I have to share this. I’ve taken the Thing off the lathe, still in the chuck, and set it in my bench vise. This, to study the crack that’s going up the side, from the base to one of the ends. I’m trying to figure out how i will proceed. This crack has to be dealt with – it’s actually growing, howbeit slowly. It can’t get any longer, but, it can open up more.
So, I start thinking of ways to bridge the gap and stop it in its tracks. So, I go to the WorldwideInformationSuperhighwayInternetWeb, specifically, You Tube, and search for “fixing cracks in wood turnings”.
This link, Frank Howarth’s solution, is fascinating. And his video work is nothing short of breath-taking. I remember a video of his that I saw a long time ago, where he did a start-to-finish stop-action on the building of an Adirondack Chair. I’m not thinking of using this method, due to the live-edge nature of the Thing, and, the fact that I don’t have a big-boy bandsaw (though, I’m sure, push-come-to-shove, I’d figure out some way of cutting the Thing). Frank’s a Master. Check out his work, and his videos.
Filling cracks, or using plugs (which I’ve done on several occasions) is not the only answer. Frank thinks outside the bowl.
And, here’s the chair video. This, you’ll get a kick out of if you haven’t already. (It’s had almost a million views, so…