Saturday, April 28, 2012

A picture here of my carved Walnut door panel with a few coats of clear varnish.
Walnut is my favorite wood to work with.
It has distinctive and strong grain patterns, yet does not splinter easily.
It works well, hard but not too hard, it can be machined and carved easily and cleanly and finishes very nicely.
Usually when I work with Walnut I like to scrape it to a finished surface rather than sand it. I like to do this with all woods if possible, mostly because I can't stand sanding and prefer a non-mechanical means of working the wood, but Walnut is particularity enjoyable to finish this way.
Here is the interior door panel, (no carving), scraped and finished: stuff for sure...

Looks like it is going to be another beautiful day here. Sun is shining and and they are calling for mid 50s. Leaves on the trees are starting to bud and there are no bugs yet... doesn't get much better than this...
Baseball weather...

Here's something cool, check out some pictures of the new wolf pups at the wolf center here: Pups!!
More on the wolf center here: Wolf Center

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The snow we had on Sunday night has mostly melted now.
I think that was the first real storm we had this winter. We only got about 6" but not to far to the west they got up to 11" or so. Actually that was the first significant precipitation of any kind we have had in quite a few months and we had a bit of rain before the snow as well...

I don't know how much that helped the lakes but it was the first time this year where I could hear trickling water as I walked in the woods, which is usually such a big part of spring but was noticeably absent from this one.

There was a lot of activity at the feeder Monday morning and the next couple mornings as well. I was glad I had bought that extra bag of seed in March... The Redpolls and Junckos were glad too...

I finished a door panel on Friday that I had been working on for sometime. Now I can work towards finishing and installing that project. Here are a couple pictures of the completed carving in its unfinished state. A few coats of varnish and it will be all set:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

This past week we started installing a reclaimed oak floor. It is very rough and that is the way it is supposed to be. We are not going to sand it smooth, we will just buff it lightly with sanders and then put about four coats of finish on it to fill in all the rough areas. I think it will look nice when it is done. Very rustic.
Here are some pictures as it looks now: