Library Under Construction
The library above is made entirely of walnut with a mahogany stain. The majority of the wood was cut in an area west of Athens known as Cowford. The trees were removed as required for a utility right-of-way for a farm shop. The walnut was air dried for 15 months and the moisture content at that time was less than six per cent.
Several cedar and cherry trees were also logged at the same time and are currently in line as projects for a cedar chest, jewelry boxes and a hall table.
Gluing up the Crown and Bed that wraps the Pilasters above.
Recent Table Builds
A client brought this spaulted maple slab to be joined in middle to make a dining table.
His finished size was 41 X 72 since he had a smaller space to fill.
The ambrosia beetle “stains” are plentiful and bleed throughout the piece.
The first six photos below are taken without any finish applied and the sheen is entirely from fine sanding. There were 16 grades of sandpaper used from 60 grit to 4000 grit.
Final photo in center is shown with poly applied.
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Prayer of the Woods
I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, and the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin.
I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. ‘Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: Harm me not.
(This prayer has been used in the Portuguese forest preservations for more than 1,000 years.)