|Project by Sodabowski||posted 01-08-2011 02:19 AM||4090 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a box I had started a few months ago, originally to make a music box for my sweetheart. But having found a better alternative in a crafts shop, I had left this one on the workbench for future use. I brought it back home this time, and covered it with a locally found spalted wood (will have to check the species next spring!).
The sides are laminated with a board from a found fruits crate (Paris wood FTW) with nice coloring in it. The inset button I made out of one of the many pieces I cut out of the stump of the sumac tree I fell last summer in my parents’ garden. Finish is BLO at this point. I may add lacquer later to this one.
Pic #4: I ended up with quite a bunch of nice, small pieces very suitable for buttons and drawer knobs of various sizes. Mind you, I still have half of the stump to cut up, plus two nice sections from the trunk. That wood is incredibly nice.
Pics #5 and #6: I also made a small bandsaw box for mom with a chunk of the branches. The lid button is a freakin’ bloodwood scrap from one of my guitar fingerboards.
Sorry for the crappy quality of the last three pictures, I was too lazy to grab my camera and shot them with my mobile phone =p
I’ll take better pictures of the sumac stock next spring, plus some of the spalted burnt boxwood stumps I dug up this winter. Oh and as a bonus, here is the biggest green-spalt wood block I came across to date. This one will yield quite a bunch of green-fungus-infested veneer! =D
The actual color of the spalting (very stable once dry, fades away with heating above 200°C) is a very rich deep emerald color, as those from Colombia. Unbelievably sweet for a rotting wood!
I finally searched the web a few days ago and found out exactly what fungus stains the wood green: Chlorociboria Aeruginascens. It appears that such stained wood has been used in centuries, back to the 14th the italian masters used it for inlay and intarsia! And most incredibly, another science-geek woodworker somewhere on this planet studies that very fungus for the same purpose! Hell yeah, I love the intarwebs :)
-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...