Maple Oilfield Beams

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Project by magicgil posted 07-19-2019 11:27 PM 795 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine in Rockport Tx has a saw mill. He was offered all these beams if he would haul them himself. They are about fifteen feet long and either 6×6 or 8×8. They are used at drilling rigs. They are laid down around the rig to form a foundation so the trucks and equipment will not get stuck in the mud. It gets really wet around drilling rigs. As you can imagine they stay in mud and water for a long time. They are Maple so that they will last longer. Eventually they must be replaced. We don’t know how the guy that gave them to him got them, and I’m not sure why my buddy was crazy enough to spend a whole week hauling them to his place. I’m sure glad he did though. When we put one on the mill and sliced it we both nearly fainted. I guess being wet for so long is what caused the massive spalting. He gave me a few of chunks to bring back home and the bowl and box is what I made from those pieces. I carved the bowl and decided to inlay a deer antler into the edge of it and inlayed crushed turquoise in the voids. The box is a Lois Ventura band saw box pattern and the drawer pulls are made from Padauk. I thought the color went well with the spalt. By the way, a good way to crush turquoise is to use a bean grinder. Get a cheap one and use it untill the blades wear off. Then get another cheap one.

-- Gil, Houston,TX,

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#1 posted 07-19-2019 11:29 PM

I have no idea why the pics of the beams posted upside down!?

-- Gil, Houston,TX,

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#2 posted 07-19-2019 11:35 PM

Beautiful bowl and box. The spalting really stands out, and welcome to LJs. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 07-19-2019 11:38 PM

Great bowl MagicGil,
I like your sense of design and what you can do with your bowls. The deer antler sure add a rustic feel to it. The spalting in that maple is very striking.
Great job Sir.

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#4 posted 07-20-2019 01:01 AM


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

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#5 posted 07-20-2019 02:32 PM

wow, nice the way the antler works in.


-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 07-20-2019 02:57 PM

Love that bowl, it’s very creative. Welcome to LJ’s and congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#7 posted 07-20-2019 03:57 PM

upside down picture

Nice bowl and boxes

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#8 posted 07-20-2019 08:58 PM

-- 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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#9 posted 07-21-2019 06:26 AM

Gill, looks like these would make great boxes. Pretty stuff.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 07-28-2019 06:14 PM

Nice evolution!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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