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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Mysterious Wood Project


In my last post I was hunting for the perfect piece of wood for this project but didn't mention what I was doing with it.


The area that I have moved to is called Pinoso/ El Pinos which translates as "The Pines" in reference to the fact that the mountains that surround us are covered in giant pine forests, which is why I wanted a piece for this project. What I had in mind was to make a gift for a couple of friends, something handmade from local holistic resources (which is why I was determined to find the perfect windfall instead of damaging a tree for my needs). I wanted to make a set of three so that we could each have one, cut and carved from the same branch because I'm sentimental and love stuff  that has a story behind it like that.

( I will apologise in advance for the photo's, my phone died as I was setting up so rather than delay the task I shot with the Kindle Fire's camera, not ideal but it did the job)


I drilled the hole first as I thought it would be quicker and easier although in hindsight I think if I did it again I'd just drill the holes individually as it would be easier to keep it straight and centered that way


Next up came the carving, I used my CRKT Edgie simply because I had it in my pocket at the time but it isn't really the ideal knife for the job. That being said it handled the task just fine it just isn't the most comfortable knife to carve with


Here you can see the first one emerging from the timber


Once again I made things more difficult by keeping them all connected until the absolute last minute, would have been quicker to carve them out individually but I wanted to capture a photo of them all connected like a mini totem, told you I was crazy!


Right at the end I cut them from each other with the knife



3 different beads made from the same branch but still totally unique. I kept the bark on one of them to change it up a little. From here I smoothed the inside of the holes out with the Dremel and sanded the edges.  Then the great idea of breaking out the pyrography pen popped in to my mind so they were each treated to a different set of Norse Runes that matched their intended owners. To finish them up I gave them a thin coat of beeswax and here they are:


Beautiful, natural and cost nothing but my time. I may be biased but ME LIKEY!



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19 comments

  1. Oh wow! Now I never would have guessed. I do love the natural wood look and I love the sentiment behind it. X

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    1. oh good, so it's not just me then lol glad you like them Jules

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  2. I love this idea and the runes. How cool!!! I'd like those on a bracelet.

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    1. they were a bit bland and boring without the runes. a bracelet is a fantastic idea! Going at the top of my to do list lol

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  3. That's an a amazing gift! I had all sorts of ideas of what you'd make, but not this. Intrigued by the pyrography pen, off to google it now.

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    1. It's pretty much just a fine tipped soldering iron so you can scorch designs in to wood, bone, horn etc

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  4. Like it. I love using my photography pen but I'm not very good with it as my writing is "like that of a seven year old" according to my wife". I thought you were going to make a pipe!

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    1. mate my writing is almnost illegible, however I found that if you stop trying to hold it like a pen and just grip it with a fist then for me it was a lot easier to use

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  5. Forgot to ask, with all of the almonds you grow, are you going to make one of my favourite soups ajo blanco? if so, where will I pitch my tent?

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    1. I had never heard of Ajoblanco before but now that I've read up on it I certainly will be making it. And funny you should mention but we will have a dedicated area for people to visit and throw a tent up, I'll keep you posted ;)

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  6. Those are outstanding. Something you make your self has so much more significance than something bought in a store.

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    1. totally agree. And sure, you can buy mass produced chinese wooden beads for peanuts, but these have hours of my effort put in to them and were made with the people in mind that I gave them to. They are totally one of a kind and all cut from the same branch to keep me and my pals connected, a story like that can't be bought for 2 dollars from China lol

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