This video describes the top slab for the Game Table. Susie and I cut down this large scrub oak tree last spring at a neighbor's ranch. It was large and mostly dead with many spalted areas which really just added to the spectacular color and grain variation. It did however need a healthy infusion of epoxy to renew it's strength and hardness.

I have to confess, I am usually a bit nauseated when people over spiritualize stuff. And when they say that God told them "thus and such" or worse, they were given, "a word for me", the yellow caution lights glare in my cerebellum. But I digress. The thought process here is just to say; as with the lowly scrub oak, the splits, knots, decay and whatever else makes up the criteria for discard, can be transformed into beauty when the master is given a chance to work his kind of magic. God knows, scrub oak requires a good deal of work to make it look like some kind of magic has occurred...just like this knot-head.

Happy New Year and don't be too bummed if you don't hit the resolution targets. I think most of them are 200 yard shots with a bow anyway. And don't be too O'bummered if the election doesn't go the way you want or the economy doesn't improve as quickly as you'd like. With few exceptions, we are not even close to what my parents described of their experience in the great depression.

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