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.