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    Many of us that have been carving for years have discovered chunks of very usable wood in the corner of our shop, or "out back." It's time to start a process to get the wood we know we'll never get around to, into the hands of those who would like to. Here are two nice pieces of Cypress Knee. I have one that is still "in process," but these are unlikely to get carved by me. One is 26 inches tall with some interesting bumps. The other is 12 inches tall with a small "companion knee." I also have the fine book by Carol Jean Boyd on "Carving Cypress Knees." These are available to someone who already carves knees, or someone seriously interested in trying it. They are not available to one who just wants to re-sell at a profit. They may be free, including shipping. PM me if you're interested.

    Next; Cottonwood Bark

    Cypress1a.jpg Cypress1b.jpg Cypress1d.jpg
    Last edited by pallin; 08-26-2021, 04:06 PM.

  • #2
    Those are nice looking pieces, I hope some one takes you up on the generous offer. A little out of my wellhouse, but interesting all the same.

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    • #3
      I agree - it's a very generous offer. I have one sitting near my workbench for the past 4-5 years that a friend gave me. Still haven't figured out what to do with it.

      Claude
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      • #4
        Sappy, Claude, others - If you get a chance, look at "Carving Cypress Knees" by Carole Jean Boyd (published by our host Fox Chapel). It might inspire you.
        Last edited by pallin; 08-28-2021, 12:14 PM.

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        • #5
          That is a great idea, and a generous offer. I often have wood I mill that I don't know what to do with.

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          • #6
            Here is another offer of usable wood - two chunks of Cottonwood Bark. The metal rule in the photo is 15" long. PM me if you would like to have them.

            Bark (2).jpg

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            • #7
              Dave Howard in Montana staying in Carpinteria 12-31-21 would like to get together with you

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              • #8
                I have piles of wood in the house and out back. To most folks, the piles look like shake blocks, fence posts and 6' pieces of logs. Since I carve what I see in the wood, I need a lot to look at.
                It's all knot-free, straight grained, split red and yellow cedar. A few 3" x 6" x 48" bits of birch.
                There is some mahogany on the shelf. I have the idea but I don't see it quite yet.

                Ironically, there's no stone to look at = there's so much snow out back,
                the stone has gone missing until spring.
                I can walk on a 6' drift over the fence into the neighbor's yard.

                But, I can introduce you to the cedar mills here.
                They need 6+ weeks to watch for carving wood.
                You wouldn't be disappointed to bring a 2-axle flat-deck.
                They get in further and cut better logs in winter, anyway.
                Brian T

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                • #9
                  The cypress knees and cottonwood bark were successfully given to WCI members. Today I was sorting through a storage tub of wood scraps. Among the chunks I found butternut, yellow cedar, sycamore, walnut, unidentified driftwood and more cottonwood bark. These are woods I have carved and highly recommend. If you're interested in trying one or more, send me a PM and I'll give you a better description (or photos).

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                  • #10
                    I also have a 6" x 6" x 21" chunk of teak for someone who might pay the shipping cost. Wow?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pallin View Post
                      I also have a 6" x 6" x 21" chunk of teak for someone who might pay the shipping cost. Wow?
                      I'd like that block of teak. I can drive up and get it...

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                      • #12
                        This process is working! All of these "transfers" of wood have been done free of any cost to recipients. This is not because the recipients were in my neighborhood. The cottonwood bark went to Minnesota, the cypress knees to Alabama. (Isn't that like "Coals to Newcastle?"}
                        Last edited by pallin; 09-01-2022, 04:21 PM.

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