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#1 dww2

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Posted 21 March 2021 - 07:57 PM

I started working on this last fall but had to put off working on it again until the weather was cooperating. It is an ash stick I found a while back which had an exciting root sticking up out of the ground next to it. My theory, based on the obvious deer scrape on the shank, is that a buck was shining up his antlers on the tree one fall and accidentally snagged a surface root. Enough was still in the ground for it to stay alive and produce a really odd mass of roots. I trimmed off most of them, but still haven't decided what to do with the one on the outside of the curve.

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Posted 25 March 2021 - 02:53 PM

Worked on this one for a while yesterday. Decided to leave about an inch of that top root and round it over. I really wish it was a bit straighter but it'll do. Took off quite a bit of material where it goes from handle to shank to reduce the weight a bit. It's had its first coat of poly.

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Posted 25 March 2021 - 09:04 PM

Nature makes some great shapes to work with. Truely one of a kind. 


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Posted 27 March 2021 - 02:39 PM

Yeah it was a very lucky find. I'd walked by it a dozen or so times but finally noticed the root sticking up.



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Posted 08 April 2021 - 06:21 PM

Got some good pics of this one finished.

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