|Project by jfk4032||posted 06-06-2015 11:40 AM||823 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Last Summer I received several logs of applewood that had been cut down and sitting on the ground for a while. There were some kind of burrowing bugs still in there after I brought them back to the shop. (the telltale sign of sawdust looking remnants on the floor underneath some of the holes!) When I first had the idea of making these I was trying to find a clean part of the logs to use without the holes, but after cutting out a few blanks it became apparent that it wasn’t going to happen. So, instead I embraced the new thought of accentuating those holes to look like a real apple in the orchard where worms were having their meal. After turning them and before sanding, I used some dental picks to carefully remove as much of the eaten areas out to reveal the tunnels.
I shaped the bottom of the apple to try to look like the round knobs you see on some apple varieties and turned and shaped a piece of black walnut for the stem. I finished them with Doctor’s Woodshop Pens Plus and use the Niles stainless steel stoppers.
EDIT I’m turning another one right now and actually hit through a little critter in there, last picture…it’s been in my shop for over a year now, and haven’t seen a live one in there yet on the other two I turned.
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!