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Not just another bowl

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Not just another bowlPerhaps a month or so ago wildwoodbybrianjohns asked somebody if they might be interested intrading some sycamore wood for some oilve wood. It's almost common knowledge that I'll trade things with anybody no matter where they live. Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Croatia are a few countries that I've traded with as well as here in the states.
Well, to shorten this up a little, Brian and I managed to get in touch with each other and he expressed a desire to get some sycamore as well as some other woods. I gathered a 20lb. plus bundle of sycamore, wormy chestnut, purple heart and maybe something else, I just don't remember.
I mailed it off to him and he did likewise as soon as he could. My bundle of wild olive wood arrived

in short order and that same day I checked the moisture and cut some olive for my first walnut and olive bowl.

I coupled that with some walnut
and it was off to the RM
While that bowl was curing I decided to make one using the ancient olive wood with the rare and nearly extinct wormy chestnut.
Picture 3 above shows the pair and picture 4 & 5 is the chestnut/olive and picture 6 is the olive/walnut.
I'm not sure which is my favorite but the walnut has nearly been stolen twice probably because they hadn't seen the second bowl yet.At this point I have to offer my sincere thanks to Brian in Spain for the wild olive wood and I hope his stash gets released from customs in Madrid so he can have experience the same delight experiencing a new species of lumber. I can hardly wait to see his creations with it.Thanks for looking at my newest creations.



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Phone stands

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Phone standsThese are some phone stands I made for my father and his wife for Christmas. He honestly doesn't want more 'stuff/clutter' so it's challenging to find something small and useful for them. Usually we bake things. Since they recently got new phones and were using them more for news sites and books I figured I would make them some phone stands.I had a piece of walnut about the right size and knocked it out based on something I made as a test project for my wife but never did anything more with mumble years ago for my wife (she now wants a more pretty one then random unfinished redwood). If I'd thought of this a week before I would have used Shellac, but since I didn't I used spry spar varnish. Since they were already ripped to the right width I did most everything else with hand tools. The cut angle is 45 degrees, the square blocks were mounted using a dowel and are high enough to leave the charging cable in. I also hit them with the chisel for a bit more angle to keep the phone set so it won't slip out.



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Klaatu Barada Nikto

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Klaatu Barada NiktoLJ Candy Frye helped me to remember that I had indeed made a walnut spaceship with copper leafing.This one is smaller- about 3” in diameter and, with the finial, about 5” tall. It originally started out to have a small entry hole and just a finial topping but I messed up hollowing it. A large part of the top broke away. Cleaned that up and then made a lid for the larger opening. Used a Sorby texturing tool to do the spiral work. Then added the copper leafing. Gloss poly finish.Thanks for looking!



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