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This is my contribution to the recent surprise swap. There were an unbelievable amount of quality craftsmanship in the swap. It's really amazing to be a part of one and I couldn't be happier with the recipient I was called upon to send to.

What I sent was a little taste of my home. I made a screwdriver set which included many of the local woods to Arizona milled by yours truly. The box is also made of Arizona wood consisting of red eucalyptus, cottonwood, and the bottom (unpictured) is made of acacia. The wood choice for the box was dictated by the scrap wood from my ongoing dining room table build. It worked fine and it's obviously a great choice in woods since the wife picked them for our dining room table. Little did I know, PoleVault's wife is from Arizona and tried to claim them upon arrival. I think she might own the bonus mallet I sent though.

The screw drivers each have a different wood for the handle, the species is pictured on the front of the box where I was able to lazer in the 2017 swap tag, Lumberjocks logo, species and size, and a little something for Pole Vailt. I did ping him ahead of time to see if his sender was to do something personal what name would he like and that's what he chose.

As a bonus I sent over an Texas Ebony mallet. Texas Ebony grows here in Arizona and is one of the favorites in my shop next to ironwood. The advantage is, Texas ebony doesn't smell like cat piss when you work it like ironwood does. Pics below.

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The box is way more beautiful in person and is currently in display on the mantel above our fireplace. The Grace shafts are fantastic. I find myself looking for reasons to grab these screwdrivers and use them. The handles are so cool since they are each a different species, it adds to the character of the collection. I look forward to passing these on as heirloom pieces after I'm gone a long, long time from now.

The bonus mallet is awesome. I know what I'm grabbing next time I'm down in AZ… some of that Sumac would be great for a number of project I'd like to do in the future.

Thanks for the set, it is awesome!
 

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Looks like a great set of tools. The storage box is really nice, with slots for each driver. I thought about making a box for my items but never got around to it. Is acacia the same thing as Tasmanian blackwood?
 

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Very nice work Dave. One of the many gems that came out of the swap. The engraved box and the different domestics for each driver shows some serious thought and effort that went into a gift for a fellow craftsman. Definitely a project that exemplifies the spirit of these swaps! Thanks for running the swap, it was super successful!

And yeah, I'm with Allen and PoleVault, I'm gonna have to get me some of that Sumac. That mallet is beautiful!

BTW, you may want to change your project tag to the one you put in the swap OP… "winter 2017 tool swap".
 

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By far one of my favorite from the tool swap. The screwdrivers and box are just perfect together. Super job and thanks for running the swap.
 

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Looks like a great set of tools. The storage box is really nice, with slots for each driver. I thought about making a box for my items but never got around to it. Is acacia the same thing as Tasmanian blackwood?

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Actually if it's not exactly it, it's close. We have a lot of the same Australian woods. My red eucalyptus is exactly their jarrah.
 

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Dave, these drivers, custom box and mallet turned out great! Fine work, sir!
 

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Nice job, Dave.

Now I'm going to have to go buy a bigger laser.
 

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What was the proper name for this, again? A moderator box?

Really nice job all the way around (tame way of saying, "beautiful work."
 

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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the kind words!
 

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That's a unique set that looks fantastic, great grain combos in a custom box, very nice.

Good show Dave!
 

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Thanks Waho. I'm still waiting on my chisels. ;)
 

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Woo Hoo! Well deserved top 3 Dave :))
 

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I didn't think I would get it on this one. Thanks Kenny.
 

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Dave this set is awesome. And I love your commitment to local wood. Great job on these items and the general moderation of the swap. Top notch on both!
 
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