Introduction: LIM Pendant

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Sometimes making doesn't need to be complicated. Or difficult. Or time-consuming.

Sometimes the material just speaks for itself.

Sometimes it's almost too bad to 'do something' with it.

Sometimes nature itself is the best designer.

Sometimes less is simply a lot more.

Step 1: Finding THAT Piece of Wood

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When we lived in South France, I spent many hours everywhere.

Many hours at sea, chasing tuna fish by kayak - many times I only crossed dolphins...

Many hours in the mountains, chasing sunrises - many times I also had sunsets...

Many hours in no-mans lands, chasing wooden masterpieces - many times I also met the presumed inexistent land-owners...

I fell in love with olive-wood, in that period. No wonder that my very first instructable was made over there.

Olive-wood is living art. It has a unique, unpredictable, warm and fascinating, wonderful grain, it's extremely dense and heavy and the smell of the fresh cut wood is just overwhelming.

Old, abandoned, dead olive trees became the ultimate treasures during many walks, over there...

Step 2: Drilling Carrots

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In fact, this instructable is a kind of useful sidekick of another instructable - the yo-yo-one.

Since I wanted to make that knife thinner and more beautiful, I decided to give it a shot with a precious piece of left-over-olive from yet another project.

Using a 50mm clock drill it's very easy to cut nice 'carrots' from it.

The smell... Just unbelievable...

Step 3: Cutting Milstones

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Since I wanted to use these carrots to cut slices for the knife-handle, I decided to test to which thickness I could get them before they would break.

That's where the fascinating caracteristics of this wood come into the game. Using a handheld steel-saw I cut a handful of discs of less than 4mm - 3.9mm, to be precise - which I tried to break using medium force aka one hand.

Honestly, this wood is strong. Try this simple action with 10mm beech and it will break immediately. With 8mm oak idem. Same force, 4mm olive - go ahead. Compare it with cracking a walnut. It works, but you have to work for it.

I wanted my knife-handles, I got my knife handles.

But I also got absolutely beautiful wooden discs to use in other projects.

Or in a not-project like this one.

Step 4: A Moment in Life

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So I enlarged the center hole, rounded the edges and sanded a few discs smooth to 1200 grit.

No more than that. And a tiny drop of walnut oil as finish.

Sometimes less is simply more, I said.

Go find that wonderful piece of wood, reveal its story and open that particular time-window, these few years in a life of a three with no name.

Back to woodworking basics, you know...


Alpha Negra made it! (author)2016-07-15

Good idea ! The simplicity of the pendant really lets the beauty of the wood stand out ! I made mine with hand tools, using boxwood instead of olivewood because I found a dead box shrub. The darker color is caused by a fungus.

bricobart (author)Alpha Negra2016-07-15

Stunning piece of artwork, wow! Great job, I'm glad having inspired you - I really need to find fungus infected olive trees! ;)

emilyvanleemput made it! (author)2015-08-12

4 months later, but I just completed the first pendant : ). The wood had a small piece missing on the side, instead of trying to work that away I just incorporated it in the design. The grain gives such beautiful patterns, it's almost abstract art. I finished it using olive oil, which turned out to work perfectly! The next pendant might get a bit of a remix though ; )

I like it! You found a very creative & beautiful solution for that error made by that furnisher of yours ;) and I can't wait to see what you'll drop in that contest!

omasson (author)2015-07-23

I like your project, but even more its simplicity and poetry, keep it up and thank you.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2015-03-24

Simplicity at its best my dear Friend :) Great Show as always, I wish I have such trees around me but all I see is Aloe Vera ...LOL

I just checked my satellites, and there are a few Arjun trees in the park around the corner of the crowdy street with all the cars and the cow in the middle. One of them has a dead branch at only 8m height. Easy! ;)

Plan B: teak is a good alternative. Success mate!

Jobar007 (author)2015-03-23

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, "There is intense beauty in simplicity."

Well done, as usual. I have a piece of Bolivian Rosewood (Pao Ferro) that I think this will technique will work well for.

bricobart (author)Jobar0072015-04-06

Thanx, again! Never hear about that wood, btw, and I'm really looking forward to your design!

zfollette (author)2015-04-06

I made mine real quick. I used cedar, but next time I'm going to use asian rose wood. I love the grain on your olive by the way!

Holje made it! (author)2015-03-22

Not like yours, but it's something! :) Thank you for great idea!

bricobart (author)Holje2015-03-22

Gorgeous, hard to see the difference with mine ;)

Wonderful grain, btw!

Holje (author)bricobart2015-03-22

Than you! :)

beader1986 (author)2015-03-20

Beautiful! I am going to have to try this out!

bricobart (author)beader19862015-03-22

Thanx, and good luck!

Corinbw (author)2015-03-19

oh wow... I love it. And the presentation was beautiful. Bricobart? why do you distract me with your awesome instructables when I should be doing homework?? Stop being so talented... Jkjk don't do that.

do you know how I could get my hands on some olive wood?

bricobart (author)Corinbw2015-03-20

Hi mate, very nice comment, btw - which I don't deserve, btw bis. At your age I wasn't even half as talented as you are, and there even wasn't something like Instructables. It was even worse, there was no internet and cassette-players where the latest hype.

The message is that you're going to build experience by the years. By doing a lot of things really badly wrong for example. Only fools never learn from their mistakes. If woodworking is what you like to do, you're going to be really fine!

About that homework. I know, I also invented every excuse to skip that part of my life, but later I learned that those efforts helped somehow to find my way in it. Mental investments, to fight back later.

And, olive? I saw you're living in Utah, which is almost the right climate - go to central Spain for example, there's olive everywhere. Or you can do the guerilla in local garden markets - which is quite a bit against the law - or you can ask if they don't have some dead or almost dead specimens left...

Looking forward to your next Ible, beat it!

emilyvanleemput (author)2015-03-18

It may be simple, but it's also simply gorgeous :)

Thanx Emily. Send me an address in a pm and I'll send you one those discs so you can make one yourself. Sanding paper not included ;)

Any chance that there are anymore leftover discs?

Nice try, but instead of sending wooden discs the whole world over and thus increasing my ecological footprint by, let's say, a 1000 times, I did better: I told you how to make it, which is the very best I could offer!

Go & multiply - those pendants, my friend.

tomatoskins (author)2015-03-19

That olive wood is straight up beautiful!

bricobart (author)tomatoskins2015-03-19

It is! I just regret that on the moment I found it I didn't have my camera with me. No pictures of the trunk, it was just me and my handsaw, excited as a child the day before the dentist visit. Something like that...

NathanSellers (author)2015-03-18

Beautiful grain. Way to present it so nicely.

bricobart (author)NathanSellers2015-03-18

Thanx, wait till you see that next knifie...

loony1 (author)2015-03-18

This is inspiring: I have some Desert Ironwood pieces from a like project just pining to be used in such a way. Also very dense and with a charismatic grain...I may just have found their calling.

bricobart (author)loony12015-03-18

Reveil their story my friend! Better listen to a good piece of wood than to a stupid person. My opinion...

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