Now I do the final turning and and complete the shape. if I paid attention, and listened to the wood, I will have what the wood told me and what the customer wished for.
It begins with a log that has been sitting outside under cover for 6 mo to a year where nature starts to do what nature does. This allows nature to start the decaying process.. Micro orginisms inhabit the log to begin the decay process, which creates beautiful colors and patterns. If the log is opened to soon the beauty will not have the time to manifest itself. If too much time has passed the log turns into something like Balsa wood which renders it unstable and useless. At the right time it is cut and shaped into a rough blank so as to fit on the lathe. It then is brought inside to lower the moisture content and stabilize it. Every log is a complete suprise. I never know what beauty is going to emerge until the log is opened.
Here is where the true beauty of the wood comes to life, the finish ! First a coating of epoxy is applied to the entire bowl. This seals and stabilizes the wood fibers. This epoxy is sanded until aprox. 90% of it is removed. Now I have a surface which will accept the final finish. The finish awakens the glory that nature has given and is a coating impervious to almost anything. Myself and the client now have a piece that brings the tree back to life for all to see and use for generations.
The next step is to turn the log into a workable blank. This is where the wood tells me what I am going to make. I already know the aproximate shape but I must pay close attention to what the wood is telling me in order to have a quality finished piece. If I do not listen, I have then destroyed a beautiful piece of wood and end up making something other than what I wanted but none the less still beautiful.
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If anyone is wondering, the smaller half of this blank is being turned into a different style bowl