The last four cutting boards are done and I'm ready for the Durham Craft Market Holiday Market this Saturday at the Durham Convention Center from 11AM until 4PM. Interestingly, these boards have a "warmer" character than many of the others. I had a piece of 10/4 walnut with a bit of sapwood that I re-sawed to use in the centers of a couple of these but did not use any other walnut. Using a lot of jatoba, cherry and Sapele along with the maple has warmed the palate of these boards.
Hope to see you Saturday!
Well......I thought I was ready for two Holiday Markets. Had 19 cutting boards, 23 coasters and bunches of photo frames to go with the glicee prints and greeting cards. I had a really good holiday market at Motorco and unexpected sales to a couple of friends and a man who found me on the internet. That left me with four cutting boards, no coasters and only one size of jatoba/maple photo frames.
So I have been in the workshop with the baseboard heat and a small space heater running to get it warm enough to do glue ups. Oh, I learned that when you run the baseboard heat, space heater, dust collector and table saw that the circuit breaker trips! Having learned that lesson, I now have 8 cutting boards, 20 coasters, several more jatoba/maple photo frames completed and 4 more cutting boards glued up and ready for planing, sanding and final finishing with mineral oil. If the power stays on this afternoon they will be done bringing the total of cutting boards to 12.
I used a couple of woods, Sapele and tiger stripe maple, that I have not typically used with cutting boards. Using the tiger stripe maple and Sapele edge grain has made those portions of the boards almost "glow" under bright light. The two boards above are absolutely beautiful if I do say so myself. I also made on 8"X10" Sapele/maple photo frame while I was set up to make frame molding.
After I finish the last four boards I will be ready for the Durham Craft Market Holiday Market. Come see me in booth 35 at the Durham Convention Center, December 15 from 11AM until 4PM.
As you may remember, "Twin Pines" was based on a photograph taken by Marshall McIver of a scene on South Lowell Road north of Durham. I am pleased that a lady who lives out that way saw it on my website and has taken it home to the neighborhood. I hope her family will enjoy it for years to come.
John Schwartz - watercolorist and woodworker.