|Project by swirlsandburls||posted 02-27-2010 01:42 AM||1704 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
I had purchased a pretty large walnut crotch some time ago, and finally cut it into blanks. I decided to rough out a large bowl, then tried the alcohol drying method. Well, something went wrong and the thing went WAY oval, with several decent sized cracks. It went so oval that I could not make the rim the same thickness all around, despite leaving a very thick section in the roughed blank. Likewise, the thickness was all over the place. Turning the finished piece both round and the same thickness throughout would have destroyed the blank. So, I compromised, going very thin in one section. Well, I went too thin! I put an area of “negative space” below the rim. A real mess, actually. I decided this piece was now going to become my first carving. After putting a shape, the thing was off-balance, so I decided to carve a heart (also out of walnut) in order to make the whole carving into a Valentine’s present for my wife, who adores walnut. I decided to dye the heart a muted red to add interest, and took the whole thing to a high gloss with a tung-oil and urethane varnish mix I concocted. Well, she loved it, and it now resides in the dining room. The bowl is about 16” in dia. x 5” high.
-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general