I present this as a blog because, as the series title would indicate, I’m not sure I’m done with it.
The subject, a chunk of Mulberry, found its way to my hand today. I thought, Where will I put a hole in it to mount it on the lathe?
What’ll I be, said he.
Mebees a candle Holder?
Mebees, Woodsmith. But, aren’t I a bit thin for that?
I am an awful pretty piece of timber though, no? I like me the way I am.
Mebees just a little shine and a little color?
Okay. But don’t make me look like a clown. I like what you did to Jacaranda last week.
Some planing and sanding made history of the chainsaw stink.
Some more rubbing with SP and MM. And some BLO.
Some 400 WD makes it smooth again.
Then, Woodsmith gets all uppity and tries something different. I have some Envirotex on the way – I’ll get it Friday – and I want to know what’ll happen if I pour on WOP like I will the resin. As a kind of practice before the practice. Well, it doesn’t flow like it, and it doesn’t shine like it. But, I like it. And Mulberry didn’t say he didn’t like it.
It needed some serious rubbing. So, on to the 320 and 400 WD (W).
A brisk massage with a rag. (I know I left out all the coloring detail – it’s an Acrylic Wash, using thinned-out Titanium White, Phthalo Blue, and Blue Lake.)
Rottenstone is next. Watch what happens.
A brisk massage with a rag.
I know, huh?
Now, about those shavings and all that sunlight.
It could be wetter-looking, and Things like this will get wetter and wetter, with time and experience.
Thus spake Mulberry.