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Butternut handle bottle opener

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Bolt Action Pens

Bolt Action Pens

Here are some bolt action bullet pens I recently finished out of cherry wood. These feel great and are fun to write with.

Cherry bowl

Cherry bowl

Here is a better picture of the cherry bowl I recently finished with the natural warp to it.

Warped bowls

Warped bowls

After a year long “sabbatical” I got back into turning wood bowls. But, I wanted to try a different technique. These bowls have been turned green which cuts very easily. I turned them with thin walls and allow them to dry in a paper bag for a few weeks knowing that they will warp. This natural shape is appealing to some. Once dry, I sanded them a second time and applied a food grade mineral oil to them. The two on the left are silver maple and the one on the right is cherry.

Ever wonder why log furniture costs so much?

I always thought log furniture seemed expensive. So, I set off to build some for the cabin. Now I know why it costs as much as it does. You don’t just go buy some two by material from Home Depot. I had to harvest the logs, get them home and peel them. Here is one pile of bark shavings. I don’t know how many hours I have into this so far and I don’t really want to know. Mind you, I’ve done all of this work just to get these to the drying stage…. I haven’t even built any furniture yet!

More bark shavings…

Here are about half the logs drying…

Here are the rest of the logs peeled. I don’t know how long they will need to dry, but I am guessing about a year. I doubt I will be patient enough to wait that long.

Log Table

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The log table has now been stained, has many coats of polyurethane and is at it's new home, the cabin.

 

New Table Done