This one ought to be added to the Amazing Stories of Sharing, all enabled via flickr photosharing.
Back in December, I posted a photo of some really solid oak that had been split for me (it was like iron)
Di, who is among the most prolific of kind commenting in flickr, was a bit horrified at the thought of my burning the wood- as she does creative things with wood, turning them (literally) into pens:
I’m crying right now… as I look at some of the spalting in that gnarly wood, I’m seeing GREAT pen turning opportunities… I’ve added some notes to a couple of the logs… here’s what I’d be doing with them…
Feel like cleaning up a block or two of the wood? (no bark across the border) and I’ll send you back a pen? ;-)
How could I resist that? I don’t want to see a grown creative woman cry! So I picked a log with interesting internal texture, packaged it up, and had it sent o Canada (not, it is not really cheap, but as you see above worth it!)
It’s really worth looking at her set to see how an ordinary log gets made into a beautiful pen.
I am at the Houston airpot now, eager to get back to Strawberry, and hopefully being able to post a photo soon of my new pen.
Thanks, Di! And I still have a lot of that wood saved in the shed.