I have been working on woodworking as well as photography, but haven’t posted much lately so I thought it was time for a few updates. Some of these items sold at the recent Midwest Viking Festival at the Hjemkomst museum in Moorhead, MN, but there are plenty more to come!
Here is a quick update of a few of my recent woodworking projects from this spring and summer. The coffee table, sofa table, jewelry box, and magnetic knife block are made from black walnut wood which my great-grandfather cut and milled decades ago from our family farm in southern Minnesota. The oak desk/breakfast table is made from live edge wood that we milled with a chainsaw from an old dead oak tree on the same farm/woodlands of our family. The interesting character to the wood is from partial rot, weather damage, and insects and makes for a very unique piece.
In preparation for upcoming Art Shows which I will be attending this month (in Little Falls September 9-10 and Crosslake September 30th), I have just finished two additional Lake Superior Rock and Agate Resin Coffee/End Tables, one with Black Walnut wood and the other, most likely, with Cottonwood. In this post, I have also included photos of some of my fan wood-burns from LoTR and GoT inspired Minnesota.
I attempted the style of a Japanese artist I saw on Pinterest for this table. The hickory legs are inset into the black walnut table top and level with the surrounding wood. The two black walnut live-edge boards used for the top are stitched together using hickory butterfly inlays placed above each hickory under support board and in the center of the table-top.
These tables are the result of experimenting with butterfly/bow tie router inlays and I think they turned out well. The legs are raw steel coated with furniture wax for protection. The primary boards are black walnut which my great-grandfather Ezra cut and milled around 50 years ago and the inlays are from cherry.
I recently completed building these Black Walnut tables with legs of raw steel and Lake Superior rock and agates inlaid between two old boards which my great-grandfather milled a long time ago. A new gallery in Waseca, Minnesota called That Old Blue door accepted them for display and they are now on display with some of my other lamps and photography. Look them up if you are in southern Minnesota!