Candlestick holder from a pine limb knot

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Project by Condor1 posted 03-08-2012 07:07 PM 1486 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever wonder what a Pine Limb Knot would look like beneath the surface? These things fall in my yard all the time and I usually just use them to kiindle a fire in my shop heater. I’ve often wondered if you could make something out of one. So, to try something new I squared the base and drilled a 3/4” hole through the middle and glued in a piece of 3/4” dowel rod for strength. It was then attatched to a piece of scrap Walnut for the base. The Pine Knot became the stem of the candlestick holder. It looks something like a poor mans’ Burl.

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 08:03 PM

Cool- what great character. That is the beauty of woodworking- you can bring and ordinary natural piece to life!!

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 08:05 PM

I made a pen with something similar. Looks good, so does your candlestick. No poor man’s stuff here!

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 08:41 PM

I like it! Did you stain it or is it naturally that dark?

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 10:06 PM

Thanks! Tokolosi, I did stain the stem. When I started I had no idea what color the pine knot would turn out. In the raw state, it was different shades of red to dark red with a little pine color mixed in. If I had it to over again, knowing what I know now, I would have chosen a base that matched the color of the pine knot better than the Walnut. Bottom line. To salvage the project I had to staine it to match the base.

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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