I'm a semi retired patent agent, but its not about that; I've been married to a beautiful woman since she was 18 and I was 21 in 1968.
My dream in life since 1953 when my dad died was to own our property again on Deadman Creek (we say "crick") and in Oct. of 2000 we were able to buy 30 acres of the place back. Now we have a cabin on the old place and go there whenever we can. And I'm doing what I can to eventually build a porch on the front, hence "Jimbo's Front Porch".
One thing I'm doing to raise funds for the building project is turning and hand carving wood crochet hooks from branch wood I collect from the ranch. Proceeds from sales go into the building fund such as it is.
Ok.. nuf about me.. I spect more will come out as this grows.
This is a large block of Red Fir taken from a dead tree just a few yards East of the cabin up on Deadman Crick. I think that tree is at least as old as me. My buddy Jim and I fell the tree and then used the chain saw to cut the slab you see, then it was
Jim, who is a superb woodworker, using his scrub plane to make the surface even. I got to make shavings too. I tell you there's nothing like the sound and feel of a sharp hand plane making shavings.
Once the top was smooth, we drilled holes for the legs, cut and slotted tennons on the leg ends, fitted Cocobolo wedges in the slots, and drove the legs through the slab. The wedges were used to secure the legs in place. It was decided to leave the legs natural.
And here you see the finished product. See the little Cocobolo wedges in the top ends of the tennons? You can click and enlarge the picture for a better idea.
Now I'm itching to do more. I'd love to make us a dining table and maybe a log frame bed for the kids.