Spalted Maple Candle Holders

>> Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Perhaps you have never heard of spalted wood.  I know I was unfamiliar with the term until just recently.  From Wikipedia: “Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi.  Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur under stressed tree conditions or even in living trees.  Although spalting can cause weight loss and strength loss in the wood, the unique coloration and patterns of spalted wood are sought after by woodworkers.”

A few years ago Darryl and I cut a maple tree that had blown down into logs, planning to mill them into lumber.  But, time passed and we didn’t get the milling done.  Late this winter we finally decided to check out the logs and decided that the wood was not as solid as it was when the tree fell.  Consequently we cut up part of the logs for firewood and I have burned quite a bit of it.  However, I noticed the discoloration in the pieces of wood and after some research found that it was spalting.

I decided to try turning some of it with my Craftsman Router Crafter.  The resulting candle holders are quite beautiful—not my work necessarily but the wood itself.  Here are a few photos.

These two are 4-3/4 inches tall and have been drilled out on top for a tea light candle or a small votive type candle.  Below is another view.

Pictured below are three candle holders I turned from another piece of maple from the firewood pile.

The tallest of the three is 4-3/4 inches tall.  Here is a view of it by itself.

The next tallest one is 3-1/4 inches tall and the shortest one is 2-1/4 inches tall.  These three are drilled to hold a regular taper candle.



The finish on these candle holders is clear spray shellac and then a polishing compound.


A Couple More Candlesticks

>> Monday, March 28, 2011

I’m enjoying my Craftsman Router Crafter and am feeling more confident in using it.  I recently completed a couple of candlesticks made from the Eastern Red Cedar we have an abundance of here on Cedar Ridge.

small cedar candlestickThis candlestick, pictured to the left, is 6-1/2 inches tall.  After turning it on the router crafter I sanded it, sprayed it with several coats of shellac, and put a coat of wax on it.

IMG_2765The candlestick on the right is 10 inches tall.  It was finished in the same manner as the one above.  I’ll post a picture below of both together so you can see the size difference.


I’m working on some other turnings and will post photos when I get them done.


After Summer Comes Spring

>> Friday, March 25, 2011

Following several days of summer like weather we are back to spring like weather.  We had several days of near 80 degree temperatures with overnight temperatures only in the 60’s.  Now we are barely making it to 50 in the daytime and last night it was down in the mid-30’s.

While it was summer I got all of my early garden planted.  On Monday I planted radishes, lettuce, spinach and carrots.  On Tuesday I planted potatoes and onion sets as well as beets.  I managed to do a bit of cleanup in the yard.  Connie cleaned leaves from her flower beds and set out several plants that she recently purchased.


Our 3 peach trees are in full bloom.  The redbuds are about ready to break into full bloom as well.  The lilac bushes are leafed out with bloom buds showing on the older bush.  The little weeping willow tree is leafed out and many of the trees in the woods are beginning to leaf out.

A little over a week ago we got baby goats.  Our Zoe had twin boys.


This pix was taken this morning.  They are doing quite well.


The Comedy of Aaron Wilburn

>> Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Many of you may already know of Aaron Wilburn and his comedy but I just recently was made aware of him.  I’ve watched several videos on You Tube and I know that maybe I have a weird sense of humor but I really enjoyed most of them.  Here is one that I got quite a kick out of.



Black Walnut Candlestick

>> Monday, March 14, 2011

The old house I tore down was built on sill logs supported by foundation stones.  Some of the sill logs had completely rotted out, some partially rotted, but others were quite solid.  As far as I could tell they seemed to be oak and I decided to cut them into firewood.  As I began to cut into one of the sill logs I discovered that it wasn’t oak but was black walnut.


This log had been hewn by hand, although some of the others had been cut on a sawmill.


In the above photo you can see the stash of black walnut pieces I have to use for small projects.  Which leads me to the first project I have completed using the black walnut.


I plan on giving this to the fellow who gave me the old house to tear down.


New Grocery Store Concept

>> Sunday, March 6, 2011

  The scent of freshness.
It is reported that a new supermarket opened recently in Albuquerque. It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh.  Just before it goes on, you hear the distant sound of thunder and the smell of fresh rain.

When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience  the scent of fresh cut Hay.

In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks and brats.. In the liquor department, the fresh, clean, crisp smell of tapped Miller Lite.

When you  approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.

The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread & cookies.

It seems that the sales of toilet paper have dropped way off!


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