|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 09-12-2015 05:48 AM||546 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Here’s some more of that amazing Ficus. This piece shows what happens when one cuts a thin lid on a hot, humid day. It warps. Ergo: I think it looks best with the lid just a little ajar. I finished this strictly by polishing the bare naked wood and giving it a good BLO soaking and polishing some more. I haven’t yet decided whether to top it with anything. I probably will when it starts going all muddy-looking. For now, I like the look.
The phinal photo is the bowl I didn’t get to make, for lack of a workable coring solution.
About the finial. The base thereof is made from seven pieces of wood – two Fiddleback Walnut, four Ambrosia Maple, made into a frame so’s to show the Ambrosia figure all the way around, and the actual finial is Figured Birch, my very last piece of it. Here’s kinda what that process looked like.
I was hoping the color from the Walnut wouldn’t migrate quite so much into the Maple. At least it didn’t completely overwhelm it.
Oh. And something I recently added to my lathe tool arsenal.
It gets the wobble out of a wacky piece of timber pretty well. I just sculpt the wobbly parts off. So much easier than a chisel. A littl equiter that a chainsaw.