White Oak and Cherry

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A bowl for Clive, a mantle for Tanner, and a spoon and a saddle (I am only responsible for the plaque, which is in hedge and walnut) for Harold.  This weeks bonus image is a little tree frog freshly emerged from my son’s tadpole nursery.  I trust you’ll forgive so many images of one bowl when you consider how stunning the character of the grain is from every angle.

Spout Root Spoon Route

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Black walnut spoon with carving and ebonizing.  It is for sale if you would like it.

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spout root15Osage Orange long handled spoon.  It too is for commerce.

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Here is a little of that walnut spoon before it was finished.  The black or ebonizing is made by brushing a little bit of vinegar that has iron oxide (rust) dissolved in it.  It reacts with tannic acid in wood and turns black on contact.

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Now that our does have freshened with the wholesome milk of provision we have soap abounding.  It’s good stuffspout root05 spout root06

Spoon Root

Pear and osage.  Pot and spoon.  Turn and carve.  Root and hold.  Turn to bread.

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carven pear wood spoon

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roots grab earth

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grow tall

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charred a little for contrast

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carved with prairie dwellers

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wheat and bluestem on an osage vessel

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also burned a little prairie fire

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with the remnants of earlier dwellers

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light as a feather

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another pear wood spoon

         

Sangreal

From the Song of the Ancient, here is a small turned and carved vessel in black walnut and osage orange. The idea isn’t fully formed or unified, but it is advancing. As the yellow osage wood ages it will turn a deep red-orange, nearly as dark as the walnut.
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