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post #1 of 7 Old 05-20-2017, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Oregon

Hello all, my name is Jessica.

I've always enjoyed working with my hands. I'm a leatherworker and also make some jewelry with metal clay. I am now branching out to work with wood. I'm mostly interested in making jewelry with it. I recently bought myself my first big girl tool, a 14" Rikon bandsaw. I have a couple other pieces of equipment, a scroll saw, and a miter saw. I'm looking at getting a dust collector soon and a drill press in the near future. I'm also interested in setting up to do my own wood stabilizing. I really like funky/beautiful woods with a lot of character. Some of my favorites are: buckeye burl, black and white ebony, miscellaneous spalted, ziricote, and box elder to name a few.

I'm sure I'll be asking a lot of questions. I've already got a few in mind, but I hope I'll also be able to contribute to this community.
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Welcome here Jessica, to this friendly WW forum, where there is always room for one more. Your collection of wood "toys" will IMO, enhance your jewelry making skills and give you other facets of creativity. Having done some jewelry pieces using driftwood and stones for a natural look, and also offered "a lot of character". Enjoy your stay, post often, and be safe.
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Welcome Jessica. The folks here are quick to give advice to help everyone out. I'm surprised you didn't mention Myrtle Wood as Oregon is known for it.
Anyway - enjoy your craft.
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Thank you for the warm welcome. :)

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Having done some jewelry pieces using driftwood and stones for a natural look, and also offered "a lot of character".
Would love to see that if you have photos. I've been thinking about looking on the coast or local rivers for some driftwood. I have a couple pieces of wood that I think are a driftwood burl. I found them at a thrift store for a dollar each. I'll post photos. It'll be interesting to see if there is anything special when I cut into them.


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I'm surprised you didn't mention Myrtle Wood as Oregon is known for it.
Anyway - enjoy your craft.
Myrtlewood is a beautiful one but I guess I see it so much that it seems common to me in a way. Isn't that funny? Kind of like how koa is with me since I'm originally from Hawaii. I have high respect for these woods but I guess they don't come to mind as a favorite. As mentioned before, I like to go to thrift stores. Mostly to the the Salvation Army on half off days and the Goodwill outlet aka bins (last stop before everything gets trashed or recycled). I see a fair amount of Myrtlewood that I pass up but just the other day I found a 12" x 14" piece with some pretty curvy grain. Since it was half off, I got it for $2.44. It's currently a broken old clock with a thick top coat but I'm thinking of making some earrings from it.
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Hi Jessica, I too am in Oregon, down in Corvallis. You have one of the best wood dealers in the country up there, ( Gilmer wood company) and I know they used to have a small room with small pieces of a wide variety of woods. They were cut as turning blanks. Have you been there?
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Here's that wood that I think is a driftwood burl. Not really sure, maybe it's root?
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Hi Jessica, I too am in Oregon, down in Corvallis. You have one of the best wood dealers in the country up there, ( Gilmer wood company) and I know they used to have a small room with small pieces of a wide variety of woods. They were cut as turning blanks. Have you been there?
Hi there Mark, No I haven't been to Gilmer Wood Company. So far, the only woodworking stores I've been to is Woodcraft. Thanks for the heads up on it. It looks to be about a 30 min drive from my house.
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