Dakota Heirloom Woodworking: Finding Gods' hidden Gifts in Wood.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by to view the creations that have somehow managed to escape from my woodshop. Please feel free to look through our Gallery and if anything catches your eye send us an e-mail to discuss what you might have in mind for Yourself, a Coworker/Battle Buddy or a Loved One. We specialize in Cavalry Saber stands, Military presentation pieces, Wall and Desk Sculptures, small furnishings and Burl/Root Ball slab designs. The pieces you will find here have already been purchased (Unless indicated for sale), as we normally design and craft each piece based off of the customers' desires and the character of the wood.
"When Commissions come across my inbox, I inform the Client that what they end up with will perhaps be decided by the wood, not us. You've seen some of the Nonsense that has Kicked back off of my Table saw, and I just try to do what's best for the piece of wood that Our Creator has entrusted me with."
R. E. Parks, SSG (RET)
Dakota Heirloom Woodworking
Another Wedding gift. Base is Small log riftsawn 4/4 Heartwood Walnut with a touch of Sapwood in front. Vaseholder is Yellow Pine, accent pieces are Juniper Root. Named "Windigen Wiese" (Windy Meadow)
From the Side, showcasing the Grain Structure of the Walnut base. Deliberate uncorrected flaw, Knot on left side of vase holder.
"We see the Unseen, We hear the Unheard, We know the Unknown; We are Always Out Front!" 2+/4 Cherry Base stained with Red Mahogany, 3/4 White Oak uprights, Vase holder older Southern Yellow Pine I believe. Poly finish. Piece done for departing MI NCO Price ca. $50.00
Bud Vase made for a Family departing from our Church enroute to their next Duty Station. Quartersawn 8/4 Select Walnut with Live Edge. Juniper Rood Burl and Old Pine. Wonderful figuring throughout, beautiful mix of sap and heartwood. They will be missed by all who know them. Similar examples can be purchased for $100.00 depending on the amount of prep work and slab size.
This Item is for sale. Juniper Root Ball Slab and Cathedral Sawn 4/4 Cherry. US Made Wood River Movement. Four Coats of sprayed Lacquer. Face surfaces were prepared down to 320 grit Non-Stearated sanding Abrasive, then 0000 Steel wool. Live/Rough Hewn Edges were prepared with # 00 power sanding mop. Entire piece was sealed to prevent Seasonal Movement/Cracking due to changes in Temperature or Humidity. Deliberate flaw, Slab to Base Chamfer offset by 1/64th of an inch. More Pictures upon request via E-Mail. Name of Piece is "Flowing like a River" Price $100.00 - NOTE - This piece has flown the coop from the shop and is no longer available for purchase. Similar pieces can be made to order.
The following pieces were commissioned by a client for presentation after a Change of Command. He provided the metal pieces which were cut by a Plasma CNC machine. I painted, assembled and installed the Clock works onto the steel, then mounted them onto the bases. Individual pieces and descriptions below.
7/4 Quartersawn Hackberry sapwood with bark on backside. Lacquer and Wax.
8/4 Riftsawn Walnut Heartwood, Lacquer and wax.
6/4 Flitchcut Pecan, Lacquer and wax. Debarked live/wormy edges.
8/4 Riftsawn Walnut, Debarked live edge to the front, mix of sap and heartwood. slight crotch/flame figuring on the left side, a lot of time with 600 grit to get it to pop. Lacquer and wax.
Our 3 Main Sabers for sale. Priced indicated below. The Blades or Scabbards can be engraved per Customers' needs. Coming soon, M9-Style Bayonets, the Standard issue bayonet for the M-16/M-4 Rifle.
Guard, Grip and Pommel closeup.
1850 Army Field Officers Saber - $65.00 Brass Guard, Etched Stainless Blade. Brass Wire bound leather Grip. Stainless Scabbard with Brass Accents. Beautiful Etching on both sides of Blade, this Critter really goes the extra mile.
Model 1906 Standard Cavalry Saber - $65.00 Stainless Steel Blade, Handle, Brass Wire bound leather Grip. Guard and Scabbard Dark Patina. Very Regal in person.
Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber - $50.00 Brass Guard, Spine and Pommel, Brass Wire bound leather Grip. Stainless Blade and Scabbard.
The Standard for NCO's and Enlisted.
The Standard for NCO's and Enlisted.
M9 Style Bayonet. $45.00
These are a bit of a tick to get mounted and looking cool, I love a challenge.
Crossed Bayonets made for a Nightstalker Hero from our Church. Desert and Woodland handles to indicate the broad spectrum of deployments he has served on. True American Hero. Similar examples can be purchased for ca. $120.00 minus coins and Military accoutrements.
Double stack done for a good friend in the TNANG. Walnut, Cherry, Maple. Blue Vector Designs rendering, LC Woodcrafts laser work. Price (Minus Unit coins) Ca. $350.00
Standing with code name "Matt". Yes he shot Distinguished, a perfect score is hard to achieve. Pals.
Stand completed for Canyon Road Steakhouse. Cherry mounts, Cherry base stand. Prices start at $200.00 with Saber.
Double Stack desk stand. Maple with Walnut Furniture. Customer supplied Sword. Graphics rendered by Andrew McClure of Blue Vector Design. Woodburning by an Amish friend. Ca. $250.00 with one of my Sabers.
Side view of the Canyon Road stand.
M-9 Bayonet Wall mount with Coin rack. Cathedral cut 3/4 Semi-Spalted Cherry, 4/4 Riftsawn Walnut Coin rack. Red Mohagany Stain, Poly Finish. Completed for Customer, similar pieces start at $95.00 for rack with knife.
The Marne Division represented.
Highlight of the 3ID French Fourragère permanently awarded to the Marne Division For their Time on the Western Front during World War 1
High Speed, Low Drag NCO on his way out to his next duty station.
4 row Coin Rack. Cherry, White Oak & Walnut. Ca. $60.00
3 Row Coin Rack, same as above. $45.00
Crossed Bayonets for a Crossed Cannon Red Leg. As Pictured ca. $ 130.00, with customer supplied "Flair"
Field Artillery Red in abundance! The King of Battle.
Laser Etched piece for a Joint Command Air Force Officer. A blend of Flat and Riftsawn Small Log Red Oak.
Detail of Laser Engraving by LC Woodcrafts
The Bayonet Mounts are Black and Gold for the Army, and Blue and Silver for the Air Force.
Semi-Spalted Flatsawn 3-4 Cherry, Lacquer Laser Engraving by LC Woodcraft. Price Ca. $75.00 depending on amount of engraving, detail, etc.
Cathedral sawn 3-4 Red Oak with gorgeous grain patterns, base price Ca. $45.00 minus accoutrements and engraving.
Scout Tomahawk mounted on a 8/4 Pecan Flitch. Prepared to 400 Grit, sealed and then 4 coats of Varnish. Topped off with Wax. Slab locked down with Iron Straps and Lag Bolts. Blade/Wood Engraving done by code name "Mac". Price for piece minus Tomahawk ca. $110.00 depending on amount of Engraving and size/species/thickness/cut of slab.
Scouts Out! Rangers lead the Way!
Tn. Volunteer Cavalry, Scabbard engraving done by Code Name "Mack"
Laser Etched 17th Regiment on Cherry with Walnut Furniture
Bleached Maple Guidon with Red Transtint under Lacquer.
Figured 8/4 quartersawn Walnut Slab with M1A1 Tank rendered by Andrew McClure of Blue Vector Design. Spent Aft Cap Polished and all engraving/etching by LC Woodcraft.
Au Natural Guidon/Stetson Rack for another Volunteer Cavalryman. Flat/Riftsawn 4/4 small log White Oak with red tint on the proper side. A touch of Sapwood on far right of piece worked in as a design feature. Finished with Lacquer and topped with wax. Stetson rack is Walnut, the strip delineating the sides is Walnut tinted with Red Mahogany stain. Price as pictured is around $75.00 give or take a few bucks. A difficult piece to capture on film, the actual piece looks better in person.
1917 Lee Enfield shadow boxed with period correct bayonet and accoutrements. Walnut.
Piece completed for departing Air Defense Artillery NCO, 3/4 Cherry plaque w/Red Mahogany tint, 3/4 natural Cherry deck, 3/4 White Oak uprights. All finished with Gloss Poly. Price ca. $40.00
A Team effort for a Stellar MI SGM, completed by myself and Code Name "Erick"
Guidon with neat Airbrushing by Code Name "Bill" of Inferno Graffix.
Guidon Stetson Rack with Saber mount. Prices starting at $75.00.
Closeup of Saber mount on Guidon, 3/4 Flatsawn Cherry.
Quarter and Riftsawn 8/4 to 10/4 Slabs of Hand Selected Walnut from my pals' Mill, ready for projects. The wood is filled with beautiful Figuring and wonderful Grain patterns. I Want to make something nice out of this wood for my Beautiful Children and Grand Child , haven't figured out what yet. Who Knows, there might be a Grandfather Clock for the Mrs. hidden in that Stack somewhere.
The Missus and our first Grandson
Sam Maloof, the Greatest Woodwright/Chair Maker in the history of Fine Woodworking. I'm sure He's Rocking in Heaven, (after making some Rockers for Our Holy Father and his Son of course). What is more honorable than his woodwork is the fact that he Served his Nation overseas during World War II as an American Soldier. There is no higher calling or honor than to Serve your Nation during a time of War.
a 1963 Del-Ray/Teisco EV3T Electric Guitar being repowered with the guts of a late model Peavey EVH found at a local Music Shop. Meatball Luthiering at its Almighty Worst. The name I call this thing-ie is Fog Boy, because the first song I played on it after completion was the Little Drummer Boy, and the first song that came flying out of my Stack after plugging it in for its' maiden voyage was "Slow Ride" by Fog Hat. Later on that night, I discovered the highest note in the known universe whilst playing "The Loner" by Blues Master Gary Moore.