Favorite Lunch

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Lauren was married on Saturday, she was very beautiful, the dress was gorgeous on her and she is very happy! She had a outdoor wedding, with an inside wedding reception dinner. They are now gone on their honeymoon but she will be home on Saturday evening! 

When we are at the beach we enjoy eating boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell! Today for lunch we decide to share both! Love both the shrimp and oysters, both are great with a cold beer too! :)

Blue-Points oysters

Today the temperature is now at 100 degrees F with a 112 heat index, almost too hot to be outside. The Atlantic Ocean is like bath water and the pool water is hot at 87 degrees F. Looking for late afternoon rain showers to cool everything off!

Hilton Head is a great place to vacation!

 

Walnut and Cherry hand mirrors!

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June Sunrise

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We had a beautiful sunrise this morning with cool temperatures in the low 60’s F. Light rain last night cooled off everything but today our high is supposed to get to 89 degrees F with afternoon showers.

Enjoy your Saturday!

 

Below is a Black Walnut and Hard Rock Maple end grain cutting board. This end grain cutting board is 10 inches x 15 inches x 1-1/2 thick and has finger pulls on each end making it easier to lift off the counter.

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Making My Wood Conditioner!

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I spent a couple hours this afternoon making my Wood Conditioner today because I only had a few tins available. If you are not familiar with my Wood Conditioner, when used on your wood cutting board, wood utensils or anything wood it will penetrate and helps to revive, condition and protect it. I also use it on my cast iron pans for conditioning. Read more about my Wood Conditioner!

I have a label on the lid and the bottom that I apply by hand. Labels are done for the lids in the above photo!

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Tins ready to fill, I use the syringe to fill each tin, it makes for easy work and clean up too! Each tin will be filled with my Food Grade Mineral oil and Food Grade Beeswax mixture. It will be hot but once cooled becomes solid.

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Once the tins are filled, it takes about an hour for the Wood Conditioner to cool and harden. Above are three tins that were filled at different times, the one in the middle has not cooled and gotten solid just yet.

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They are all done, cooled, labeled and ready!

 

Check out my End Grain Cutting Boards!

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Siebold Elegans Hostas

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This is a beautiful grouping of Siebold Elegans Hosta that I spotted today at Furman University. It was the best day ever for photography, 70 degrees, light breeze and sunshine.

My daughter Lauren is getting married in June and today was her day for wedding dress pictures. She is so beautiful in her dress! Our first stop was Furman University, pictures among the huge 100 year old growth oak trees, then in front of the fountains, then the Rose garden!  When the photographer was done, he had taken over 1200 photos, I took over 150.

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These hosta were growing under the huge old growth oak trees, aren’t they beautiful!!!

 

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Black Cherry Burl Slab

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A good customer called me a few weeks ago and described to me a new board that he wanted. He first said he wanted a unique board for his food photography, a board that no one else had, something really special and beautiful. Bob has ordered several times from me, so I knew as he described the board he was passionate about his food photography and his cooking. Bob is a wonderful chef and he post his food photography on his Instagram page, That_Paleo_Guy  

Before we hung up, my mission was to locate potential boards, take pictures and email to him. It wasn’t long before he had picked out the American Black Cherry Burl. This piece is a slab, live each with thick bark on all sides, which is exactly what Bob wanted.

After flattening and all the sanding, I applied half of the board with food grade mineral oil so that you could see the beautiful color transformation as the finish is applied.

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The pictures I sent Bob was unfinished but you could tell that the Cherry Burl slab had really beautiful birds eye figuring with crazy grain and beautiful buttery colors. This board has more character than most pieces, it is absolutely beautiful!

The above shows the finish board after I removed it from the food grade mineral oil bath. Once dried I applied my Wood Conditioner.

 

The photo below was taken by Bob last week!!!

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Maple & Paduak

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I started two end grain cutting boards last week, One was Maple and Cherry (left), the other was Maple and Pakauk (right). Paduak is an orange-red color wood from South America.

The Maple and Paduak boards is to the right, first glue-up. In this post I am going to show you the finishing process of the Maple and Padauk end grain board.

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The above picture shows the second glue-up for the final pattern.  It’s dry  and ready to go to the Jet belt sander to get it flat on both sides. This board will finish out at 10 inches wide, 16 inches long and 2 inches thick. Once flat I sanded all sides from 120 grit up to 600 grit.

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What looks like water is food grade mineral oil. After being in the food grade mineral oil bath for over an hour I removed it to let it air dry. I will let it dry over night before wiping it down with a cotton cloth.

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Another view of this board that shows the finger pull, I cut one on each side to make it easier to lift. This board was finished with  food grade mineral oil, then my wood conditioner that is a food grade mineral oil and food grade beeswax mixture.