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Trees of the Nativity

Easing into Summer!

“Please, oh, please, Don’t throw me in the briar Patch!”  Such was the plea of Bra’er Rabbit.  It was, however, just exactly what he hoped would happen.

There is no doubt in my mind that sometimes we get ourselves into situations that we wish we hadn’t . For me that may be completely different than for you, but I think that it must happen to everyone some time or another.

My most recent situation was in my wood shop as I was finishing up on a presentation bowl. I had shaped the outside, reversed the chucking and was well into the hollowing process. Actually, I got pretty much done with the inside, and then it happened! A corner of the chisel I was using caught the curve as I was blending the bottom with the side of the bowl. My chisel jumped in my hands, I heard a distinct crack and my heart sank. I turned off the lathe and sure enough there it was a major crack that would all but have rendered the piece worthless.

KwikKrystal 6 set
KwickKrystal CA 6 set

I was grumbling about my careless mishap when it occurred to me that I had just been thrown into the briar patch.  This crack would have been the worst place to be if it wasn’t for the fact that I had on my shelf some  KwickKrystal CA … just what the doctor ordered.

What to do? Well I had boasted to the club that my super glue was better than others, and now, I was going to see if I would have to eat my words or end up salvaging a wonderful piece of handy work.

The CA offered by me has the brand name : KwickKrystal CA because I had originally asked the chemist at the lab who mixes the formula to make the viscosity suitable for finishing wooden objects such as pens, bobbins, medallions, and small bowls. The finish achieved is glass like so the name Krystal.

At the same time it serves as a superb super glue. It bonds very quickly and permanently even without using an accelerator. If, however, one should want to use quick setting enhancer we have one formulated to be compatible with KwickKrystal CA. It is available in 2oz. pump spray containers and can be purchased as a part of the set pictured above or independently.  A debonder is also available as well as med, thick, and flex formulas. For those with special needs it comes in the colors brown, black, blue, and red colors. KwickKrystal is packaged in 1oz., 2oz., 8.5oz., and 16oz. bottles. For pricing and shipping costs please drop me a note and I’ll get back to you with a price quote.

Mini bowlBack to the briar patch. I was able to glue the cracked bowl as well as finish it with KwickKrystal CA thin.

Until next time stay safe and “God Bless!”


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The Nativity Trees

Forest of the Nativity 3
The Nativity Trees

Greetings everyone. I have been working in my shop to create small turnings that I call “Seasonal Trees.”  Included is a set I refer to as: “The Nativity Trees”. I have been working with various wood types and sizes in many colors that have been in my shop for some time. The trees you see here are part of a collection made this Fall and as a group called “The Nativity Trees.”

Some materials for the “forest” include pine, spalted birch, cocobolo, aromatic red cedar, oak, ash, and boxelder. In addition, I have used several different colors including “strata-board” variations that have been used to turn pens, bottle stoppers and engraved medallions.

Each tree that I turn is “custom”, that is, there are no exact copies. This is by design so that I may stay interested in the process, and, so those who might want to collect them will have, in each case, a signed, dated, and unique addition to their ‘forest’.

Patriot's Christmas Tree
Patriot’s Christmas Tree

Although basic turning is rather simple, a more challenging part in the process is to impart a high gloss permanent finish that will withstand the much handling that these trees invite.  I sand each tree with 14 different sandpaper grits, apply 9 coats of CA Kwick Krystal(TM) finish and finally use a very durable high gloss polish to complete the custom tree. Even though each tree is wood, the finished product looks and feels like polished glass.

Each tree is topped with either a Swarovski crystal, a glass or metal star, or an Hungarian furnishing. The tree sizes vary from 1.5″ – 4.5″ and come in a presentation box that is stamped with the “Needles of the North” logo.  These trees make excellent hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or special occasion mementos.

First offered at a shop in Bigfork, Minnesota Timber Rose Floral and Gifts they have found a high acceptance level and there are individuals who have begun to collect them to be displayed all year round. If you are interested pleased send me an email or contact me through Facebook.Facebook .

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