|Project by scottb||posted 01-06-2012 04:47 AM||1508 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Not about to turn another simple oak stopper… unless theres something remarkable about it.
This oak sure must have grown under tremendous stress. I’m calling it “figured oak” though that might not be the proper terminology. (Maple has varying degrees and descriptions, some other woods seem to have less so)
It’s not a burl (I got it off the firewood pile, courtesy of my father-in-law. It didn’t travel far before I began milling it into something fairly rectangular.) But there is surely a lot of figure in the grain.
It might be hard to tell in these pictures, but the grain is “squiggly” on the quarter sawn faces, almost like it was crushed vertically. Not apparent on the face grain.
The first pictures compare it against yesterdays oak stopper (on the right in the first photo, above in the second).
I’ve already made a couple stoppers with this wood. (And I think I might have traded some of it with a fellow LJ, either in the traveling pen blank/kit box from a few years back, or for something more exotic (to me) from across the country.)
(third from the left) – I put this stopper in the gallery already, but lately I’ve come to think that simpler shapes with very interesting or showy woods are probably better.