Was over to the older son's today. So he could do me the favor of
me lending him some money to buy a car. While there, he showed me a
couple of chunks of wood, and asked if I had any use for them.
They ere a bit over a foot long, and about 8' X 8'. THEN he says
he can get me a whole bunch more, about any length I want. The buddy
that has them was going to fonfire them. Looks like old barn framing.
So, of course I said yes. I'll use one about 2-3 foot long, stood on
end, for a bainging on piece in the shop. The rest I suppose I'll
practice doing some wood carving, maybe turn some carving mallets.
That's the warm fuzzy part.
I'm sure a lot of you h ave seen one-piece wooden rolling pins, with
the turned handle, on each end. The thought struck me today on the way
home, if you don't have a lathe, and want a turned carving mallet, get
one of those, cut it in half, viola, two instant carving mallets.
Personally I don't like the square mallets at all. I've got at
least seven turned mallets and use them for beating on all typs of
stuff. Just be sure to have the big end flat on the end, so you can
stand it on end, and it won't roll away, or off the bench.
What is life without challenge and a constant stream of new
- Peter Egan