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Mortar and Pestle in Weeping Willow (Salix Babylonica). The mortar is about 7” in diameter and 5” high. It will be a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law, who is a pharmacist.
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#1 posted 12-08-2009 06:21 AM
Fantastic turning. Love the color and grain. Nice shape, great design. I am sure she is going to love it.
Keep up the great work.
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#2 posted 12-08-2009 06:21 AM
Looks great wonderful wood too.
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#3 posted 12-08-2009 07:46 AM
Nice job. The color is outstanding. I’m sure she will appreciate the give.As a practical matter do you think the willow is a bit soft for actual crushing and muddling things together?I have made some from harder fruitwoods like pear and apple that worked well.
-- Les B, Oregon
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#4 posted 12-08-2009 11:42 AM
Fantastic wood grain and color. I haven’t seen willow turned before, but it looks amazing. Good turning and nicely proportioned. My daughter-in-law is a pharmacist too, but she is getting a breadbasket!
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.
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#5 posted 12-08-2009 01:05 PM
I love willow; I love willow; I love willow :Dthe boxes that I made when I first started here were all from willow—it is such beautiful wood!
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#6 posted 12-08-2009 04:07 PM
ver nice, i love the colors, what kind of finish did you use?
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#7 posted 12-08-2009 04:50 PM
Roper -The finish is a pretty liberal soaking of minwax clear gloss lacquer cut with about 30% lacquer thinner. After drying, I take the shine off with some 1500 sandpaper and then hit it with a couple of coats of Johnson’s paste wax. The lacquer does not seem to darken the wood at all.
Les-She collects mortar and pestles; I can’t imagine she’ll ever try to put it to practical use. But you’re right – it’s way too soft for that. I have another one in Bois D’Arc (maculara pomifera) that is going to my future brother-in-law (he’s graduating from pharmacy school this spring) that probably is hard enough to use but, again, it’s really just for show.
It’s pretty wood and I have a few large bowl blanks roughed out. A couple of them have some very nice curly grain that is just amazing.
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#8 posted 12-09-2009 03:07 PM
”The pestle is about 7” in diameter and 5” high” WOW , that’s huge !! How big is the Mortar (bowl) ?Very nice turnings and a great gift : )
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