Friday, August 31, 2012
Well this has been an eventful week for sure, yesterday the car broke down and I discover it requires a brand new starter motor, these weigh in at about £140, naturaly I was absolutely thrilled with this event! Anyway, the enforced hiatus to my travelling meant I could without a qualm spend the day with turning related activities. Soe short while back I was fortunate enough to be given a nice selection of various logs by one of my neighbours, Ed, among these was a largeish length of Sycamore that had spent about a year in an open air stack, leading to it slow decay and the inevitable spalting of the wood, spalting is the fine black lines that create such interesting patterns in this type of wood. One unfortunate side effect though is that the wood can also go "Punky" a term used to describe the soft, corky kind of nature of the decayed timber, this can make the wood hard to finish as the fibres tend to be very short and can tear or pul out easily during turning, however, if it isn't too bad, some judicious use of the sander can usually sort it out. So, having slice a couple of bowl sized logs off this piece I set to work mounting in the lathe and commenced to turn, wondering what would come out and apart from the fact I knew it would be a natural edged bowl, I had no plan, what did finally result though was this nice centrepiece pedastal bowl. So not such a bad day after all.