|Project by DocT||posted 11-10-2010 05:10 PM||1700 views||4 times favorited||11 comments|
I’m beginning to bring two of my passions together: woodturning and woodcarving. This isn’t a terribly exciting carving pattern, but forming twelve v-grooves this deep was a challenge nonetheless.
I really like the contrast of natural wood against ebonized wood. I have ebonized many different species of wood with a vinegar/steel wool mixture with great success. This bowl is American Elm… which apparently has no tannin (which ordinarily drives the ebonizing reaction), so my typical mixture left the wood a sickly green. I eventually landed on a black dye, but the quality of black and consistency of color are a bit disappointing to me. The other slight disappointment is that the dye soaked through a few microscopic cracks, migrating to the inner bowl surface and leaving black blemishes which cannot be removed with any amount of sanding.
The overall bowl is 7” diameter and 3 ½” tall. The inner bowl is 3 ¼” diameter. The finish is lacquer.