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Project by recycle1943 posted 03-18-2021 07:52 PM 688 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems that I always have more left overs and cut offs than any wood shop should have and that’s because I just can’t stand tossing a good looking hunk of wood in the trash. The other thing is that I don’t have a wood burner so I’m held up there also.
So, a couple weeks ago something snapped – yep it was a cut-off I had dropped on the floor and stepped on it. It was a thin strip of olive wood left over from probably a bowl blank and I decided that I needed to use some stuff up.
Short of rambling on and on and on, here’s what happened. When we were in Greek Isles several years ago I purchased a brass letter opener and had one heck of a time getting it back on the ship but I did and was using it when it struck me that a letter opener (s) would be a nice gift especially if it were made from special lumber.
I had some hunks of wild olive wood that I got from wildwoodbybrianjohns in a wood swap and had recently acquired some curly Koa from an undisclosed LJ’er in another wood swap.
So the process began – rather than pointing each one out you can use your arborist skills and name any and all species you might recognize in the pictures.
If there is one that you become especially fond of and can name the handle wood as well as the shaft wood point it out and send me your address and I’ll get it off to you via USPS and if the mood strikes you, drop the postage in the mail to me BUT the letter opener is FREE. I do have to say tho, I only have 22 of them and when they are gone, that’s all folks
a couple hints – curly maple & wormy chestnut You’re on your own for the rest of the lumber involved. Remember, you must name the handle and shaft lumber

Thanks for looking

Good luck and have a GREAT !! day

-- 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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ibewjon

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#1 posted 03-18-2021 08:11 PM

Beautiful work as always. Now you can do some forks to go with your bowls. Definitely better than burning the scrap.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#2 posted 03-18-2021 08:32 PM

Cool project, Dick. The olive-walnut combo looks real nice. The tiger stripe maple also looks real purdy. Those are brass-rod pegs, right?

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#3 posted 03-18-2021 08:40 PM

Nice work Dick! I love the design and the idea to use some scraps :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 03-18-2021 09:20 PM



Beautiful work as always. Now you can do some forks to go with your bowls. Definitely better than burning the scrap.

- ibewjon

Thanks, I would have done that long ago but I don’t promote my bowls for salad. There’s so much glue that if the finish was broken and liquid started leaching in I’m pretty sure bad things would happe. I’ve never taken the time to count the joints – -

-- 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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splintergroup

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#5 posted 03-18-2021 09:23 PM

Fine use for those hard to use cutoffs Dick! Unfortunately 99% of my snail-mail goes directly into the spam bucket so my letter opener is relegated to fingernail pickin’ 8^)

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 03-18-2021 09:26 PM



Cool project, Dick. The olive-walnut combo looks real nice. The tiger stripe maple also looks real purdy. Those are brass-rod pegs, right?

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Thanks Brian, yes they are brass pins and just decorative. The maple is from a tree that was blown over on the street a block away and I walked over to watch the guys cutting it up. They had a couple chain saws and a log splitter on the sidewalk cutting the tree up. When I walked up and looked at a hunk of firewood I could see the bright stripes and hollered at them ” that a curly maple tree” They said OK – it’s burn good. This treet was 4’ diameter and probably 50’ tall with limbs all over. They gave me a couple hunks and I threw them on the floor to dry for a while.

-- 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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recycle1943

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#7 posted 03-18-2021 09:27 PM



Nice work Dick! I love the design and the idea to use some scraps :-)

- HokieKen

Thanks Ken – it was a lot of fun putting the combos together

-- 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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recycle1943

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#8 posted 03-18-2021 09:32 PM



Fine use for those hard to use cutoffs Dick! Unfortunately 99% of my snail-mail goes directly into the spam bucket so my letter opener is relegated to fingernail pickin 8^)

- splintergroup

Thanks splinter – I like to open some of our mail because in the fall we get 15 or more calendars and before covid my wife volunteered to play piano at local nursing homes for sing alongs and she would take the calendars to the residents.

-- 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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recycle1943

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#9 posted 03-18-2021 09:34 PM

A couple more hints – Hawaiian curly Koa and Hawaiian Kiawe and oh yeah, some really attractive wild olive wood

-- 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 03-18-2021 10:25 PM

They are beautiful.
Love the combinations.

Bob

-- 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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pottz

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#11 posted 03-18-2021 10:30 PM

real nice way too use up scraps,would make nice gifts.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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recycle1943

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#12 posted 03-18-2021 10:36 PM

BobWemm

pottz

Thanks guys – pottz, guess a couple wood combos and it’s yours

-- 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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anthm27

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#13 posted 03-18-2021 11:11 PM

Nice work Dick, Opening letters without one is one of my frustrations in life,
Great job
Cheers
Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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mtnwild

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#14 posted 03-18-2021 11:15 PM

Such a great way to show off the different wood types.

When I first started working the wood I had no idea about how varied the wood came. Different trees with different patterns, natural and age related. I remember the first piece of a strongly quilted maple I was given, by a friend. It just about knocked me down. I had no idea. Really changed everything about how I looked at wood.


Don’t those wood cutters kill you. I’ve come across a few of them over time. All they know is that it will burn.. If they only knew the money they were burning.

Cool man!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 03-18-2021 11:31 PM

Anthony, thanks I hope all is well in your life

mtnwild – thanks. Yes lumber can be so varied, it’s hard to dream up what Mother Nature can do
These particular wood cutters were the property owners trying to keep the town council off their back because the tree fell on a public roadway and sidewalk. They actually did a fine job getting a mess cleaned up. I’d have taken a lo5 more of it if I had somewhere to store it to dry

-- 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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