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Project by cross_wings_wood posted 07-27-2019 11:50 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started working with The Crossing, a vocational school near Stan Creek, Belize last year. The guys in the wood shop are great to work with and eager to learn new build ideas. We stayed about a week and worked with them on several projects to sell in their new Gallery on the Hummingbird highway.

We built a fishing net, small Mahi Mahi-backed adirondack chair as a display case, a solid teak night stand, coffee table and contoured bar stool. We also started making patio chairs for a local ex-pat customer.

All this to say, they have access to an amazing assortment of the most beautiful hardwoods including: mahogany, teak, rosewood, bloodwood, santa maria … and few others I can’t remember. Sometimes it felt like I’d died and gone to woodworker’s heaven.

The weather didn’t permit any fly fishing trips on this trip but definitely plan to get out on the water next time. Sadly, this is a woodworking forum so posting fly fishing pic’s wouldn’t likely be welcome anyway.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 07-27-2019 02:17 PM

Looks like a good experience for all involved, thanks for sharing.

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 07-27-2019 04:14 PM

Thanks for this post. Belize is on our bucket list.

-- 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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#3 posted 07-27-2019 07:17 PM


Sadly, this is a woodworking forum so posting fly fishing pic s wouldn t likely be welcome anyway.

- MUST58GT

Show a few nets you made and I could look at fish pictures too.

I think a1jim hit it, looks like smiling faces all around, which is always good.

-- Think safe, be safe

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swirt

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#4 posted 07-28-2019 02:14 AM

Very cool work you have done there. That mahi-mahi backed chair looks pretty cool.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#5 posted 07-28-2019 11:06 AM

Looks like a great experience.

-- Petey

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 07-28-2019 11:47 AM

Very nice work and story! I’ve been to Belize and have seen many beautiful items that they make from their beautiful woods.
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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cross_wings_wood

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#7 posted 07-28-2019 12:22 PM



Very cool work you have done there. That mahi-mahi backed chair looks pretty cool.

- swirt

Thanks, I really enjoy wood carving. Don’t do that often enough. Here’s a slightly better shot of the finished piece.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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htl

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#8 posted 07-28-2019 02:44 PM

Super nice work and sounds like a great place to get some wood working done,
but there’s a fish in the last picture and No fish allow in here!!! LOL

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cross_wings_wood

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#9 posted 07-28-2019 04:30 PM


... there s a fish in the last picture and No fish allow in here!!! LOL

- htl

Ouch, busted!

a1jim, gene, therealsteven, swirt, peteybadboy, woodshavertonyc, htl,
Thanks for all the feedback. Am hoping to make a couple more trips this year.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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TomGrin

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#10 posted 07-29-2019 10:34 PM

You are always welcome to sneak in a fish picture.

Here is a picture of a net I made.

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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cross_wings_wood

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#11 posted 07-30-2019 10:12 AM



You are always welcome to sneak in a fish picture. Here is a picture of a net I made.

- TomGrin

Thanks, nice! I really enjoy all aspects of net making. Lot’s of opportunity for creativity and showcasing the potential of your craft.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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