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Post by Chilli-head on 9th January 2012, 10:16 am

Well, as I said, I spent some time at the weekend shuffling my log piles, then I got distracted by a pretty looking piece of wood; no idea what tree it came from but it seemed a shame to burn it.

I managed to saw out a block 1"x3"x6", and this is what I did with it :



My camera objected to focusing this close so it's not the best photo, but it is a little bowl in the shape of a leaf, finished off with a beeswax polish. It's the first time I've actually started with just a chunk of tree rather than kiln dried and sawn timber, and it was rather satisfying...

Any guesses what tree this started out as ?
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Post by freebird on 9th January 2012, 11:08 am

Beech or yew? Looks spalted too (Ooh - I just wrote a poem!).

Lovely piece of work.
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Post by Chilli-head on 9th January 2012, 11:42 am

More info, it had a smooth grey bark, and this piece was indeed both spalted and quite pippy. A less interesting piece from the same tree has a straightish grain with a uniform golden colour.. It is pretty lightweight and burns well too. It came with ash, oak, and hawthorn - but I think it is none of those.
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Post by polgara on 9th January 2012, 3:28 pm

Love it, very nice

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Post by Dandelion on 9th January 2012, 5:09 pm

Just a guess (I don't know how it carves...) but just from the colour: chestnut?

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Post by Chilli-head on 11th January 2012, 10:28 am

After Dandelion's suggestion I've had a closer look at the rest of my bits of wood, and the trees I pass by on my way to work. I now think that my bits of wood are spalted horse chestnut; sadly we have a good few trees round here affected by bleeding canker, so it is not unlikely that some of these will be being felled.

More happily, I have sorted out a few more bits of it which are big enough to be worth carving - watch this space !
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Post by Chilli-head on 26th January 2012, 10:12 am

Second version. This one is a little bigger (about 18cm long), and I went for a different style. I'm not sure which I like best yet ...




This one was trickier to carve with the undercut bits. I roughed out the inside first, whilst I still had a block to clamp down firmly so that I could send in with a gouge. The outside was mostly done with spokeshaves. I finished this one with Osmo hard wax oil; this usefully hardens up some of the more heavily spalted bit.
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Post by Adrian on 26th January 2012, 10:47 am

simply gorgeous - I love the spalting

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Post by freebird on 26th January 2012, 10:49 am

I thought at first that I preferred the first one, but now I've looked again, I think that perhaps the photograph doesn't do this one justice. It looks like the sort of object that needs to be turned in the hand to appreciate its shape from all angles. Photos are good, but wood needs to be felt, and smelled. Bet your workshop smells LAAVELY!
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Post by Chilli-head on 26th January 2012, 2:29 pm

I kind of like the simpler form of the first one, and I prefer the lighter colour of the beeswax finish; the hard wax oil has darkened this one a bit more. But I know exactly what you mean, freebird, about turning it in your hands, the shape of number 2 is nice to fiddle with, and I am always fiddling with things. I took photos from a few angles, but my useless camera only produced one in focus - it won't focus closer than about a metre, and the close up mode seems even worse !

My workshop at the moment smells strongly of beeswax and natural turpentine oil from the wax polish - which Mrs C-H hates but fortunately I quite like ...
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