Thursday, July 31, 2014


Working on a plan for assembly using some threaded steel rods and an old flange I found in my father's tool box.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Finishing touches

Add a coat of polyurethane to protect them from the rain and some paint for color and each shape is ready for assembly.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reclaimed logs

Our woodturning shop in Baltimore often becomes the repository for local fallen trees.  The choice ones become turned bowls, others find their way to the firewood pile.  A white pine tree with a 12" diameter became the inspiration for this project.  I cut the tree into blanks, mounted each one on my Oliver lathe, drilled a center hole and then over the past few months, turned each of them into a new shape. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

An empty tree pit

In 2012 the maple tree planted in front of our Baltimore rowhouse died.  Planted with the help of our neighbors 25 years ago, it provided shade, privacy and a home for birds in front our our house.  The city came and cut it down leaving an empty tree pit and a stump.  We were sorry to see it go. Fortunately we have three healthy trees remaining on our block and some day we'll plant a new tree.  While we are waiting for the right time to plant (we still have the stump to remove) we decided to create a replacement.  Check in over the next few weeks to see our new "tree" emerge.
Dead tree in front of our house at 2225 E. Pratt St (house with the yellow basement curtain)