nice and practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 11-23-2017 04:06 AM

These looks great! I’ve bought a little reclaimed lumber here and there and it’s always nice to get a good background story, especially if you’re making something to sell, folks love a good story behind how something came to be. I’d love to have been on the bird hunting trip where buckshot was required! I’ve hunted nothing of the avian persuasion that couldn’t be taken out with #4 heavy housed in a 3” shell when well placed.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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