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Old 04-13-2016, 03:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RDH79 View Post
Hi Casey, I will watch for some of your work. I haven't bought any of the worthless wood blanks because of the price. I would like to give yours a try when your ready to sell.
Hi Rich, I will send you a PM sometime tomorrow evening if not sooner. Your situation is the perfect example of what I'm trying to provide a remedy for! I am currently ready to sell, just need to stock up on inventory some more.

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Old 04-13-2016, 08:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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G'day young Casey

You will find that when it comes to "casting", there is not much out there that have not been done, including using the grapevine "wood" that is not really a wood.

I recall seeing a vine pen made by someone many years ago and I have also made good use of a good tonne of grapevine wood that was pulled out after 40 years of producing some of the most famous wine made in Australia, the McLaren Vale Shiraz Red wine.

I have sold many of those blanks including the cast ones that I still have listed on my web-store and many hundred of blanks I have stabilised and ready to go, from natural colour to dyed.

You are correct, grapevine make beautiful stuff, I do however, give you some free advice in regards to preserving/storing the raw grapevine, I lost almost half of what I collected after the vine dried all its sap that was the only thing that kept a particular type of bug/wood borer from literally making hundreds of pin-holes on the vine that had to be burn to kill the devils however, many of them have contaminated many other woods that were near by so, threat what you have before is too late...!

There is nothing wrong with trying to make some extra money to pay for your education or anything else you may need, be creative and not a copier, casting has limitless opportunities...!

Best of luck,

Hi George,

Thanks for you reply. I understand and agree that grapevine is not really a wood, however I still like the sound of calling it "grapewood" and since I do stabilize my pieces, it's characteristics are practically identical.

All of the grapevine that I use comes from California, so I'm not sure what the difference would be between Californian grapevine and Australian grapevine, but I would love to see some pictures of what you're talking about.

I really appreciate the advice in storing the grapevine, since I will probably have to start harvesting my own at some point and drying it and doing everything else myself. Currently I get my grapevine from a supplier who dries it, and then sandblasts it. I haven't had any experience with any bugs or anything like that, but thanks for the advice, I will keep an eye out.

I definitely want to try to stay creative, which is why I want to keep pursuing these type of blanks. Other than you, I still haven't heard much use of grapevine blanks or blanks cast with grapevine, and hopefully it stays that way. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm sure there are other people out there who have done similar things like us with it, I just haven't been able to find them easily.

Thanks for the encouragement and kind words George!

Well Casey pens made with my vine are plentiful here on IAP, a quick search and you will get to see a few.

The start of my grape wood has started here read through it and make sure you have a good look at post #30

Have fun...!

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Old 04-13-2016, 11:41 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I have a LOT of wild Mustang Grape vines on my farm. It's mostly a nuisance & I'm constantly cutting & pulling it away from my trees. Most of my vines don't get more than 2-3" in diameter, but I've pulled some down that were over 50' long. Some that grow in areas that are not problematic are over 6" in diameter. I've harvested some of those larger vines, let them dry & made pens and bottle stoppers from them - no stabilizing or casting. The "wood" in those large vines is quite solid. I do have plans for casting some of my vines, just haven't started doing so yet. I don't expect to be any marketing competition for you though. Have fun & keep posting photos.
Well let me know if you ever have too much vines taking up space and I'd be glad to take them off your hands and give you some form of compensation! Some of the pieces I've gotten have been quite thick too, and I completely agree that they can be quite solid. I'm sure you'll have just as much fun as I do when you get to casting them! Will do Ed, thanks for the encouragement.
Casey, if you would like to try some of my wild Texas grape vine, just send me a PM with your address and I'll ship you a large flat rate box of vines to play with. I'll cover the shipment & all I ask in return is a couple of bottle stoppers made from this material.

Here's a photo of what I have available right now. This is mostly 1-2" pieces and a few 2-3" pieces. It's from a long, large vine that was about 4" at its base that I cut a couple of years ago. I kept the first 30' or so of the vine that was at least an inch in diameter and stacked it on a shipping pallet under my tractor shed to dry. I'll cut some of this into 11-12" pieces and cram as much as I can into an LFRB if you want some.

I haven't checked the MC on these yet, but with our Texas Gulf Coast humidity, nothing ever dries below 11-13% on its own. So even after a couple of years of air drying, they will probably still need some further toaster oven or microwave drying before you cast them with Alumilite.

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Old 04-13-2016, 12:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks George, great post! Will do Ed, I'll send you one right now.

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Old 04-05-2017, 09:16 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Great idea, Casey! I just started pen turning so I'm still practicing with cheap wood, but find the hybrid blanks to be really cool. I would be interested in purchasing from you down the line. An $8 blank is a lot easier to stomach than $15 ...
I also really like the blue and green blanks you made. Nice work!

Any chance you would be willing to cast some blanks from wood I sent you? I have a piece of Burl I'm going to start working with in the next few months and want to get some hybrids out of it, but don't want to invest in all the stuff to do it my self yet...

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