New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument. Photo by Donna Schneider. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 11/25/14.
I noticed that when I made what I consider to be a mid-sized board, they sold almost immediately. Me being a little slow on the uptake at times, I eventually decided to see what would happen if I made several mid-size boards.
Want to find out with me? Today, I’m making a rare solo appearance without the Mrs M’s at the Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire sponsored by the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. It’s located at 956 Maple Avenue in Carpinteria, 10a – 3p, … and you can see me, and these new boards, if you come to Carpinteria today!
Three boards, each 12″ x 11-1/2″ x 1-1/2″. Hard maple, cherry and black walnut edge grain.
A board for the world traveler, with woods from 4 continents. 12″ x 16″ x 1-1/8″. Black walnut (North America), Jatoba (South America), Padauk (Africa), Yellowheart (South America), Cherry (North America), Hard Maple (North America) and Jarrah (Australia) edge grain.
12″ x 16″ x 1-1/8″. Jatoba and Hard Maple edge grain. I love the dark figure in the hard maple that echoes the color of the Jatoba.
12″ x 16″ x 1-1/8″. Jatoba, Hard Maple and Cherry edge grain.
12″ x 16″ x 1-1/8″. Jatoba, Hard Maple, Yellowheart and Walnut Edge Grain.
12″ x 16″ x 1-1/8″. Black Walnut, Hard Maple and Jatoba edge grain.
The “3×5″ board. 12″ x 16″ x 1-1/2”. Black Walnut and Hard Maple end grain.
7″ x 12″ x 1-1/8″. Jatoba, Hard Maple, Yellowheart and Black Walnut edge grain.
8″ x 12″ x 1-1/8″. Jatoba, Hard Maple and Cherry edge grain.
9″ x 12″ x 1-1/8″. Black Walnut, Hard Maple and Jatoba edge grain.
Some people like vanilla, and that’s OK. Hard Maple edge grain. 8″ x 11″ x 1″.
10″ x 12″ x 1-1/2″. Hard Maple, Cherry and Black Walnut edge grain.
A monster of a board. Commissioned piece. 17″ x 21″ x 1-1/2″. Black Walnut and Hard Maple end grain.
How To Buy A Board From Mr M’s Woodshop
1. When the dust collector is full, I need to empty it immediately. Turning it off and continuing to generate sawdust is a poor option. Breathing sawdust is why there is a dust collector. (repeat as often as necessary).
2. It’s great having lumber. It’s not great when you’re out of storage space. Again.
3. Jarrah is a pain to work with. Splintery as oak, harder than maple. And the dust is an irritant. Prices are going up.
4. I need to drink more.
5. Cutting board CAD is a thing. Designing at the computer, building in the shop … I’m getting better at what I do.
6. I need a drum sander. Really. I need it. I just don’t have anywhere to put it.
7. When the bee dive bombed me – again – while I was using the table saw, I was done playing. I discovered that a dust collector hose disposed of the problem, permanently. I need my dust collector.
8. Really big cutting boards need a lot of materials. A lot of work. The 17″ x 21″ x 1-1/2″ end grain monster that I’m finishing weighs 13 pounds and drank a half pint of mineral oil. Prices are going up.
9. I’m using my LOUD planer so much, Velda now hates coming into the
garage woodshop. Mission accomplished.
10. Love my planer.
11. I can see the end of my gorgeous stash of 8/4 black walnut, and it is not a pretty sight. It hurts when I cut every new board from the lumber rack.
12. Finishing takes a lot of time, and I always under-estimate how long it takes to plane, route and sand the latest stack of boards.
13. What happened? Suddenly, my hands are drying out. But when I use the lotion Mrs M made for me … I’m good. Note to self: lotion works. Maybe Mrs M is on to something.
14. The problem with regularly using 10 kinds of wood: I’m always out of something. Yesterday, I had to go buy more yellowheart. Today, I used the last of the padauk. (sigh)
15. Why doesn’t Europe have prettier hardwoods? Except, of course, for olive, which is, a) never available; and b) insanely expensive.
Happy Thanksgiving, from the Eufala National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Michael Padgett. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 11/26/14.
Glacier National Park in Montana is a sight to see in the fall! Adam Jewell captured this photo of Fisher Cap Lake on a frigid October morning. The low clouds, fog, a light dusting of snow and early morning sunlight helped create this amazing photo. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 11/25/14.
Glacier National Park
St Mary Falls
Two Medicine Lake
Which Is Prettier?
Fairweather Mountains in the Glacier Bay National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 11/24/14.
Glacier Bay National Park
Utah’s Cedar Breaks National Monument at sunset. Photo by Jay Wanta. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 11/21/14.
Crater Lake Sunrise. Photo by Toby Harriman. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 11/21/14.
Crater Lake National Park
A beautiful combination of fall foliage and snow-capped peaks at the Conway Summit Area of Critical Environmental Concern, California.
Take a drive along the BLM-managed Conway Summit ACEC and experience spectacular mountains, valleys, lakes, streams, and volcanic mountain chains. The dramatic display of well-preserved geologic features covers volcanic, glacial, erosive, and structural processes.
From Conway Summit pass (which is on US 395), there’s a breathtaking view of Mono Lake – a salt water lake fed by streams. And just south of Mono Lake are the Volcanic domes, including Panum Crater, Mono Crater Chain, and Inyo Crater.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 11/19/14.