Best Maple Yet ?

Discussion in 'Brush Making and Restorations' started by Graydog, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    I feel like a Treasure hunter or a Miner
    Finding new veins of precious Gems or something
    This one has it all for Me , spalting ,wormholes and really clean Maple grain
    I am sorry if I post to many Handles but I am gearing up for the Sue Auction and trying to have a few really nice Handles for it. Best Maple Yet.jpg Best Maple Yet.jpg2.jpg Best Maple Yet.jpg3.jpg Best Maple Yet.jpg4.jpg Best Maple Yet.jpg6.jpg

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  2. Another gorgeous handle.
  3. Holy smokes. They just keep getting better. I don't know how you are going to top this one. But with your talent I have no doubt that you will. That is an incredibly beautiful brush handle, In every aspect.
  4. And I don't think anyone could tire of seeing new handles from you. Unless they are jealous of your talent.
  5. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    Thanks Greg
    The Tree is just amazing, full of so many different types of Grain.
    I have a big slab that looks like it has a bunch of curly grain and I have to figure out how to cut it up and show off how pretty that is.
  6. Nice grain there!
    Quarter sawing what you have will yield the best of grain patterns be it tiger or curly maple.
    Are you drying this stuff out prior to handles?
  7. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    The tree fell last October and we cut some of it up into small pieces that are manageable for me and have been in the house air drying.
    Then what I have been doing is make blanks and let them dry . I have roughed out some bowls that are real wet and I will let them go for a few more months.
    The brush blanks dry out quicker because of the size . Seems to be working fine .
  8. Definitely gonna have to get my meds problems fixed before the auction. If you are doing these brushes have a feeling you are going to raise a lot of money. Think everyone will be bidding on them.
  9. That is a stunner! Screams badger knot!

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  10. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Ambassador

    I never tire of seeing what you create. That Maple tree just keeps on giving.
  11. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    Hole is drilled for 26mm ,had to take out a few tool marks with a slight turn of the head.
    Notice the handle behind the other one
    Amazing that it is part of the same piece of wood 00100lPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20190605122204943_COVER.jpg
  12. Sadist...
  13. More from The Amazing Maple Tree. Once again very nice Steve... ya lucky $&[email protected] :001_302:
  14. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    The next gem IMG_20190605_150242.jpg
  15. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    That's about 8x12x30
  16. That handle is a beauty. Amazing work, as usual.

    That 8x12x30 slab looks mammoth... How much workable pieces do you get out of that? At first glance I'd think a ton, but there has to be residual waste from, between, and among each and every piece? No?
  17. it certainly is hard to believe that's one continuous piece avoid the next handle looks absolutely amazing to that looks like it will probably be a 22 to 24 mm knot on the smaller one.

    a lot of careful cutting to get the right pieces out of that grain pattern but you are definitely the man for the job.
    I look forward to seeing what you carve out of that.
  18. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    Another one today 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20190606190902773.jpg 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20190606190819517.jpg 00100lPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20190606161527304_COVER.jpg
  19. All of those are just absolutely gorgeous

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