Posts Tagged ‘wood’

Pluggin a Hole

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Plugging a hole in a log Plugging a hole in a log Plugging a hole in a log

I’ve been turning some big logs lately. Unfortunately, one of them was pretty rotten in the center of one end. I drilled it out, turned a plug out of ash, glued it, pounded it in, and then cut it off.

It should hold, right?

Reclaimed Oak Flooring from a Semi

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Reclaimed oak flooring from a semi

Recently got my hands on some reclaimed flooring from the trailer of a semi. It’s all beat-up and oily, can’t wait to turn it into a coffee table.

Reclaimed oak flooring from a semi

I’m Thankful for Lake Logs

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Lake Logs

Over the Thanksgiving weekend my dad and I pulled some logs out of a drained lake. No telling if the results will be the same, but I’m hopeful. And if the stinky smell is any indication, they might just turn out to be beautiful.

Lake Log Wood Grain

Lake Log wood grain

OAKridge Revisited

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Oak Lamps

Been working on those oak blanks. Done with the turning and first coat of finish is on, in a couple of days they’ll be wired up.

The OAKridge Boys

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The OAKridge Boys

I turned some green oak blanks this weekend, my shop smelled like a bourbon barrel. These will eventually be lamps, mallets, and maybe a wooden robot or two.

Lake Log Bowl

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Recently, I got my hands on some logs that have been at the bottom of a lake for about 100 years. I turned a simple bowl, just to see what the wood would give me. I’m very happy with how it turned out. The imperfections give it so much character.

Lake Log Bowl

The wood was pretty stinky, I had to put the microwave outside while I dried it out. Thankfully the smell went away once it dried.

Drying out lake logs Lake Log Bowl

I’m not sure what species of wood it is, it might be maple. I believe the gray color is due to the fact that it has been absorbing dirt and silt for a couple decades.

After truing up the bottom of the bowl, I found it wasn’t exactly flat. The bottom comes to a point that allows the bowl to spin. It’s a bowl and a top. This was totally on purpose by the way.

Lake Logs

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Drained Lake

The lake my parents live on has recently been drained. Some sort of algae issue. The lake is man-made and was originally used for ice harvesting. It was amazing to see all of the stumps and logs that have been submerged for the past 100 years.

So I grabbed a couple of lake logs. I’ve read about reclaimed logs, and it’s definitely something I wanted to work with.

Lake Log Lamp Lake Log Bowl

I took a first pass at turning a lamp and a bowl. The wood acted like freshly cut green logs. It was very easy to work with.

I’m having trouble identifying the wood species of the logs. The wood (I assume) has been discolored from the lake water, and they smell pretty funky. But what do you expect from wood that’s over a hundred years old?

Painting with Wood

Friday, August 1st, 2008

I’ve recently seen a couple of artists who “paint” with wood. Veneer inlay, to be more exact.

I saw Alison Elizabeth Taylor’s work at the James Cohan Gallery in New York and Rolf Hook’s at the Great Blasket Centre in Ireland. Using only different wood grains, they create some incredible pieces of art.

They’ve inspired me to try this technique. Time to break out the old box o’ veneer.

Veneer   Box o' veneer

Cool Wall

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Cool Wall

I saw this wall on the corner of 53rd St and 2nd Ave.  I believe the wood is teak and the cream blocks light up.  Very cool effect.