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Last fall I went up on the Uncompahgre Plateau to a friend’s place and managed to get this huge piece of “rich Lighter’d” ponderosa that I’ve been cutting up for the last few years into my truck ... it was about 7 feet long and probably weighed 800 lbs.  A winch and some ingenuity got it done.  The old tree probably fell over a hundred years ago and is really weathered as you can see on the outside but inside the wood is gorgeous.  It does have some decay and insect damage so it has plenty of places for mineral...

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I’ve been working on this piece for a few days now.  Fruitwood is always beautiful and it is very prone to checking so it offers a lot of opportunities to do inlay work.  This piece was completely dry before I started turning it which means it is very stable and there should be no further movement in the wood that could start new checking.  Turning dry hard wood makes for slow, messy, and tedious turning though as I produced no shavings but only sawdust. 🙄

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I’m glad to have this piece finished!  I think I will title it “Dreaming the Hunt”.  I have a video of the piece on my FB sight if anyone is interested @bertpolingwoodturning Well this piece sold the ports day I listed it.  If anyone is interested please contact me and Imam happy to take commissions.

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Getting near the end ... likely just a few hours left.  This latest pic shows the work on the cheek plates and is typical of both sides.

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Here is the latest photo showing the last additions to this work.  Pyrography on bone is sure a time consuming endeavor compared to burning on other materials, but the contrast between the white bone and the shades of burned areas is so pleasing to me.  I’ve added six arrow heads and the 2 design bands at the horn bases as well as two sun symbols.

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