As I banished the white oak catastrophe into the dark, cobwebbed corners, I vowed to return for a rematch, and this time I would win. While I could have just burned it or scrapped it, I left it sit, so it could stare at me in judgement, day in and day out. There was something about the piece that spoke to me the minute I saw pictured of it, whether it's the proportions or the novelty of the work. I just really dig it, and woodworking skill wise there is a lot going on here that isn't obvious at a first glance. It has dovetailing, mortise and tenons, turned feet, proportioned decorative cut outs, and moving parts. There's a lot going on in this little guy that's going to take up a square foot of room on a table or desk someday.
|This picture was shamelessly borrowed from Chuck Bender's Blog "Parings" But it's difficult to talk about the piece without having a finished picture here to help you visualize it.|
I didn't know how much I was going to get from each split, I had never worked wood this rough before, so I pulled four candidates from the pile and lined them up against the bench.
Want to see the process of splitting the Black Walnut culls click HERE.
Want to get a look at Chuck Bender's notes on his blog Parings Click HERE
If you want to read about that failure you can catch the misery by clicking on the link HERE. (This post will be collected there as well, you'll just have to scroll past it)