|Project by RichardH||posted 05-27-2011 05:47 AM||1614 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This is a piece of 300 year old redwood that I was given by a friend of mine recently. after hollowing the redwood and fitting the top piece of ebony, I planned to delicately finish the hollowing around the rim when WHAM …er, guess that wasn’t so delicate after all! Much loud yelling and hoping later that the neighborhood kids were not in earshot of my garage given my language.
I’ve had a few blowouts before, but it’s particularly sad when you have a piece of wood that is really special. Even before I broke it, I was thinking “This is fairly high risk…you need to be very careful right about now…no risk, no reward…go for it!)
I almost lopped off the top to make something else (with deja-vu like memories of several ashtray size pieces in the early days of turning), but decided to try and stitch it back together as best I could. I was fortunate that it only broke into 5 pieces and I’ve done this a few times before, but I was more patient this time and took over 2 hours just gluing the 5 pieces back together. I used tiny amounts of fine sawdust from the different woods to fill the small gaps.
The last photo shows how the final 2 pieces went together, and if you look closely in the 3rd picture, you can see the remaining seam now that all of the finishing work is complete.
We should probably start a blog on the topic of “I broke it, but I’m happy with the final repair job” :-)
Let me know what you think!
-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."