Cheese board with a dolphin and turtle "bowtie".

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Project by mahdee posted 05-17-2019 02:52 AM 901 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys and gals,
I have been working on this cheeseboard for a few weeks now mainly because the spalted section soaked up a lot more poly than the solid parts. The challenge for me was spraying thin coats, sanding and repeating the process until the spalted parts no longer soaked any more poly. I am thinking it took 12 layers to get it all even.
Anyways, the “mouth” appeared to look like an ocean wave and I used a turtle “bowtie” running away from the waves and a dolphin one jumping into it in an attempt to prevent cracks from expanding in those weak areas. They are cherry wood.
The wood was a broken branch of a spalted pecan tree that I bought locally and had it slicied to 1-1/2” slabs for $135. I really thought the whole thing was going to be used for smoke my fish and meat until I ran the slabs through the planer and saw all the beauty in the wood. Since then, I have made several pens from different chunks of that wood that turned out very well.
Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 05-17-2019 01:25 PM

Quite beautiful. Very interesting and attractive dutchman (bowties) there.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-17-2019 02:58 PM

Thank you, swirt.


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#3 posted 05-17-2019 03:36 PM

Very creative, I love it.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#4 posted 05-17-2019 04:28 PM

Thank you John. Appreciate the feedback.


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#5 posted 05-17-2019 05:31 PM

that is quite an eyefull – great foresight to envision such a piece

-- 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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#6 posted 05-17-2019 05:35 PM

Thank you Dick. I have a few more boards to plane and hope to find a few more patterns like this one.


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#7 posted 05-17-2019 08:58 PM

Great work with the saw (or chisel) to get those shapes – shows real skill as well as artistry.

Thanks for sharing


-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 05-18-2019 01:41 AM

Thank you John. I cut the dolphin and turtle shapes and then marked the lines and used a router to dig them out. With a little carving around the edges, I was able to hammer them in place.


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#9 posted 05-20-2019 01:00 AM

I love it, and the vision of the art that you could see in it.

-- Imitating is the best form of flattery

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#10 posted 05-20-2019 11:12 AM

Thank you Jim.


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