|Project by palaswood||posted 11-12-2013 09:12 PM||1173 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
A tree was chopped down near my home a while back, and the put the logs out for people to take. I managed to carry this one home and I decided to slice it in half and see whats inside.
I’m not sure what wood it is, it’s not very dense and bruises quite easily, but it sure is pretty. The spalting really caught my eye in certain places.
I used a 9 ppi stanley handsaw, its not a ripsaw but it did the job ok. I hand planed it and sanded with the orbital sander to 220, then lightly hand sanded to 400. Finished with Danish oil. The off cut piece has an enourmous crack, so i plan on practicing doing my first butterfly key, and maybe turn that into a wall mounted shelf.
The bowl I turned a month or so ago from another log of the same tree. It has some cracks and bug holes, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. One of my first bowls so I dont have too high expectations at this point. The finish is tung oil.
Here is a link to my instagram where there is a quick video of the me opening this log for the first time after the cut. Currently its the 3rd post over, if anybody cares to take a look.
I’m curious if you LJs have any guesses what this species might be.
Thanks for looking!
-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram