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I’m a member of a woodturners club. Each month we give ourselves an assignment. Compliance is voluntary but I usually do the assignment because it forces me to do some things I would not normally do otherwise.
In the first picture the assignment was to use a man made material. This is a product known by the commercial name of “timber strand”. It is wood chips and glue that are laminated under a LOT of pressure. These timbers are used in construction. I have never turned anything that was harder on my cutting tools. I was constantly resharpening my gouges. I will also comment that I have never seen anything soak up the sanding sealer like this did. Nonetheless, it is kind of pretty in its own way.
In the second picture the assignment was to do something with color. I had never worked with dyes before (and may never work with them again). This assignment forced me to do something I had not done before. If I was smarter, and if I didn’t wait until the last day to do this, I would have practiced on some scrap wood before doing the real thing. I didn’t. This is my one and only attempt at working with dyes. I tried to fade from blue to yellow and then back to blue. Actually, I just produced shades of green.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.