I’ve finished my second wood-stretching exercise since arriving at Morro Bay and made a awesome discovery. Evidently wood has a limit of about 3 1/2 inches that it can be stretched.
Or maybe it is just type (Eucalyptus) of wood that I used that is limited. Here’s the story. Our friends Paul and Ginny have a grand daughter that likes to do wood-working. She has given them the cutest little box with a pivoting top, that she made in shop. For an eleven-year-old, that is awesome.
So I’m thinking, “I’ll make one of my favorite tricky projects… a wooden chain carved from a single piece of wood, just to see if she will be challenged to replicate it, or at least figure out how I did it.”
I started by cutting a dried branch to 10” in length. When I finished my magic it looked like a wooden Numchuck, with 3 links, that was almost 13 1/2” long. Then I thought, “I should have documented that in photos, for who would believe that the piece would turn out 3 1/2” inches longer than when I started?
A couple days later I get inspired to make another one, by the young son of one of our co-workers. This one I would photograph at each stage of the process. I started this time with a 12 1/4” piece of the same kind of wood.
Reason tells me that more links SHOULD equal more length!
Is there a scientific answer to this dilemma? How can I grow the stick more than 3 1/2”?