Woodworking - Working with Curves
I like the look of curved wood and decided to build a couple of curved top trunks. One has the look of a pirate chest and the other is a cedar chest with neat box joints that hold it together. The box joint is a really cool looking joint; and easy to make with a dado head and sliding jig on your tablesaw. I'll try and cover this in a how-to article down the road.
Well . . . Last week I bought some doors that were advertised on Craigslist, here in Gig Harbor. I went over to pick them up and the guy had a shop full of amazing curved and twisted wood sculpture and objects that were unbelievable; and to my trained eye, simply impossible. I have built and installed curved bars, desks and staircases over the years and know how much work is involved. This guy had solid hardwood over an inch thick bent like a ribbon on a Christmas Present. All types of hardwoods were represented . . . Maple, Cherry, Red Oak, White Oak and more. These are woods that do not bend well even after many hours of steaming.
Who is this wood magician, and how does he do it? That is what I had to find out. I made an excuse to come back the next day, because the owner wasn't there when I picked up the doors. I just had to learn more about this Crazy Bent Lumber.