|Project by wood_wench||posted 02-05-2009 05:35 AM||1867 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
In a forum I started about using vegetable nut as fake ivory I mentioned that I had used Betel nut for knobs. Here are some photos of a lidded box I created in David Marks “Vessel Turning with Gilding & Patination” class I took last year. Yeah, I take a lot of classes. I take about 3 to 4 wood working classes a year in an attempt to develop by skills as a wood worker.
This little box is made from a scrap piece of maple with a small piece of ebony and a betel nut knob. In a couple of the photos you will see the betel nut before I turned it with some of its outer skin scraped off. The nut is very hard and easy to work with. The outside of the box was gilded with dutch metal gold and the inside with copper. The surfaces were then treated with various chemicals to get the patina effect. I highly recommend David Marks video on this process if you are interested in trying these techniques. Better yet, take one of David’s classes – he is great to take a class from. Heck, you’ve seen him on WoodWorks, take a class and check him out in person. You will have a blast, learn a lot and make some great friends too.