|Project by jeffthewoodwacker||posted 04-05-2010 12:41 AM||1104 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
I had an opportunity to see Trent Bosch do his demonstration of “Vessels of Illusion” in January and wanted to try something similar. This is a piece of spalted ambrosia maple with a turned walnut insert inside. The outer vessel is 6 inches high, 8 inches in diameter and has a 2 inch opening. The walnut insert is 3 inches in diameter and was turned to duplicate the interior of the maple vessel. It was turned thin, boiled for 90 minutes, bent in half and inserted into the larger vessel. A balloon was inserted into the hole of the walnut and inflated to hold the insert in place until it dried. When the walnut insert was completely dry I pushed it down (balloon still in place and inflated) and applied a thin coat of titebond II glue inside and then let the balloon push it in place. Once the balloon was dry I deflated the balloon. All the holes in the ambrosia maple were created by the boring beetles – several of which were still alive – they make quite the mess on one’s faceshield when you hit them full speed with your gouge. I used wipe on satin poly followed by a buffing on the beall wheel as a finish on this piece.
-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.