Lemon Verbena Book Ends

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Project by Dan Lyke posted 02-22-2013 12:51 AM 2038 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago, Charlene and I wandered by the house where her dad grew up. The current owner was outside, graciously showed us around, and when she heard us talking about woodworking mentioned that she was in the middle of gardening and had just dug up a lemon verbena shrub from the front yard, and would we like the log from it?

Of course we said “yes”, but it’s bounced around for a few years and we haven’t been sure of what we could do with it, and eventually Charlene said “my Dad’s not getting any younger, we need to figure out something”, and while we were turning the piece over and over in our hands, trying to come up with something that’d preserve the awesomeness of this relatively small piece of wood, and be useful, Charlene said “book ends!”

So we got some thin steel, cut some strips out of it, screwed those strips on to the bottom, and after a whole bunch of sanding and polishing, ended up with some rather pretty book ends.

And this weekend she’s taking this little piece of her father’s childhood, back before WWII, down to give him.

Should be awesome.

Anyway, seemed like a relatively simple and easy thing to do if you’ve got a piece of gorgeous wood that you can’t figure out what to do with.

Similar content (with higher res pictures) at my personal web site

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 01:34 AM

Great sentiment – great story and wonderful project. Dan, you and Charlene knocked this one out of the park!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 10:24 AM

It’s always better when there is history with the piece. He should be thrilled.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 03:19 PM

Great looking book holders. That wood just seems to ask to be picked up and rubbed, as a apprentice
carver, I keep seeing different figures and people looking out from that wood. Should be a great gift.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 01:47 AM

Nice character in that wood!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 02:06 AM

Thanks! Yeah, it was all about “we have this little bit of wood, what can we do that is both useful and shows it off the most”.

Charlene reports that there were tears. It’s good to bring back the good memories.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 02:36 PM

Fantastic! They look like art pieces, like the unique shapes of the beautiful wood. Great tribute to Dad.

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