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  1. Hi Don,

    I wanted to ask if you made the wood burner tool for the turkey yourself or bought it somewhere?

  2. I just saw a news report that people are poaching the burls growing on the Redwood trees in California. Here is a related item from the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/poachers-attack-beloved-elders-of-california-its-redwoods.html?_r=0 I can't believe that the money grubbing bastards would stoop so low. Please be careful where you buy your burl wood.
  3. The rack was commissioned by a very good, return customer who is a collector of unusual walking sticks and hiking staffs and an avid turkey hunter. He wanted an unusual rack to display part of his collection of sticks. He gave me the dimensions and asked me to come up with something. Here is what I came up with. The base is a 2 inch thick slab of cedar and the posts and rails are Diamond willow. I carved in the wood spirits and woodburned the turkeys, turkey tracks and flowers. The Turkey silhouettes are scrolled from 3/8 inch butternut. The rack is finished with several coats of Tung Oil.
  4. Just heard back from my customer, he loves it!! This may be a new line for me. Don R
  5. Thanks Gene. I left a 1/4 inch space between the face piece and the backer using a 1/4 inch shim behind the bottom 2/3 or so of the face piece. The idea is to slip the tail quills between the two pieces so that the face piece hides the quills and the down. May have to hot glue the tail in place but I think the friction should hold it. Here are a few more pics to show what I am rambling about.. Don R
  6. After a little head scratching, I came up with this. I think it will work OK
  7. Does anyone know where I can borrow, beg, steal or buy a pattern/plan for a turkey tail fan display plaque? I have been asked to build one which is a simple project but have no idea of the optimal size dimensions and the configuration. I have never seen a turkey tail mount and am unsure how the tail is mounted in the plaque. Thanks Don R
  8. Thanks Guys. John, I use only a knife for the carvings and limited use of a Dremel for cleaning out the diamonds. Then lots of elbow grease and sandpaper. The finish is six coats of Deft brushing lacquer. It is a lot of dirty work but I really enjoy creating them and they are always well received from my customers.
  9. Hi Lewis, Thanks for your comment. I used the scroll saw to cut the crook and subsequently carved its from a piece of 1 3/4 inch thick ash which I had cut down several years ago. I attached it to the staff using a 1/2 inch oak dowel drilled into both pieces about 3 inches and attached with Gorilla glue. Don R
  10. Here are pictures of some of the hiking staffs I just completed. Merry Christmas to all. Don R
  11. I keep the pivot bolts snug on my Delta and the arm stays up until I push it down. Works great. Don R
  12. Mahendra! Good to see you here. I just joined also and already have made some new friends. Did you see the photograph of my cutting of your pattern in the featured photos section? Don R
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