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WOODSHOP RAMBLINGS....

By terrawooddesign, Oct 26 2017 01:24PM

It's almost time for our Butcher Block class so that means a visit to our lumber stash. Over the past 10 years we have been fortunate enough to harvest very interesting timber. We focus our efforts mostly on milling the hard to find large live edge slabs or "back breakers" as we call them around here. At any rate, soon we will be working with this local lumber and a group of folks to make up some heirloom chopping blocks. We're excited!

By terrawooddesign, Aug 25 2017 12:06PM

Sage would not tolerate any scratches in the surface of his block...
Sage would not tolerate any scratches in the surface of his block...
The moment of truth for Cindy...
The moment of truth for Cindy...
How hard is end grain wood?  Ask Robin.
How hard is end grain wood? Ask Robin.

We had a blast working with Sage, Robin and Cindy during our B.Y.O (build your own) Bucher Block class. It took us two evenings and quite a bit of choping and sanding to produce these heavy grade chopping blocks out of rough sawn black walnut lumber. There is something special about building an heirloom object with your own two hands.

By terrawooddesign, Aug 3 2017 02:17PM

If you look around you just might find a hidden message in an unexpected place. We built some barn doors out of very old salvaged lumber from a barn not long ago. Now when you spend time alone in a woodshop with a pile of lumber, working on fashioning it into this or that, your mind has a tendency to ask questions and your hands answer them. Detail - of hidden answers we stamped into our doors.

By terrawooddesign, Aug 3 2017 02:12PM

A close friend of mine owns a fair amount of forested land around LaPorte county. This land is managed by a big lumber company that comes in cuts veneer logs now and then. I'm quite impressed at their operation. It's selective cutting with minimal impact. I stop in to these woods once in a while and if I get luck I find these great chunks of wood that they leave behind. This is the first node of a big Poplar tree they cut a couple years ago. Fungus has taken hold and begun the spalting process. This was too good to pass up....