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#1 rhossack

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:11 PM

Have some inquiries for some Red Fir Bark and most of what I have isn't worth a plugged nickle as it has dried so much that when you put a hole saw on the bark it turns to dust.

So I went out and got some more, put it in my wood drier and then did a test run with a pen ... with a chunk of the bark as a backdrop.



This particular pen was quite the challenge. There are 6 bark rings on that tube. The lighter colored wood is very similar to a grease pencil in that it peels away. Used lots of thin CA to stabilize it.
All the beetle tracks are filled with coffee grounds and any pits or low spots are filled with bark sawdust and or sawdust-coffee ground mix.

Three coats of thick CA to fill natural depression voids caused by the bark and turned and sanded. Filled again with thick CA three times before a level surface could be had.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:22 PM

Cool.... reminds me of this:


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:02 PM

Very nice!!! A lot of work but it's worthed.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:13 PM

I really like the look. I use a lot of Ponderosa Pine bark and it works much the same.

I have thought about stabilizing with polyurethane under vacuum and letting it dry from there and then start working things with sandpaper, filling with CA as I go along.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:42 PM

Very very nice Ron thumbsup.gif thumbsup.gif

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#6 rhossack

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:49 AM

QUOTE (canerodscom @ Jun 9 2012, 04:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cool.... reminds me of this:


Thx Harry

That's what inspired me years ago ... when the wife brought home bags of large pieces of beauty bark ... Now we just have very large (2' x 2' or larger) pieces of Red Fir Bark all over the yard <LOL>
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:52 AM

QUOTE (bigdan @ Jun 9 2012, 05:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Very nice!!! A lot of work but it's worthed.

Thx Dan
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:03 AM

QUOTE (kbproctor @ Jun 9 2012, 08:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I really like the look. I use a lot of Ponderosa Pine bark and it works much the same.

I don't have any of that close by that I'm aware of ... but the Bull Pine and Blue Pine I've used it very pitchy and resinous ... had better luck baking it in my toaster oven at 150º for extended periods of time.
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I have thought about stabilizing with polyurethane under vacuum and letting it dry from there and then start working things with sandpaper, filling with CA as I go along.

I haven't tried poly but used to use acrylic + acetone. For the last year or so I've been using a methacrylate monomers, a professional grade heat cured resin for stabilizing and that cures 99.99% from liquid to solid by weight so there isn't any noticeable weight gain. However, that being said, my experimentation in stabilizing Red Fir has been a failure with this.

I don't know if it's a reaction of the esters with the Titebond III Glue I use on the face of the rings. I haven't tried stabilizing just cut rings.




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Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:03 AM

QUOTE (steeldrifter @ Jun 9 2012, 10:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Very very nice Ron thumbsup.gif thumbsup.gif

Thanks Steve
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:05 AM

impressive

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:39 AM

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

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WOW bugeyes.gif simply WOW. How did I ever miss this post way back when?

thank you sir ... maybe you'll like the grip I'm doing for a new 3wt bamboo blank with a Red Fir Burl insert ...

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:19 PM

Beautiful work.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:48 AM

Nice pen! headbang.gif

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