FIREWOOD BLOCK, sometimes it takes allot of trimming before you find a usable piece

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Project by bushmaster posted 04-21-2018 02:31 AM 11959 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cheap way to go, but the result can be priceless, The cuttings can be turned into heat energy though. Wanted to make a winged vase like I seen in a book, so started with a crotch section of the tree. Cut, cut and cut some more, not much left, change of plans. Just mount on the lathe and see what comes out, thinking of a box now as I had done a few of them. Two of them on the same blank, I had seen one like that to. No, a few chisel cut and I think it is a cup cup. Most likely will collect odds and ends that turns up in the washing machine from my pockets, nails screws, nuts bolts and sometimes money.
Anyway it sat outside too long or maybe just long enough as the spaulting was eye catching.

Salvaged two little pieces that I tuned into salt and pepper shakers

They look good together

That day I also had part of a burl that I was making a hollow turning out of, the best part, I cut through so that ended that project. I managed to salvage a smaller piece and turn a small box. Poor but the grain is nice. I put a marble on the top as I haven’t turned a finial yet.

My day turning, the day was actually in March, when there was allot of snow on the ground.

All my scraps did keep me worm but I had to take the heater out of the shop as the insurance rate got too high, $3800.00, reduced by $2000.00, Will be putting in a outdoor wood boiler. Wish those in California would quit burning down their houses, we all have to help pay.

Thanks for looking and listening to my sob story, Leave a comment if if you have the time. Thanks

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 04-21-2018 02:52 AM

Well First—Very nice turnings! AS USUAL!

Then—idiots always manage to cost the rest of us MONEY!

Wood heat and “no common sense” are a disaster waiting to happen!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 03:23 AM

Nice save Brian

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 04-21-2018 04:22 AM

Love the figure in the timber Brian, your turning have done it!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 04-21-2018 06:44 AM

Indeed priceless.


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#5 posted 04-21-2018 06:46 AM

Most beauteous, Brian.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 04-21-2018 07:00 AM

Brian, I like your turnings. Strange how wood on the brink of returning to soil can be so beautiful. We should all be so lucky.

$2000 will buy a lot of heat. If you can build just a metal roof with no walls over your outside unit it makes it much easier to store wood and not be in the worst of the weather. The outside furnace will hold up a lot better too. I put a set of rollers just beyond the swing of the door. It let me roll bigger wood into the furnace and not find myself in awkward or hot positions. If you design it so the rollers can be moved into or very near to the door on the furnace, it is even better. I had a hinged “slide” that would fold down and let fall into the furnace door. I could still throw in little stuff, but once I lifted bigger wood onto the rollers I just slid the wood in.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 04-21-2018 09:14 AM

Stunning piece of wood Brian, luckily you didn’t burn it.
I love the spalting patterns.


-- 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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#8 posted 04-21-2018 10:22 AM

Worth all the work, beautiful.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 04-21-2018 10:56 AM

flames in the furnace will never look that good

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 04-21-2018 11:26 AM

With the help of mother nature and imagination, some of us can do wonders, Bravo well done.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 04-21-2018 11:47 AM

beautiful Brian …..GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 04-21-2018 04:42 PM

Beautiful pieces, Brain. That grain is just super!!


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

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#13 posted 04-21-2018 05:17 PM

All that chopping and cutting surely proved wortwhile, those are beautiful pieces.
What gave you the vision to realize what was really in that “firewood”?

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#14 posted 04-21-2018 08:21 PM

I just think of the beautiful boots I could have made with that wood. Nice work!

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

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#15 posted 04-21-2018 09:06 PM

Way to go Brian great bunch of “saves”.
You,ll never beat the boys who make the rules mate they always win, stay warm all the same :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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