May look PLAIN, but end result is BEAUTIFUL and USEFUL

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Project by bushmaster posted 06-15-2019 03:32 AM 2949 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A day ago my wife received a call from A Native lady living a short distance away. She had heard I had a lathe and maybe could make one. She didn’t know what a lathe was and all the measurement she gave my wife I didn’t know what she wanted. I made arrangements t meet her there and find out what she wanted. She was taking a had making class there and needed a mold to weave the cedar bark on to. This is the one they had there , now it makes sense and went home with a picture.

That was yesterday morning, went home and laminated a bunch of boards up.

Ended up being quite a large piece of wood, my scrape iron lathe was up to the job. It wasn’t long before I had a similar shaped mold.

I Then texted the lady that she could come and see if it was satisfactory, She was so excited to see it and how it was made. The smile, was ^payment enough. Nice to do things that people appreciate and brings them happiness

This one she brought to show me the end result, it was made by the instructor Isn’t it Beautiful

Hope you found this interesting, not an everyday project. It was a learning experience for me too.
Comments appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 06-15-2019 03:54 AM

Great job Brian and the story to go with it.

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

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Joanne Sauvageau

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#2 posted 06-15-2019 04:08 AM

I love it! What a wonderful idea! I’d like to make one to make leather hats! Maybe weave one too!

-- Joanne Sauvageau

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#3 posted 06-15-2019 04:34 AM

We had somthing similar in the army
Is it hollow or solid… if its solid I hope you carried it home for her!

What is the timber?.. it looks like oregon or AKA Douglas Fir.

I want to see you modeling it its going to challlenge Kenny

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 06-15-2019 04:47 AM

As you said, and interesting project.

However, it’ll never fly… and where’s the little green men? Do like the cloaking device (l2nd. gallery happy-snap)!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 06-15-2019 04:59 AM

Rob castle. Yes it is sollid, once turned down it is not that heavy, as the wood is hemball. Most likely you have never heard of it. Here in the Pacific north west, the hemlock and balsam can cross. Wood is a lot lighter and softer than hemlock. I had got it as ends from a local mill that cuts hemlock railroad ties, some of the trees that comes in is this lighter softer wood.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 06-15-2019 05:07 AM

I thought it was a replica of the Close Encounters mashed potatoes at first. But that is an interesting story. When you see these hats for $5 in mexico you don’t really think about how they make em.

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#7 posted 06-15-2019 05:17 AM

Way to go Brian! You made Ella some kind of happy!

-- Tucker - Hazelton, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 06-15-2019 05:42 AM

Indeed, final result is so good

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-15-2019 06:55 AM

This makes me smile!


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#10 posted 06-15-2019 08:20 AM

Great project! Thanks a lot for sharing the story behind!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#11 posted 06-15-2019 08:30 AM

Corrrect never heard of it Brian
Odd that is used for railway sleepers, here its now Concrete but was our WA Jarrah and weighty for sure.

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 06-15-2019 12:40 PM

Good karma project Brian.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 06-15-2019 01:14 PM

I’m glad to see that you were able to help this lady. Too many of the old crafting methods are being lost and I think our society is the worst for it. IMO you earned a big attaboy from Karma.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#14 posted 06-15-2019 01:39 PM

Good onya, Brian.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 06-15-2019 02:18 PM

That’s pretty awesome! I love it when you can turn something practical and useful for people who make things.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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