|Project by rilanda||posted 07-06-2012 02:46 PM||1406 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
As I mentioned on the forum, one of my favorite timbers to turn is Pitch Pine. This small Urn was made from a small piece of Pitch Pine had been a beam in an old building that was being demolished and I managed to acquire it, this was about 25 years ago. The piece of timber hung around in my workshop until I decided what to make with it. The actual piece was small with mortice holes and several other areas of damage so I eventually broke it down into pieces that I could regularize and laminate back together to make a workable piece for my lathe, where possible I tried to laminate together to give a regular pattern to the top, but I was very limited by the small amount of material I had to work with. The knob to the lid is made from a small piece of African Mahogany I found in my bit bag (I waste nothing). Pitch Pine is not the easiest of materials to work with, sanding being particularly difficult with constant clogging of the abrasive, but that was overcome by using a mesh abrasive. But the joy of working with such a beautiful and aromatic timber more than makes up for the problems, my workshop was filled with the aroma of this wonderful timber for days after. The final finish I applied to the piece was three coats of a fortified french polish. Incidentally the lid and the base did start out as one laminated block prior to turning as you will glean from the photos the grain does match through.
-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.