From Waterbed to Website

As readers of this blog will remember, someone stacked a pile of junk lumber in front of my shop.  In case you missed it, you can see it here.  All of it is destined for the fireplace or, in the case of the plywood, fiberboard, chipboard etc., the garbage.  That is, all of it except one board, which knew a former life as a frame for a waterbed.  It was pretty thick, crack-less and with only two knots.  So, I decided to do something with it.

I wanted a unique header for my refurbished gardening blog: “West Texas Gardener” and, since I am a woodcarver, I decided a hand-carved sign might be nice.  So, I set to work cutting the blank, sanding, routing, applying polyurethane, masking, applying the pattern, carving, staining the incised letters and, finally, outlining the letters to make them stand out.

As I carved, I remembered why I hate carving regular pine (as opposed to sugarpine which carves quite nicely).  It is an unpredictable wood, often brittle, and will sometimes “shred” under the sharpest of tools.  The knots are almost impossible to carve without them crumbling like a cookie.  But, I eventually finished the process, photographed it for my garden site, and I hope you like the result.

Another photo taken in the shop on the easel

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Filed under Blogs & Blogging, Carving, Home and Garden, Signs, Vegetable Gardening, Whitsett News, Woodcarving

3 responses to “From Waterbed to Website

  1. Marilyn Davis

    Very nice! Under the circumstances though, maybe you should have used a woodburning tool to make some singe marks around the edges. Even though I water and mulch around flowers and shrubs, most of them have individual leaves with burn marks on them! I’m ready for fall.

  2. That’s beautiful! And very nice you were able to make lemonade out of the whole deal. I should be able to come up with something on that. If someone throws you a bunch of trash wood…but I got nuthin’.

  3. dwhitsett

    Thanks Simone. Maybe if someone throws you a bunch of trash wood…don’t let it go against your grain. Or, don’t blow your stack.

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