Tahlequah Daily Press

Features

February 5, 2013

Father-and-son team working in wood

TAHLEQUAH — Logan Mullican completed a carpentry course at the local vo-tech school, and the endeavor has blossomed into a going art concern for Logan and his father, David.

Logan showed his father some pens and bowls he’d made at Indian Capitol Technology Center, and when David saw his son’s workmanship, he decided to encourage his son to continue.

“If it’s something he enjoys doing, I want him to keep doing it,” David said. “So I set up a shop.”

David retired from ONEOK after 30 years as a chemist and environmental health and safety coordinator, and was looking for projects to stay busy.

He has enjoyed a longtime love of woodworking, and bought a lathe, band saw and drill press.

“It gives me something to do and us something to do together,” David said. “I’ve always done work with wood, always enjoyed and appreciated woods and grains, It’s fun watching the wood grain pop out and see the hidden beauty.”

Father and son easily exchange looks as they speak, and share friendly camaraderie. As one talks, the other often finishes the comment or interrupts with something different.

“It’s fun, and I get to see him doing something he loves,” Logan said of his dad. “And it’s cool to cut a new tree and see the grains.”

The pair is also considerate of the environment.

“We’re tree-friendly,” David said. “We harvested walnut, hickory and maple recently, but we don’t cut down trees; we find it on the ground.”

They’ve been working on their projects, mostly bowls, for more than two years. This past Christmas, Logan even surprised his mom with a dining room table made of cherry wood.

“I get into it, because it’s fun and it’s something to do, and it’s relaxing,” said Logan. “It was really cool to surprise my mom with a Christmas gift. She’s always wanted a table big enough for all of us.”

The 4-foot by 8-foot table was made without using nails, fitting the pieces together tongue-and-groove the old-fashioned way.

“It’s our first real big project together,” said Logan. “It turned out better than I thought it would. It’s pretty and nice.”

They made a large bowl from cherry wood to put on top of the table.

“Cherry starts out light and gets darker with time,” David said. “It’s a hard wood, and it really shines. It was common for furniture in the 1930s and ‘40s, but you don’t see it much now.”

Hand-produced furniture is hard to find these days, said David.

The father and son enjoy collecting wood, but also looking for unusual, hard-to-find woods.

“We like to use exotic woods, but we’ll also go out and get trees from the ground,” David said.

The wood has to dry six months to five years, depending on the type, to be perfected to turn properly, he said. They don’t use stains, only polish.

“We like to show the grain of the wood, with all its flaws and qualities,” David said. “We look for burl, with swirls and knots and unusual patterns. We polish and sand to bring out sheen and the grain of wood.”

Every bowl is unique because of the wood grain and other influences on the tree, like mold, spalt or insect holes.

The type of wood used and the date it was made is on the bottom of each bowl.

“Friction polish burns resin into the wood,” he said.

One bowl, made of white oak, shows their sense of whimsy by adding the Cherokee word for squirrel, and squirrel footprints were added in design.

The bowls can be used for dry foods like peanuts or chips, but not liquids, which will harm the wood.

“We made some oak bowls and walnut spalted burl bowls that sold fast,” David said.

They found some scraps of white walnut that curled into the dark part of the grain with a very interesting pattern.

“It’s all in the way the wood is cut,” David said. “We’re always on the lookout for interesting wood.’”

They’ve make a few segmented bowls, but for now they prefer to work with solid pieces of wood. Some of the bowls have lids.

“I was told the lids are supposed to fit tight, so it takes two hands to take them off,” said David, demonstrating on a box.

Logan also likes to make bodies for ink and fountain pens, using a kit for the metal parts, and they’re beginning to make stylus tips. He has about 20 displayed for sale in their shop.

Other projects also appeal to Logan.

“I refinished an old walnut stock on a muzzle loader,” Logan said.

Their bowls are for sale at Dos XX Okies Fine Art and Stuff, at 215 N. Muskogee.

 

To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Features
  • Dream, Brewdog’s to host music festivals

    One sign of spring’s arrival is the scheduling of music festivals, and 10 bands will visit a Tahlequah venue May 24, the Saturday before Memorial Day.

    April 17, 2014

  • rf-Zoe-thing.jpg Conference attendees get words of encouragement

    Words of encouragement and door prizes were bountiful Saturday morning at the annual Zoë Institute’s Women’s Conference.
    Ten women shared words of wisdom in areas from happiness to health, and 100 gifts were given out, including the grand prize of gasoline for a year.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • sp-symposium-art-panel.jpg Panelists discuss impact of Southeastern art

    Until recently, most people had a certain expectation of American Indian art – and it didn’t include images familiar to people in and around Cherokee County.
    “A lot of times, when people think about Native art, they immediately think of Plains art or Southwestern art,” said Roy Boney (Cherokee), Tahlequah artist and moderator of the panel discussion “Southeastern Indian Art: Building Community and Raising Awareness,” held Friday, April 11, at the NSU Symposium on the American Indian.
    Boney and the other panelists are frustrated by the divide between mainstream expectations of Native American art and their need for genuine self-expression.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-Teacher.jpg Dickerson believes in putting the student first

    As a child growing up in Elk City, Cherokee Elementary teacher Debra Dickerson lined up the neighborhood children and animals to play school.
    “I’ve been a teacher ever since I could talk. My mother always said she knew where I was because she could hear me bossing everyone,” she said.
    The classroom then was a blanket tossed over limbs of her big cherry tree on Eisenhower Street. Recess was spent tree-climbing, running, riding in the bus (her red wagon) and being creative.
    “Those were the days before video games and TV,” she said.
    Dickerson, 2013-’14 Cherokee Elementary Teacher of the Year, believes a classroom should be a safe haven for children, because school is often the best part of their day.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • kh-trash-pickup.jpg Cleaning things up

    Lowrey was part of the Cherokee Nation’s Career Service Center contingency of 11 volunteers. Other volunteers cleaned up trash along the roadway from the Cherokee Casino to the NSU campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SR-NinthAmendment.jpg Right to privacy leans partly on Article 9

    While the other articles of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights are straightforward – at least, enough for Americans to bicker over in court – the Ninth Amendment might cause a bit of confusion.
    It reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
    There are no rights enumerated, and it might be difficult to argue one’s Ninth Amendment rights in court, though it has been done successfully.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • stickball-2.jpg Stickball

    The American Indian Science and Engineering Society and Native American Student Associationat Northeastern State University hosted a traditional stickball game as part of closing cultural activities during the 42nd annual Symposium on the American Indian Friday. Participants included, from left: Nathan Wolf, Disosdi Elk and Chris Smith.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • green-bldng.jpg City council to discuss ‘green building’

    Tahlequah City Council will hold a special meeting Friday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss, among other items, applying grant money to renovate the city’s “green building” at the corner of Water and Morgan, near Norris Park.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • alcohol-info.jpg Alcohol screening can be critical

    It has been decades since Prohibition brought Americans gangsters, flappers and speakeasies, but statistics for alcohol addiction are staggering.
    Millions of Americans suffer from alcohol addiction and abuse, which affects families and friends.
    Today, April 10, is the annual National Alcohol Screening Day, and raising awareness through education, outreach and screening programs is the goal, according to the website at www.mentalhealthscreening.org.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • jn-CCSO-2.jpg Law enforcement agencies to get new facility

    Area law enforcement agencies will soon have a new training facility in Cherokee County.
    The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is building the new training room near its gun range, located north of the detention center. Sheriff Norman Fisher said tax dollars were not used for the building.
    “This is something we’ve been trying to work on, and it was built with no money from the taxpayers,” said Fisher. “It was paid for with drug forfeitures and gun sales.”

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Stocks