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Project by deadhead posted 08-05-2006 11:57 PM 5832 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Deadhead” is a term ( at least in Florida ) used to describe wood that has been under water for a long time. A more scientific term for it may be “anaerobicaly cured”. Whatever you call it, it’s good stuff. Thoroughly cured and stable after the lake, river, or stream water evaporates. A bonus here in the south is that much of our water has a high tannic acid content that imparts a rich golden patina to the pine and cypress that was logged at the turn of the century and rafted to the sawmill. Some logs were natural “sinkers” and never made it to the mill. These logs are now very valuable. A state permit is required to salvage them. I have a friend who is a commercial salvage diver who finds these logs, raises them, and turns them into finished lumber. The butt ends and slabs I turn into functional sculpture. The beauty of the wood is inherent, a result of natural phenomena. My job is to recognize and release it. The cabinet pictured is 5 ft. 6 inches tall and finished with half and half Watco Natural Oil and satin polyurethane wet sanded with 300 to 600 grit paper.

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#1 posted 08-07-2006 06:22 AM

Excellent use of a tree.

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#2 posted 08-10-2006 06:14 PM

excellent. truly one of a kind.

-- DaneA

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 08-23-2006 12:09 AM

Very nice, & creative art. They’ve been harvesting old timber along the shores of Lake Superior. They get a premium price for it, & it’s beautiful stuff. This piece must have been hollow when found. It would take forever to carve it out.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 09-07-2006 05:20 PM

I love this! It is very original and the turtle base is very unique. Well done!

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#5 posted 05-09-2007 05:44 PM

I was just doing the “Shuffle” to try to come up with an idea or two…. Great woodworking makes great art. This is really good work!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 05-10-2007 01:47 PM

wow. Very creative, unique, amazing, beautiful….... and the descriptive word list goes on and on.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 05-10-2007 01:56 PM

Very nice use of our older natural woods.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 05-16-2007 03:42 AM

love it.

-- chris lambkin

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#9 posted 05-16-2007 03:47 AM

Beautifully done!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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