0009 – Phyre Phryday V/Blog 02/28/2020 – (MD) Mouth Drill: PhyreHacking TUPELO (Nyssa Spp.)

Hello Global Tribe of PhyreKeepers (GTOP)!

02/28/2020 – Our 9th Vlog opens with the Tupelo (MD) Mouth Drill.

1st, I want to thank my daughter Alexa for taking the time to film me doing this Method. So, I had gotten 2 blocks of TUPELO (Nyssa Spp.) from a woodworking store called WOODCRAFT. I go to a few places to find a selection of domestic and exotic woods you will not find in your local hardware stores. I will visit Willard Brothers Sawmill in South Jersey, and also Boards & Beams in North Jersey, for example.

These 2 blocks were  4″ X 4″ X 12″. I had bandsawed one of the blocks into 3/4″ X 4″ X 12″ boards. I then put 2 of those boards together with a Box Joint which you will see in the video, and made one longer HearthBoard. I took another board and made a handful of 5/8″ reloads for my Bamboo reloading (MD) Mouth Drill Spindle. I put a trough in the HearthBoard (in woodworking this is called a “flute,”) as well as sockets and notches.

According to Eric Meier’s book WOOD, Tupelo (Nyssa Spp.) is supposed to have a Janka Hardness of 800. THESE blocks of Tupelo are NO WHERE NEAR 800 Janka. As I explain in the video, I have Sycamore (Janka 770) that is much harder/denser than this Tupelo. I fact, I think it’s even LIGHTER than Cedar (Janka 350!)

Anyway, I also decided to include 4 Video Tests of some more (HD) Hand Drill Sets.

1) Velvetleaf Spindle on Cottonwood/Aspen/Poplar HearthBoard

2) Prickly Lettuce Spindle on BaldCypress HearthBoard

3) New York Ironweed Spindle on Western Red Cedar HearthBoard

4) Sneezeweed Spindle on Redwood HearthBoard



There is a Universe of many other Methods (Basics) waiting for you to Discover and Explore…

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