A few years ago we took a family vacation to Hawaii. While there I was able to find some very nice pieces of Curly Koa wood and some other nice varieties. At the time I didn't have any plans for the wood but I knew I would be able to use it in some way. I had also brought back some of the black sand from one of the beaches as well. I had been wanting to make a gift for my wife that had some meaning associated with it. Last week I came up with an idea for a project after seeing another woodworkers tribute piece. All of the materials used to make this piece came from the island on that trip. The Curly Koa make up the four sides with the black sand filling the tray portion. The corners are mitered and held together with a spline in. The splines represent each member of our family. No whenever my wife wants to revisit the memories of that time she can grab the hand turned rake and stir up the "Sands of Time".
Starting to give the kitchen a new look. Here is the start of what the drawer faces will look like.
I will be painting these and the doors which I will post up soon. They will be painted with a antique white milk paint and a chocolate brown milk paint in the grooves and beading.
Well here is the finished project. Overall it was a fairly easy build. I changed my design a few times along the way, but in the end I am happy with the results. The apron and legs are made from 1 x 4's while the table top and lower shelf are made from 3/4 shiplap.
Making good progress on the table. I've sorted through all the boards we gathered and used the ones with the most character. The center cut out will be for a removable planter box.
This year I am trying to focus on posting my projects here on a regular basis. I have severely neglected my web site over the last few years and hope to change that going forward.
Pictured here is a old barn near our house that had fallen down in the last storm we had. The winds were pretty strong as you see here. I have always wanted to build a project using wood and other materials from something that has stood for years and weathered many different elements and seasons. This particular barn stands, or once stood on what was a Buffalo farm here in Mill Creek. After it had fallen my daughter and I walked over and gathered some pieces for me to work with. In the coming days I'll post up a few photos for you to see my new project. This project will be a coffee table with a cutout in the center for a removable planter box. I will post more after I have built the basic design.
In St. Louis this weekend for work so I decided to head out despite the tornado warnings. Had my good friend Brian from the bay area with me trying to find some unique woods to work with. Wasn't to lucky today but hopefully this weekend will be better. We did manage to find a great BBQ place to eat. Bogarts on 9th street. If your ever in the area I highly recommend.
Well one last day then I'm headed back to the states. I'm spending one day in Sydney to have a look around then back to reality. My time in New Zealand was great! I was able to bring back some Kauri and Rimu. They will make great projects when I return. I was only able to obtain a little, but I will have them up on the site shortly after my return. I will try to plan a trip back here next year. It's a journey well woth taking.
So far my journey to New Zealand has been a great one! The country side is amazing and the people are great. One of todays many highlights was the discovery of some Kauri wood. I was able to obtain a small quantity of Kauri that has been unearth from the northern part of the North Island. It has been radio carbon dated to be more than 45,000 years old. Kauri wood as you know is now a protected species and can no longer be harvested. The only way to get this wood is to find buried timber and carefully dig it out. I will have a limited amount of pens available when I return to the States. Check back to see more discoveries from my trip, and to see when the pen are available.