After ABC’s “friend” quickly left, ABC started over again by using another piece of cedar.
He re-drew the pattern, and started carving the bowl all over again. So, by the time that I arrived, ABC had completely re-carved his project, sanded it, and had applied 2 coats of stain as shown here.
We reviewed this carving, and I explained that his techniques were excellent for a first carving project. He has followed the grain of the wood very well, and there are no signs of any problems wherever he had to change directions as he carved with, against, or across the grain.
The undulations in the bottom of the bowl were ABC’s idea, and although this made the project significantly more difficult, he has produced a very pleasing effect both visually and to the touch.
ABC has certainly not let the microwave disaster stop him from learning, and he has quickly but patiently produced a really nice carving that is already being appreciated by its new owner who received it as a gift.
Here is a final photo of his project as the finish was drying.
Once again, I’ll recommend to take care, and do your research, before trying to “dry” either wood or glue in a microwave oven. If you are thinking of using your partner’s prize microwave oven to season your wood, I can only suggest one word . . . DON’T!
-- John, British Columbia, Canada