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Saturday's Job

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Back in the beginning of May I was asked by a gentleman to carve a memorial for his wife in the top of the stump of a tree he had removed in his front yard. The tree stump was 52" x 51". (Big stump, but about 5" or 6" high.)

Took me a bit to get over there; my breathing being as bad as it was all summer. But, I made it over there Saturday and here was the end result 馃檭 He was instructed to put something over it to protect it, as it is gonna age (I recommended white but he wanted black and wouldn't let us get the tree to look freshly cut again... wanted the weathering in there) so... as long as he's happy. Never did a freehand on a tree stump; it was an adventure to say the least. (I was a sight to behold, laying on those shop floor cushion mats with my @$$ in the air, carving this thing :lol: )

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And you didn't even skin your elbows, I am impressed. Did you do that on one battery?
Herb
Nope, no skinned elbows, but when I was changing out bits, one of those little stinkers bit me pretty good on the back of my hand!

I would say it was two, Herb. The first battery was a little one, and Ken changed it out when he thought it sounded like it was getting low (but I don't think it was). The second one actually stopped in the middle of a cut, resulting in Ken changing to the third. That's the funny thing about my cordless; when it's done, there's no warning. It's done, and it just STOPS. Like someone put a brake on; that's been one of the things we've had to adjust to going from corded to cordless: When you turn off a cordless, the turning stops on a dime. When turning off a corded machine, it stops gradually.
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Couldn't do that on a CNC. lol

Good Show!!
That's Riiiiiiight LOL funny you said that; over the weekend I thought of you, John. I was like: try THAT with your CNC, John :haha: and thanks. It was definitely an adventure.
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OMG Barb, it looks great. I would have needed a hoist to get me up off the ground. I remember seeing a CNC machine that can be put on the ground or concrete to carve.
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Simply Amazing work, Barb! Definitely a very nice tribute to his wife. Great job!
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Barb, how long had the tree been cut down. Was the stump still green? I have seen stumps stay green for a long time because it takes awhile for the roots to die. Once they die at the surface they start to crack badly. That one appeared to have some dead heart wood when it was alive, but no large cracks.
Herb
Barb, beautiful work. Topic is a little sad but if it brings him a little bit a bit of peace then doubly spectacular.
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Hi, Barb.
That was a superb job. Kudos for you and Ken.
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Barb, how long had the tree been cut down. Was the stump still green? I have seen stumps stay green for a long time because it takes awhile for the roots to die. Once they die at the surface they start to crack badly. That one appeared to have some dead heart wood when it was alive, but no large cracks.
Herb
When he asked me in May, Herb, it had been cut down a week or so, I want to say. It had been partially taken out by a storm we had (having a large limb land on his car) so he had it removed.
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There were no do overs on this job.
Nice work Barb.

David
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That is such a lovely way to remember someone. You did a beautiful job!
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Nice job on the stump lettering, Barb. I've always wanted to learn this, but I think I'm too old and shaky now.

Art S
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**Update**

Thank you. It was a fun if not exhausting afternoon. He finally sent me the picture of the stump after he put on the poly. Here's the final look:

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Perfectly done Barb,love it. Jamesjj777746
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Wow, that's fantastic workmanship! The pictures with you and your router next to the stump give a better idea of the size...that is a huge stump! 馃憤
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