Category Archives: finding wood

Branches, Barn’s Book, and Bowls

The gnarled rhododendron branches you see above are what I call neighborwood.  On my walks around my neighborhood I often find piles of pruned branches or, in this case, the remnants of a large rhododendron that had been cut down.  … Continue reading

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Playing With Cool Sticks

Green woodworking can imply more than just the general notion of working wood that is still relatively fresh with a high moisture content.  Among other things, the term connotes the idea of working with nature, sensitively considering the unique attributes … Continue reading

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Bitty Bowl

That’s either a mutant lemon or a really small bowl.  As you probably guessed, it’s a small bowl — less than nine inches long (8 7/8″ x 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ high).  It came from this 5″ diameter branch … Continue reading

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A Couple Shrink Pots and Spoons

I made a couple shrink posts from sections of birch with personality that I just couldn’t resist.  The bark seems so alive and dynamic — warts and all.  The bending nature of these pieces added just a bit of extra … Continue reading

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Beaver Connections

Since sharing some photos of beaver activity in a blog post a couple weeks ago I’ve made a few more beaver connections.  One goes way back to Aesop. If, like me, you weren’t familiar with that unsettling story, this should … Continue reading

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Rooftop Bird with 12/12 pitch

It’s been a couple years since I wrote this post about a bowl orientation I call a rooftop bowl.  In it, I discussed working with this type of blank and suggested experimenting with quarter-log splits and other angles.  Of course, … Continue reading

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Travels

Travelers in Hilly Countryside (c. 1650), Aelbert Cuyp  Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art Later this week, I’ll be leading my donkey to Tampa for Fine Woodworking Magazine’s Hands On event.  Kate Swann and her crew down at the … Continue reading

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