|Project by dspahn||posted 01-25-2012 09:39 PM||653 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This another bowl from the same block of maple as the last one. But there was some pretty massive checking in the blank that I was concerned about. So, with very little plan in mind, I went ahead and started roughing out the blank.
At this point I thought to myself, “Self, this crack is too big and you’re not a good enough turner to not have this piece destroy itself if you don’t do something about it.” So, I mixed up some epoxy, added a drop of blue food coloring, and smeared the epoxy into the crack. I had to do several applications, because the epoxy would drain down into the crack, leaving the top exposed again.
After I was happier with the way the crack was filled, I started hollowing out the bowl. And then I saw that the epoxy had not completely filled all the cracks. So, I mixed up some more and filled them in as best I could. And then I did some more hollowing. Which, of course, exposed new cracks, and parts of the original cracks that weren’t filled. But I was sick of messing with it, so finished it up as it was, and this was the end result.
The flame on one half of the bowl is amazing. It’s like a lenticular picture, where the view changes as you tilt the bowl back and forth. Light parts get dark and vice versa. There’s a bit of spalting on the bottom side, right where the crack runs through it. In pic 3 you can see that the original crack runs almost the entire width of the bowl. I’m pleased that actually ended up as a bowl, and not a piece of kindling for the fire pit. ;)
It’s about 4.5 inches wide at the widest, and 2 inches tall. One difficult part of this particular bowl was sanding because of the epoxy. I found that it was difficult to sand out the imperfections from the turning, especially immediately after the epoxy parts (as the bowl rotates on a lathe). I’m assuming the epoxy made the sand paper “jump” off the piece just a bit. Much hand sanding was done to get it to where it is now, and even then, it’s not perfect. Finish is a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax.
As always, your comments, suggestions, critiques, and anything else you might have to say are welcomed and encouraged. Thanks for reading!