|Project by WoodArtbyJR||posted 02-18-2014 03:23 PM||616 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I’ve been working on this for over a year. I received 2 slabs of spalted black walnut over a year ago from John at Tacoma Tree Salvage and Wood Works and the deal was, make him a platter and I could have the 2 slabs. When I got the slabs they were like old, dirty soaked sponges. They were so wet that they have been air drying in my shop for the past year. Part of that time this piece was soaking in polycryl. At times I wasn’t even sure I would be able to turn it as it was so soft. Polycryl soaking and 2 bottles of CA glue later and here are the results. I used the recess method to hold it on the lathe. If you look close you can see the VERY soft areas. These areas show up as wavy because they sand deeper then the hard areas. Kinda gives it character and uniqueness. I’ve sanded it to 400, applied a coat of walnut oil, 2 coats of Arm-R-Seal and now I’ll finish it off with several coats of walnut oil & bees wax.
Working with this on the lathe I learned real quick, PUT YOUR RESPORATOR ON DUMMY. The dust was NASTY. I’ve worked with natural edged bowls a lot in the past and this was a lot like that. The difference in weight distribution because of the different densities in the wood was just like an uneven piece like a natural edged piece. I was also worried that it would fly apart because of the rottenness and softness but it stayed together. CA glues is great stuff (another respirator moment).
Thank you for looking and as always, comments and questions are always welcome.
-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington