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Out In The Woods Wood...

Saturday, October 25th, 2009


There was a time years ago in which I wouldn't build anything unless it was from the clearest, straightest grained lumber available. I would rummage through stacks of lumber to find that elusive board; the perfect specimen of woodworker's dreams. times have changed!!


My most recent project didn't start out as anything except a lesson in turning techniques. I was practicing some lathe techniques on a section of a dead Aspen log I had discovered in the forest. After turning it round I noticed the start of what appeared to be a large worn hole or insect burrow.  Since I had nothing to lose I laid out some lines and resumed turning.


 turned lamp base   turned lamp base   turned lamp base

Figure 1                                                                 Figure 2                                                                 Figure 3


The end result is a beautiful artifact of nature that has become the focal point of this lamp base (Figures 1-3). The black trough created by insects could never be duplicated in the shop and provides  a wonderful contrast to the warm colors of the Aspen.  The unpredictable grain patterns of the Aspen and tight knots are accentuated by the polyurethane finish. 


Years ago this log would have never made it past the wood burning stove. However, I have come to appreciate wood for what it is; namely, a material that comes in many sizes, shapes and forms.  I work with the wood rather than against the wood and don't try to hide what nature spent years developing.  


If you have any questions or comments about this blog entry please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Thanks and be safe when working with tools!!!




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Robert Burgoyne, also known as "Burgie", has been doing woodworking for nearly 30 years. He started learning at an early age in his grandfather's garage and continued while working with his father in construction. The hobby has now become a business with Creative Landscape Accents. Burgie builds  high quality woodworking projects for the outdoors and also enjoys making decorative accent pieces for inside the house. While not working in his shop doing woodworking Burgie enjoys computers, restoring his old 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck and riding his Harley-Davidson Road King throughout beautiful Colorado.



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