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And they’re off…!

Carousel horses at the reclamation yard.

We did take a field trip to the salvage yard today. There was lots of the usual stuff. Masses of reclaimed doors, fire surrounds, beams, bathrooms. The doorknob room. Lots of tiles, including some interesting ones.

I bought an urn. More like a vase. I’ll show it to you when I get it cleaned up.

It was neat, but not as neat as the one we went to a few years ago. I remembered the name: Symond’s Salvage. They don’t seem to have as much stock online to browse through, though I note they have a very interesting galvanized “troff”. We’ll have to make a trip back there some time.

There was no nice garden sculpture for Uncle B, which made him sad. So I bought him a fish and chips.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 23, 2022, 9:32 pm

“troff” indeed! There are lots of other entertaining spellings there, as well. “Origanal extrat large cast iorn pot” is a good ‘un.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 23, 2022, 9:37 pm

I’d never heard of a “roll top bath” before. A quick Duck search reassured me that it is not at all akin to a “roll top desk”. I was much relieved.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 23, 2022, 9:59 pm

That picture you have there, charge of the Scot’s Greys at Waterloo isn’t it?

You got Uncle B a fish and chips for his garden?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 23, 2022, 10:35 pm

Did Uncle Badger want something in particular for the garden? A stone badger perhaps? Though I’ve never seen a badger statue. Lots of insipid bunnies, frogs in top hats, and turtles. A rearing badger would be awesome! I’d put one in my garden 🙂

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 23, 2022, 11:28 pm

An Uncle Badger statue?

I sez to myself “This is the 21st Century and dat Internet, she has anything!”


And now I wants one for myself!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 23, 2022, 11:46 pm

There’s something appropriate about using a chainsaw to sculpt badgers. I really like these.

@Some Vegetable – I like the whimsical style of the one you posted a lot! I just wish they made him bigger; that statue is 18 cm. / 7 in. tall! Three times the size would be about right…

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 24, 2022, 2:16 am

Wow! That would be a great statue!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: February 24, 2022, 12:02 pm

Funnily enough, they did have a stone badger there but it wasn’t very good. Unlike the fish and chips which was very welcome!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 24, 2022, 2:05 pm

@Uncle Al – recently got into the chainsaw thing. Now there are three, looking to be 4 because one that has the fortitude to slice 20″ diameter logs lengthwise is needed.

But that has left us with lots of wood that I hate to just burn – post-oak and sweetgum.
So – the question – these chainsaw carvers, one must assume after waving around the 60cc one, and the lesser ones, that these carvers are using something smaller and “waving around” friendly. I’m wanting to make everything from mortise and tenon rail fence to Adirondack rockers with the various bits that don’t get turned into board lumber.
And a chainsaw seems ideal for making big quick cuts because rustic is what we’re after, rather than things that appear crafted by Thomas Chippendale himself.

Any idea what they use?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 24, 2022, 5:19 pm

My lawyer has ordered me NEVER to give chainsaw advice.

Just kidding. But all I know about chainsaws is second or third hand. All I got is that it seems Husqvarna saws have a very good reputation, and always use protective gear and clothing and have a spotter with a cell phone ready to call 911.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: February 24, 2022, 6:04 pm

I don’t see the troff. Must have sold already. *frown*

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 24, 2022, 7:17 pm

Good advice Uncle A – I bought the Husqy protective chaps, gloves and helmet/earprotection/face guard first thing before I fired up my first Stihl.

I have to believe the chainsaw sculptors are using a really light weight unit with a short bar, these days, possibly electric. Cutting my first mortise and tenon with the lightest saw I have (an Echo) demonstrated that something even lighter would be better.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 24, 2022, 7:39 pm

Being an old computer guy, I was rather taken aback by the idea of galvanized this troff.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 24, 2022, 9:11 pm

@ Tim Carlson,

Nope, the “troff” is still there… the description below the 600£ (sterling) vat is where the action takes place.

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