Woodworkers Club of Houston

March 2014 Projects



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March meeting’s guest speaker was Dr. Dave Mueller who spoke on what is spalting and even how to make spalted wood which can provide a beautiful accent to wooden piece of art.  Dr. Mueller explained that “Spalting is generally defined as any penetrating color found in wood, that is caused by very specific fungi groups”.  Spalting is nature’s way of “recycling” wood.  The difference between spalting and black surface mold is that spalting only occurs on dead wood whereas surface mold only occurs on the surface.  Dr. Mueller emphasized that surface mold that is NOT spalting.  (Note:  If that was so Houstonians could make a fortune thanks to the local humidity).  

Dr. Mueller addressed the causes of spalting, what is needed for spalting to occur, types of spalting and provided numerous photos of spalting plus examples of crafts made from spalted wood. Dr. Mueller talked about techniques that woodworkers and artisans can use to create their own spalted wood designs.  Dr. Mueller stated that credit must be given to Dr. Sara Robinson, Asst. Prof. of Wood Anatomy, Oregon State University, for her extensive research into the science of spalting.  Dr Robinson’s website is: www.northernspalting.com.  Dr. Mueller’s website is: http://www.aggieturner.com.



Josh Nichols shows off his table made of quarter sawn oak. Bob Wink was asked to make a statement about no guns for children and this is what he came up with.

Refridgerator magnets grace the display of Chuck Lickwar.

Chuck Meeder's own "Ode to Joy" of music in ash and mahogany.  The rose is of mahogany and maple and the frame is of cherry.





John Gay dazzles members with his lock box of maple and oak with his customary secret compartment.  John certainly holds the "key" to woodworking. 

Jerry Harmsen shows off some pens that he crafted of various woods.  Now he can sit down and write himself a letter. Don't let the box fool you into thinking he's going to smoke one.

Fred Sandoval explained how he can use his wooden tap to cut threads in wooden bolts.  Fred used mahagony and red oak.

While Tim Shaunty isn't the "Little Old Wine Maker" he certainly knows how to convert railroad trestle wood into wine accessories. Tim asked the railroads what woods were used and they replied "many" and "all types".
Rick Spacek shows off his scroll sawed double owl and cemetery scene that he entitled, "Standing Watch", made of Baltic birch. Tim Shaunty also crafted this wine rack of railroad bridge wood.  Did someone bring the cheese? Niklas Oberfeld described how he crafted compound cars from 1/2 inch laminates, scroll sawed boxes of spalted pecan and a toy blackboard with Home Depot blackboard paint. Ron Kuenning holds a doormat of cedar and river rocks.  Do you really think he's going to let people walk all over his artwork?


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