Jul 03

Taken aback and Day 13

Deer head pen made in Cherry Burl - Dailey Woodworking

Deer hunter pen made in Cherry Burl

Today’s saying

Today’s saying is taken aback. When someone is taken aback today it means that they are surprised or shocked, usually by what someone has said or done to them. However, the origin of the saying is actually from a sailing term, where taken aback meant the wind had stopped pushing the boat and changed to a different direction, often times catching the sailors by surprise.

Today’s turning

What I’m showing you today is a beautiful pen for the deer hunter. The pen features antique pewter with cast deer heads with a great rack of antlers near the upper and lower parts of the pen. The center of the pen is turned from Cherry Burl. You use the bolt action to operate this pen.

If you would like to learn more about the deer hunter Cherry Burl pen you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Jul 02

Old sayings and days 10,11 and 12 of my summer of turning

Natural Edge York Gum Burl Bottle Stopper

Natural Edge York Gum Burl Bottle Stopper

 

In my last couple of posts, I mentioned that I have been sick. Sick enough that for days 10 and 11 of my summer of turning there wasn’t any turning. So I didn’t post either. So it’s day 12 and I’m starting to feel better. Now to catch up on orders that I’ve fallen behind on.

Old sayings and their meanings

During my high school years, I was lucky enough to have three very good English teachers,  Ms. Larrabee, Mrs. Conant and Mr. Nielsen. At the time I thought they were there only to torture me with the likes of Dickens, Hemingway, Poe, Shakespeare, and Steinbeck to name a few of the authors we had to read. I mean did I really care what “wherefore art thou, Romeo” meant? By the way, it would be “Romeo, why are you a Montague” in today’s language and not “where are you, Romeo”.  Anyway from these three teachers, I learned my love of the English language and reading. The three would never accept anything but our best even when some of us may have chaffed against doing just that. To this day I like to know what the meanings of some of the phrases we use are and where they may have come from. Let’s take Bite the bullet for example. Before there was anesthetics,  people were often asked to bite down on something during surgery to help them get through the pain. Often times if you were a soldier you would be given a bullet and be told to bite the bullet during surgery. Now you know why John Wayne often bit down on something when they were fixing him up after being wounded in all his old movies.

Today’s bottle stopper

Today’s stopper is made from natural edge York Gum Burl. This piece of York Gum Burl came from Australia. I turned it leaving the natural edge at the top of the stopper. Natural edge is often times called bark edge or live edge. In this particular stopper the natural edge slants from the back to the front. One of the characteristics of York Gum Burl is that it has fantastic figure running through the wood. If you would like to see more pictures and find out more about the stopper you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Natural Edge York Gum Burl Bottle Stopper another view - Dailey Woodworking

Natural Edge York Gum Burl Bottle Stopper another view

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Jun 29

Summer of turning Day 9

Upper barrel of Fireman's fountain pen - Dailey Woodworking

Upper barrel of Fireman’s fountain pen

Another brief post because I’m still not feeling well.

I’ve had this fountain pen done for a while and it was just waiting for pictures to be taken so that I could post it to my sites.

This fountain pen features gold accents on the ends and center band. The pen also has a German Iridium medium point nib. the body was turned from a polymer resin. The helmet and crossed axes were scroll sawed out of resin and then the black, red and gray resin was flowed around them to create a stunning pen.

If you would like to learn more about the Fireman’s fountain pen you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Jun 28

Summer of turning day 8

6 Inch Walnut Strout Mill - Dailey Woodworking

6 Inch Walnut Strout Mill

 

Today’s post is going to be brief. I haven’t felt good all day and I won’t bore you with the details.

Today’s piece is a matching Walnut Strout mill for yesterday’s Ash Strout mill. The mill is 6 inches tall and can have either a salt or pepper mill mechanism in it. The shape is modeled after a mannequin from a long time ago.

The Strout mills are named for Shirley and Dave Strout. They were like a second set of parents to me and helped guide me through some times in my life when I needed something extra. Somehow they knew that and gave it unfalteringly, no matter what I did or how much trouble I got their oldest son into.

If you would like to learn more about this Strout mill you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Jun 27

C25k, the moon and Summer of Turning day 7

6 Inch Ash Strout Mill - Dailey Woodworking

6 Inch Ash Strout Mill

Couch to 5K

A while ago our oldest daughter challenged Mary and I to do a 5K on the 4th of July. We accepted the challenge and I actually started training on an elliptical but got sick and never started back up after getting better. So to make a long story short, I started doing the couch to 5K training this morning. I’m not under any illusion that I will be running the 5K on the 4th. Mary and I will be walking it while both of our daughters are planning on running it. My plan is to run an actual 5K this fall. So stay tuned for that. In case you just want to watch me walk or maybe you are interested in entering it yourself, we will be in Winthrop Maine doing the Friends on the 4th 5K.

So while I was out on Route 2 this morning doing the training, one of the things that I realized fairly quickly was that the drawstring on my sweatpants may be tight enough to walk around our home without a problem but not tight enough for running. After running a short distance I realized my sweatpants were starting to fall down. I don’t think they fell down far enough to moon any passersby but I apologize if anyone saw more than they were expecting to see on their way to work. I guess it could have been a case of seeing the moon over my hammy.

 

Today’s mill

The mill that you see pictured above is a 6 inch Strout mill. The mill is available as either a salt mill or as a pepper mill. The mill is modeled after a mannequin. One summer when I was around 5 or 6 years old I went to spend some time with my older sister who was going to nursing school. The place where she was staying had a mannequin in one of the rooms and years later I thought it would make a great shape for a mill.

If you would like to learn more about the Strout mill you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Jun 26

Race day and a new pen style for day 6

Old Port Pen in Antique Pewter and Brass with Green Printed Circuit Board - Dailey Woodworking

Old Port Pen in Antique Pewter and Brass with Green Printed Circuit Board

It’s race day

I’m sitting here today watching the road race in Sonoma. I’ve been a race fan since I was a kid and watched Al Hammond and Mike Rowe battle each other at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine.  There were other drivers that were fun to watch too like Sam Horn and Leland Kangas but it seemed like it was always Al and Mike battling each other for the win each Saturday night. Every Saturday night I got to sit in the stands and watch short track racing at its best.

I have to admit that road racing was the type of racing that I didn’t really care for. That was, in most part, because I just didn’t understand it. Racing, to me, was always get to the end of the straightaway and turn left. Pretty simple concept and one that I could understand. However as I’ve gotten older I have to say that I prefer to watch road racing because it’s not the same thing week after week. Road racing seems to really make the teams think and the strategies seem different for each team. Not just get to the end of the straightaway and turn left anymore.

Old Port Pen in Green Printed Circuit Board with box - Dailey Woodworking

Old Port Pen in Green Printed Circuit Board

Today’s pen

Today I’m introducing a new pen style for us. The pen pictured above is the Old Port. As a lot of you know, all of my pens are named for someplace here in Maine and this new pen isn’t any different. The Old Port is a section on the waterfront down in Portland. It’s a working seaport and you can find some of the state’s best restaurants, bars/pubs and little shops there. If you are ever in Portland be sure to spend a few hours exploring the Old Port. You won’t regret it.

Now back to the pen. This particular pen features a green printed circuit board that was cast in polyester resin. That’s the part of the pen that I have turned. The mechanism is a twist mechanism made in Antique Pewter and Brass plating that uses a Parker™ style refill.

If you would like to see more pictures and learn more about the pen you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Jun 25

Character bowls and my summer of turning day 5

Can you see a face inside this bowl? - Dailey Woodworking

Can you see a face inside this bowl?

Sometimes in my finished pieces I can see things in the grain of the wood like seascapes, mountains, trees, planets and sometimes even faces. In the bowl above I can see a face. The eyes, nose and mouth. I guess it’s a good thing that I can’t see ears sticking out, huh? Can you see the face in the bowl above?

This bowl is 9 1/2 inches in diameter and almost 4 inches high. It has a rounded rim and a ring of texturing about an inch down on the outside wall of the bowl. If you would like to see more pictures and learn more about the bowl you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Jun 24

Banana humor has arrived for day 4

12 in x 4 in Curly Maple Bowl with Bananas inside - Dailey Woodworking

12 in x 4 in Curly Maple Bowl with Bananas inside

Banana puns on us

Well it’s Friday and soon the weekend will be upon us and maybe for some it’s already arrived. I took the picture above and started thinking of puns with or about bananas. That can mean only one thing. I’m way too tired or as we say here in Maine, wicked tired.

I hope I don’t bowl you over with these banana jokes, if you can actually call them jokes. Do banana jokes appeal to you? Do you just go ape over them? I know I’m going down a slippery slope with this but what do you have for good CLEAN banana jokes? Please keep them clean, after all this is a family show.

And now about the bowl.

This is a 12 inch x 4 inch Curly Maple wood bowl. The curl in this Maple bowl is stunning. The more you move the wooden bowl the more the Curly Maple stands out. The bowl features a flat rim that gently slopes toward the center of the bowl. The bowl also has a ring of texture about an inch down from the rim. If you would like to see more pictures and learn more about the bowl you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

Remember to leave us your clean banana jokes or puns.

 

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Jun 23

The story of Dave and my summer of turning, day 3

Rustic natural edge Maple Burl stopper - Dailey Woodworking

Rustic natural edge Maple Burl stopper

 

I realize by just posting pictures and descriptions of something that I’ve made probably isn’t as exciting for you as it is for me. So I’m going to try to add little stories to keep you coming back.

The story of Dave

My earliest recollection of wanting to work with wood is from the early 70’s. I spent the summer with my grandparents in Andover, Maine. I think I was seven years old at the time. My grandparents were retired. If this were a normal story I would be telling you that like most boys I followed my grandfather wherever he went. However my life’s story will never be considered a normal story and instead of following my grandfather I followed their handyman, Dave, around.

I think Dave was my grandfather’s best friend and he lived behind their house in a little camper. Dave wasn’t just their handyman. He was like the town’s handyman. He was retired too but did the handyman work for extra money. My grandfather didn’t go out of the house much but Dave went all over town. Instead of following my grandfather around, I actually followed Dave everywhere. I’m sure I was a pain but I don’t remember him ever getting upset with me.

When you went out of my grandparent’s kitchen, to the barn, you entered this little room, probably a summer kitchen, and then into my grandfather’s workshop.It’s in my grandfather’s shop that I remember spending a huge amount of my summer. There were wood shavings covering everything including the floor. It’s the first time that I remember smelling the wonderful smell of fresh-cut wood. Years later I found out that the smell was that of fresh-cut pine. Dave found me one of my grandfather’s hammers to use and gave me cans of nails and wood from his scrap wood pile. I probably hammered hundreds of nails into wood trying to replicate something that Dave was building.

To this day when I’m working with pine I think of that summer that I spent with my grandparents and Dave. That summer is the earliest recollection that I have of woodworking although I’m sure whatever I made that summer will never end up in the Smithsonian.

Now about the stopper

The bottle stopper that you see pictured above was turned from Maple Burl. I turned it to leave some of the natural edge showing. Natural edge is often times called bark edge or live edge. This burl has a lot of figure happening all around it and really makes a spectacular looking bottle stopper. If you would like to see more pictures and find out more about the stopper you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Jun 22

My summer, day number 2

Black Chrome Bigelow pen made in Caribbean Swirl Acrylic - Dailey Woodworking

Bigelow pen in Caribbean Swirl Acrylic

This is day number 2 of my summer of turning. Maybe I should call this the summer in the life of a turner, what do you think? Anyways today I’m showing a beautiful pen that I just finished up. I started this pen during a demonstration at the Western Mountain Woodturners last meeting. During the demo the short piece of acrylic on the bottom half of the pen came loose or unglued. So I brought it home and glued it back together and then finished turning and polishing it. I assembled it yesterday and shot pictures of it today.

The pen is a beautiful combination of blues with a fitting name, Caribbean Swirl. The acrylic almost looks like waves in the ocean. You can see more pics and read more about it on my Dailey Woodworking site, here, or in my Etsy store, here.

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