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What is Spalted Wood and How to Turn it

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What is spalted wood or what does spalted mean?  Not surprisingly most people (outside of woodworkers) have no idea what spalting is, even autocorrect doesn’t have a clue.  Spalting is a common woodworking term used to describe the colorations and patterning created by the growth of fungus in wood.  From “Spalted Wood” (Sara Robinson) “spalting is a process that occurs …

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How Big of an Urn do I need? 4 important thoughts

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Cremation urns definitely were not on my mind when I started woodworking.  However, once I learned the skills needed to make sealed hollow vessels the seeds were planted.  When considering the idea, I noticed many of the commercial cremation urns are not that attractive.  At least, I didn’t think so and I wanted to challenge that notion with some nicer …

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Danish Oil Finish – Top 3 Reasons to Mix Your Own

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If your familiar with Danish oil finish then scroll down to get to the tips.  Otherwise, keep reading for some basic information. Danish Oil Finish… Whats that? A little background for those less familiar with Danish oil finish.  Danish oil is a wood finish that is considered a wiping finish.  Meaning that the wood is saturated, let soak for a …

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Catalog of Wood Sculpture – Hollow Forms

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I’ve thought about creating a catalog of my wood sculpture for some time now, mostly for a pictographic reference.  Unfortunately at times I have not been able to get a picture of a fair number of my sculpture, largely because I did not have time to photograph before they slipped out the door to a gallery.  That said, these days …

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Cutting Threads in Wood by Hand

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One of the quality features on my urns is that I make wood finials to seal the urn vessel opening.  I cut threads into the wood so that the finial screws on to the top of the urn body making a tight fit  that does not require any sealant.  I put together a pair of videos to help demonstrate this …

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A Rare Find – Unique Story of a Large Magnolia

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From time to time I come across wood that has a nice history.  Such is the case of a large magnolia tree that I acquired from St. Paul’s Episcopal in Edenton, North Carolina.  Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora) is a species that is typically long lived and very robust, not often dropped by strong storms.  My experience also shows it to be …

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Expanding the Artistic Viewpoint – Answering Questions of Why?

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The artist statement – a short written statement that helps the artist express themselves and explain their interests and viewpoints (such as mine https://vanduynwoodwork.com/about/).  My first experiences with the “statement” came more as a requirement for juried shows, galleries, and exhibit submissions.  So from the beginning it was treated more as an attachment to a professional artists resume.  I entered …

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A long overdue furniture project

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One of the more ironic things about making woodwork, sculpture, furniture, and other projects is that you always seem to be making things for other people.  Not that that is a bad thing, but in my case I haven’t built a really meaningful piece of furniture in a very long time.  So, now I have a need for a new …