|Project by Stonekettle||posted 08-12-2010 04:30 PM||2806 views||4 times favorited||21 comments|
I’ve lurked around Lumberjocks for a couple years now, and joined the site officially a month or so back. After looking at all the fantastic projects here, I figured it was time to share.
This is a closed form, turned from a piece of spalted Alaskan birch burl. Initially dried in one my outside drying piles for several years, then wetted and seeded with black leaf mold wrapped in plastic and allowed to spalt for almost a year. Then redried in the shop.
The wood was very soft when cut into blanks. It was initially turned to rough as a spindle mount, and then compression chucked for hollowing and final shaping. The neck is a piece of South American rosewood that I thought made a good contrast to the birch. The school of salmon are my signature design and decorate most of my work (it’s an Alaskan thing, when I’m not turning, I’m usually fishing). The wood was then hardened with with a gel sanding sealer, and finish sanded to 1200grit. It’s finished in simple Tung Oil.
-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station