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When I made a LED dining room fixture for a client I made a major error towards the end of the build and started from scratch. Some of the wood I used has been sitting in the shop waiting for my brain to come up with a . A few weeks ago the light went on while watching an old Karate Kid movie (the one with Hilary Swank). She was living with monks and walked into a sand & rock garden. I did a little research on the subject and found it's called a karesansui. I got some ideas and began the project. (This will be a gift to the client for his office to keep his patients busy while waiting to see the doctor.)
The black between the mahogany edging and maple sides is aquarium gravel.
When I bought the rocks, black gravel, sand and little Bonsai tree I also bought a statue and a larger Bonsai. But that was too much in that box, so I was thinking of taking them back. But the idea that the tools really had no place to sit other than on the edge of the box was bothering me. One thing led to another and the next thing I knew I had made this:
The statue is of Siddhartha, young Buddha. Legend has it he sat under a tree thinking about the meaning of life and almost starved in the process. This is the same height as the karesansui box and is intended to sit at the end of the box.
I made a second rake because it works better. But I kept the original and made the holder for all three.
The woods are maple, padauk, mahogany and jatoba. The round piece under the tree is jatoba. Bad choice for turning!
I'll be stopping by his office Saturday. I'm hoping he'll be in with a patient when I get there and I'll have everything set up when he comes out. He's 82 and still works 6 days a week! He deserves nice things. I hope he likes it!