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    Default Some box-joint what-not boxes

    I was recently invited to display some of my crafts at a new BBQ restaurant near my home… they want to feature “local craftsmen”.

    About the same time, I had the first batch of some pecan I harvested, delivered from the kiln… I was given the trees by an elderly rancher’s widow who wanted to be sure that the wood was used for lumber and not firewood! Three men and three days of hard work later, we delivered the boles of two trees to a mill that had equipment large enough to handle them. The mill had recently discovered how lucrative it was to saw reclaimed telephone poles into lumber.

    Long story short, I think the widow lady lost track of how long ago the trees had blown down and the mill took over a year to mill them. The first 400 bd ft I got last week was basically spalted, some beautifully, some useless! I have several thousand bd ft more drying in a barn… I’ll have to decide if it’s ultimately firewood or not!
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    Here are the first projects made from that wood. They are all 4”X6”X8” box-jointed “what-not” boxes. Where the bleach spalted grain is very uninteresting, I V-carved patterns over the entire top surface.
    Ships are always popular… what do you think of the bark texture I v-carved in the lid? The Texas state seal is always popular locally. When my wife suggested that I needed something more feminine, I made the tire tread… butterflies coming!

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    Those are very nice and interesting Steve. Good work.

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    Nice work Steve........ hard to do better than the Texas seal on a pecan box.

    As to the note on traffic on the forum,,,,, The only other related forum I post on is Vectric/Aspire. And there is a regular core group of people that will comment on almost any posted project, no matter how good or how bad, with words of congratulations and encouragement. Maybe if we did more of that, it would help keep things from sinking below a critical volume of activity......... Chuck
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    Nice work Steve. I always enjoy seeing your projects and I really like the look of pecan and spalted pecan is even better.

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    Very nice. I like the less is more on the tail section of the dragonfly.
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    Always like seeing your stuff Steve!
    Of the spalted boxes...I like the Natural one because of the figure...but that's just me
    Bark one is my second choice. Must be tactilely pleasing.
    Waves or other gentle organic sweeps with 1/2" ballnose or bowl/tray bit maybe? (I'd like it if it made me want to pick it up and touch it)
    Great Work!!

    Yep....we need more project posting and responses.
    I posted a 3D Owl in a branch and got a few comments here(Thanks)...but same project on Vectric forum, got 3 pages of compliments and questions, AND a Case Study
    That's where I stopped posting projects here less I think

    Not so many Newbie questions on different techniques and cutting strategies either I think?
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