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Wood Duck

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Wood DuckMade of Black Walnut, the project is hollowed out to reduce weight and for storage (never did the later.) It obviously took some time to carve, and it was done earlier in my carving experience so it was all done by hand tools, including carving chisels, hand saws, etc. The head was designed to rotate 360 degrees, but I was never fully satisfied with that decision. (live and learn!)



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Past, Present and

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Past, Present and My father-in-law was a recognized physicist (Dr. Nichols). He worked on the development of radar technology during WWII and was offered an “opportunity” to work on the atomic bomb (he chose another path!). He subsequently developed the (control) mathematics and chart, as displayed in the book in the carving, which was instrumental in developing some aspects (in which he was directly involved) of space shuttles “arm.”His “Control” organization created (a 3D image of his face) and awarded him the first (assumed) of many subsequent such medals awarded to subsequent theoretical physicists.I mentioned the above only as a (partial) explanation for the project as displayed.My wife and I received notice of the award in time for me to design and execute the displayed carving which was presented to him immediately before the award. The design incorporates the tools, past and (at the time) present technology which he used during his career as well as other more mundane tools that were present on his desk at home. I did take artistic license by modifying the computer keyboard from that of an IBM which he always used) to an Apple keyboard. I don't think he recognized the irony (I was, at the time, an Apple engineer .. and I'm certain his daughter could have chosen more wisely!) At his death, the carving was returned to us and is displayed on wall used for family portraits, etc.



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$1 Shop Supplies

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$1 Shop Supplies When buying supplies for my shop, I often visit a store where stuff costs only $1. Many items sell for much more at a home improvement store, so I save a pile of money. You never know …Source

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Hybrid resin turned box

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Hybrid resin turned boxI started with a piece of mystery wood I found at work, I took it home and stabilized it. Then I put it in a PVC pipe and mixed up Chroma Craft resin, poured it in the pipe and put it in the pressure pot. The next day I took it out and let it cure for 4 more days before turning it. I wet sanded it to 1000 grit and used Hut Plastic Polish on it, I like it.



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