|Project by Sodabowski||posted 01-20-2012 01:02 AM||2137 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
This one has been waiting for quite a while since I started carving it last summer. It’s a chunk of very deeply spalted beech, with an inner portion that’s been completely preserved from the fungal attacks. A slow spalter attacked what remains inside while a very aggressive one destroyed all the outer part, which was very easy to remove with my trusty pocket knife. As you can see by the last shot, I took advantage of the natural shape of the piece to add it some natural dyes with clear shellac to emulate a flame. Not the most spectacular thing ever, but I like what came out of Nature’s work. Leaving it unstained was not really fullfilling, hence the stains.
Thanks for watching.
Edit: on pic #4 you can see the outer rind of the chunk, with the brown melanin barrier that seperated the zones of the different fungi that attacked it.
-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...