|Project by ic3ss||posted 05-13-2013 03:59 AM||3008 views||18 times favorited||11 comments|
This candle holder has been in the works since last November when it was supposed to be a Christmas gift. This was my first try at steam bending wood, and it did not go well, at all. In the spirit of full disclosure, I got the idea and indeed the whole design is basically a ripoff of one that was posted by Kiefer here on LJ. I did make a few tweaks to the design but I can’t call this one entirely mine. This one is birdseye maple and wemge.
The big hangup was first making the square holes. My first try I split a piece os curly maple while pounding in a mortise chisel. Next I tried glue laminating two 1/8” pieces but it twisted badly a few days after drying. So then I tried a thicker piece if bird’s eye maple, but it crcked in a few places when bending, and it bent in several places instead of a nice smoothe curve. This was the last straw, and I left it until last weekend when I had a few months to think about it.
Well, I re-did my bending strap and form design and that seems to be the critical change needed because the two pieces of bird’s eye maple bent quite nicely. Have a great day, and many thanks to Kiefer.
-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."