Suiseki Levitated

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Project by waho6o9 posted 08-05-2013 10:49 PM 3267 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a great project using basswood and petrified wood to make a small
Suiseki. The basswood was easy to shape and chisel as it is a joy to work with.
The petrified wood was purchased at a garage sale and I wasn’t sure what I
was going to make withi it.

A while back a couple of pieces of basswood were purchased for carving and then
Suiseki came about and the smaller piece of basswood was a perfect match for
the petrified wood.

A sliver of yellow heart was used to levitate the base and the finish used was shellac
and poly.

Make a Suiseki, you’ll be glad you did.

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 12:37 AM

Waho, you’re giving me lots of ideas on how to treat my rock collection! Nice work!

Love the petrified wood…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 01:04 AM

Another good one. Looks like a good fit between the base and the petrified wood.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 02:35 AM

Go for it Terry, it’s a lot of fun to make and keep a sharp chisel.

Thank you ShaneA. Good eye on the tight fit. I was able to use a clamp
and squeeze the two together and it compressed well.

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 02:54 AM

That petrified wood is really something, and I like the way you levitated the Dai with the yellowheart.
The size was deceiving. I’m glad you included a picture with the square.
Nice job.

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#5 posted 08-06-2013 11:41 AM

The first step is to admit that you have a problem. They really are addicting! Nice job.

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 01:49 PM

Thanks Eric! The hues and contrast of the bark make the petrified wood
quite unique.

Thank you Sensei, aka HybridWoodWork, for showing the way.

Guess who carries fine looking rocks for Suiseki?
Stores that sell fish tanks and reptiles.

Oh yeah.

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 01:59 PM

Waho, I’m there, buddy! Wife and I have gathered quite a rock collection over the years. And I’ve got a ton of flint to pick through for a big chunk.

In fact, I have some material you might like? It’s all in the rough state…do you have tools to cut and polish the stone? None here. But I have Rainy Buttes petrified wood, Texas Alibates, Mozarkite, Obsidian, not to mention the overwhelming number of chert nodules which roll down our mountainside and into the yard…banded grey, brown, and black on the inside.

Yeah, I have a rock problem…not enough! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 08-06-2013 02:17 PM

Terry and the Missis Rockhounds woo hoo. Awesome.

I make do with what I have. I use a diamond wheel on my makita 4.5 grinder and
that cuts anything. Then I flatten one side with a Duosharp diamond honing plate.
And as you go up the grits, it starts to polish and finish the rock.

PM sent.

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#9 posted 08-08-2013 01:06 AM

Beautiful pairing of ‘old’ and new woods Waho! I’ll admire from afar. Bandsaw boxes, planes, scrollsawing… I don’t need another addiction!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 02:11 PM

The beautiful stone is a perfect match to that fantastic wood base. I am always drawn to those interesting suiseki. Great work!

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