Chick of the trade

Last year we had a demo day at our Louisiana friend's shop in Kinder, LA.  While there, we demonstrated both the M7 sawmill and the LAKS 330 Frame Saw.  We put a 20 inch Cypress log on the M7 and during the show, Ben sawed out several 4X6" cants.  We then took those over to the LAKS and we put them through the frame saw and we watched as the LAKS cut precision 1 X 4 boards out of this fresh cypress.  At the end of the show, I was able to take a few of the resulting boards home with me.  Recently, I found one of these boards that had been drying, and decided to see what I could make out of it.  

46 Cypress Chick

I had recently purchased a used scroll saw and decided to try it out on some of this nice cypress that we had cut at the demo day in Louisiana.  I drew a picture on it and then made it into a puzzle.  On a sunny day I took out my magnifying glass and burned some eyes on the chick using the concentrated solar heat.  I sanded it a bit and then I handed it over to my granddaughter, Cider.  She loved it!

I hope you like it too!

This was only a small portion of this board.  This shows what you can do with scraps of lumber.  If you don't have a use for them at your own shop, find a local woodworker who can make small items from them.  Your scraps can be someone else's really nice project material!