Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

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It’s been weeks since I have been able to post! This year more I have been covered up with orders for my boards, ice cream scoops, birdhouses and honey sticks. Most all of the orders have been shipped with a few that were ordered late that will ship this week. If you ordered from me I want to thank you very much and hope you loved everything. If you are giving as gifts, I hope everyone enjoys them. I sure would love to see pictures from your kitchen!

My wife and I spent the afternoon yesterday making Chocolate Chip Cookies, 6 dozen! :) In just a while we are planning to make 4 dozen our Heath Candy bar cookies.

This chocolate chip recipe was given to me many years ago from a friend. It is not the traditional Hershey chocolate chip recipe, these cookies are a chewy chocolate chip cookie. Everyone has their preference but I really like a chewy cookies with medium thickness and a ratio of 50/50 chocolate to dough.

Ingredients:
1 pound unsalted butter (room temperature)
1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
2-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
4 eggs (room temperature)
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour
3 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 pounds of chocolate, chips, chunks mixed plus a little chopped

I use King Arthur pastry and bread flour. f you have not been to their web site and you like to bake, you need to visit their site! :)

To get started, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line all of your baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift all of your dry ingredients into a separate bowl.

In a large mixing bowl of your electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.

Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.

Reduce speed to low and add your dry ingredients and vanilla. Stop mixer, remove and clean off paddle. Now addd your chocolate and mix using spatula or by hand.

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I like to use a scoop to keep all the cookies about the same size. Bake until lightly browned, but still soft about 12-14 minutes depending on your pan and oven.

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Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

 

 

 

Wine Bottle Stoppers!

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This is my version of a wooden wine bottle stopper. After preparing the wood blanks I turn these on the lathe making a recess at one end. The recess is where I mount the cork. The bottle stopper to the left was turned from Maple Burl, Blackwood and Redheart wood. The Bottle stopper to the right I turned from Blackwood, Maple and Purple Heart wood.

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The next two pictures give you an idea of how I turned the recess for the cork!

 

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The pictures shows the colors of the Maple Burl, Blackwood and Redheart wood.

 

My Ice Cream Scoops make a great gift!

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Anyone like Cinnamon Rolls, check out the next picture!

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Enjoy Your Day!

 

 

 

 

 

The Rock

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Good evening y’all,

It was a beautiful day today on top of the mountain! Our high reached 59 degrees F, the low was only 39 degrees F. Fog all day today but no rain. We are due to get heavy rain tomorrow but clearing for Sunday.

I have not had much time to post the last week because I am extremely busy in the shop, which is a good thing!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! :)

 

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

- Aristotle

 

I made a Cherry cutting board for a nice customer that lives in Boston, MA and she sent me a picture of the board in her kitchen. It goes very well with her Kitchen Aid mixer!

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Handcrafting a Walnut Hand Mirror – Part II

 

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After hand sanding to 600 grit, the mirror is ready for applying the finish. After wiping down using a tack cloth to remove all the sanding dust I applied the first coat of Master Gel Finish. Between each coat I will sand again using the 1200 grit, wiping each time with the tack cloth to remove any dust. This will give the walnut a smooth, soft, glossy finish.

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The above picture has 1 coat and it has started building the glossy finish I am wanting. I am thinking it will take 6 or 7 coats.

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After 6 coats, sanding between each coat, removing the dust using a tack cloth and applying another coat I am now ready to mount the mirror.

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Adding the mirror really looks good!

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The backside is beautiful! This Walnut is showing its colors, both light and dark!

Over all dimensions are 5/8 inch thick, 13 inches long and 6 inches wide. The mirror is 5 inches in diameter.

I added the hand mirror to my site today to see if they will sell. I am asking $35 each, click this link to see more pictures, Wooden Hand Mirror 

 

If you missed Part I, click this link: Handcrafting a Wooden Hand Mirror

 

 

 

Wood Supply

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I had a new wood supply of Black Walnut land this week…four beautiful pieces! These came from a huge Black Walnut tree, each piece is between 11 to 13 inches wide, 4/4 thick.

All of these have beautiful markings, color and curly designs, so pretty. These are going to make some beautiful pieces after sanded and finished.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!!! 

Go Tigers! Clemson tiger paw 

The Clemson Tigers won today 35 to 17 against South Carolina!!!

 

 

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Handcrafting a Walnut Hand Mirror – Part I

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I was asked to make a right-handed hand mirror using Walnut. This is Part 1 of a two part post!

To start, I selected a piece of Walnut that had character and different colors. To reduce the weight I planed the Walnut to 5/8 inch thick.

I then needed to make a template to make it easier for cutting the Walnut to size and to cut the recessed mirror area. I decided to use 1/2 inch plywood for the template. The mirror will be 5 inch in diameter. Next I “rough cut” the Walnut to size but slightly larger than what I wanted the final size to be.

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I marked the side of the mirror for a right-handed mirror, see my pencil marks. I applied the template to the rough cut piece of Walnut using double sided tape.

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Using my router I cut the recessed area that will hold the mirror 1/8 of an inch in depth.

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The Walnut is now ready for sanding.

Keeping following my post, I will post Part II, the final post soon! In Part II I will show you the sanding, applying the finish and mounting the mirror!

Have a great weekend!

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There are 3 different handle designs for my round cutting boards!!

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