|Project by StevenAntonucci||posted 12-17-2009 04:21 PM||1205 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
This vessel is about 12” tall and was my gift in a holiday exchange in another online wood forum. The original idea was to do something else, but a few minutes into it, I felt the wet spatter and saw the dust flying, so i knew it was buggy.
The nice thing about buggy wood for hollowing is that you have a built in thickness gauge all the way down, which really speeds up the hollowing process. There was almost no measuring the wall thickness, which is an honest and consistent 3/16” most of the way down the vessel. I leave the top and the bottoms a little bit thicker for handling, since tend to pick them up through the holes and put them down without thinking.
The entire vessel was hollowed by hand, without the use of a laser supported doo-hickey (aka cheater bars) in about 3 hours. A majority of the interior was cut with a homemade hook tool because it directs the force along the grain vs. across it. When you get this big and thin, you don’t want to be pushing on the walls when half of the vessel is made from holes and bug poop.
I finished the outside with a cabinet scraper, removing one small area of tearout around some light curl and unifying the surface. A compressor will blow out some of the bug holes, but I probably spent 5 hours with a sewing needle pick tool that I made cleaning out the rest. In the process, I evicted two remaining larvae. The piece has no finish on it, since I wanted it to remain the color that you see in the full picture. The yellowness in the second picture is because I didn’t adjust the camera for the lighting.