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Derek Lane04/03/2011 17:17:35
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A very nice man knocked on my door today and said could I make use of these. The beech is about 11" by 3" so you can see how big my nut is.
Now any suggestions what to do with them(that does not involve sending it to someone I know you lot)
BillW04/03/2011 18:49:35
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Derek, I think your the very very very very best Rocking Horse maker in the whole wide world, does that change anything.
Sorry I'm to new at this to offer any useful suggestions.
Alan T.04/03/2011 19:34:50
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Hello Derek, That's a nice piece of spalted Beech you have been given. A nice shallow bowl to fill with turned fruit perhaps. You could try a box lined with mahogany from the Banksia nut and then fill the the apertures with a gilded or silvered filler. In fact you could make 2 given it's size. Best of luck although you don't need it if people give you stuff like that. Cheers Alan T.
Ron Davis04/03/2011 19:46:58
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Looking at your nut Derek, you could fill the front apertures and paint eyes on them, leave it on the mantle piece to frighten the kids away from the fire!
Or you could bore a hole through the nut, turn it to a nice shape and mount it on the equally nicely turned beech base and make a table lamp
Whatever you do, I look forward to the photo's of the finished items
Derek Lane04/03/2011 23:21:39
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Thanks guys
Ron the lamp idea I like now have something in mind once I've finished a couple of other jobs
fatboy05/03/2011 05:19:49
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personally i would slice the beech into two inch and a half blanks and make a traditional carved breadboard with one and a clan crest with the other, but thats just me lol
Terry V05/03/2011 12:26:32
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You could saw up the disc into spindle blanks - get a lot of nice small items instead of one big bowl perhaps.
George Arnold05/03/2011 17:58:30
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In good Blue Peter style here's one I made earlier. a Pomander ! fill it with potpourri and hang in the wardrobe, the Banksia section is app21/2 in long the overall lenghth is 61/2in,
You will find the nut very dry to turn, I think there can be seeds in some of the hole, so keep your eye protection on.
The ends of the one I made are of yew, but use what you have.

Good luck George
Derek Lane07/03/2011 13:12:53
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Thanks again for the ideas
Great looking Pomander George
Well ended up turning the big blank into this

Spalted Beech and is 9 1/2" X 2"
Still got to do the nut

Edited By Derek Lane on 07/03/2011 13:13:19

Ron Davis07/03/2011 13:47:13
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Any plans for after you have done your nut?
Derek Lane07/03/2011 18:16:47
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Ron yes I must get back on me horse. After I finish the picture frame that I am making for one of the family. You know what I mean "Could you just make this or that"

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