"Turning Wood into Art"

"Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink,
and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor...."
-Ecclesiastes 2, 24

Monday, February 8, 2010

Photo Catchup

I'm sure this blog is feeling a bit neglected of late.  So I wanted to post a few photos to illustrate the transformation from log/bowl blank through rough-turned bowl to finished product we talked about in earlier posts.

First, some bowl blanks "On the Hoof!" These happen to be White Oak
rescued from a friend's yard, but they all start out pretty much the same.

Next, here is a rough-turned bowl after 8 months' drying.  It's now ready for finish-turning. This one is Black Walnut.  Notice the hint of fancy figure on the right side. You can also see the tennon at the base used to re-mount the bowl on the lathe. This tennon was turned away in the finished bowl.

Finally the finished bowl. After turning, it was polished to 3500 grit
and soaked in pure walnut oil. The walnut oil darkens the wood and brings out the chatoyant figure - the "depth" in the wood.  The sheen came from pre-finish polishing rather than from the walnut oil bath.

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