|Project by KnickKnack||posted 02-27-2011 09:17 PM||1451 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
I was 5 weeks making this tray – which is something of a record for me.
It wasn’t so much the tray that was the problem – that was done in a few days – it was the handles. I made handles, and they just weren’t right. So I thought about it some more, and made some new handles. This I repeated for 4 sets of handles before I gave up and bought the metal ones that you see. They were what was in my mind when I first designed the thing anyway, so I’m not sure why I kept trying the wood versions.
Anyway – I was given this lurverly piece of wood by some friends (waves to flo & yaz). It sat covered in stone age varnish for a year, then I learnt how to scrape and I gave it a go and found this underneath. Conventional wisdom has it that it’s some species of Eucalyptus.
So, what to make with it?
I pondered this for about a year (please bear in mind that I live in Portugal – I can’t just go down the local shops and buy exotic wood, in fact, come to think of it, I can’t go anywhere to buy exotic woods). It doesn’t look like a design that took a year to come up with though, does it!
I tried really hard on this one, and it didn’t, I think, come out too badly. Any credit should really go to the wood spirits rather than me.
Eucalyptus and birch plywood. Muchos coats of oil/varnish/thinner.
Criticisms, thoughts, comments, jokes, etc – welcome.
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