venerdì 18 luglio 2014

redbud Woodbowl


Few weeks ago i had this cercis siliquastrum trunk,
it was given to me from a colleague, and it was cut end of february...

Judas tree wood is very tough and compact, and for that reason I tried to push me over about the thickness...
Redbud holds up very well thin walls,
i had some few natural edge bowl reached 1 mm thickness...let the light pass through..
some points its even less than a millimiter...by mistake....i was lucky to not have it broken...
To be perfect the wall must have the same thickness..i got it only in the last two pieces of 13 that cames out from this trunk.

the sound of the wood when it's cut by gouge is the best thing to pay attenction when workin' with thin walls.. it becomes increasingly fine and acute...

however i made these bowls becouse i care about wood natural deformation..
That warp of the wood came out in the drying process and is more when is been reachin' 1mm or less of the thickness...i mean, with 1 millimiter the bowl's walls itself deforms, the ovalization of the bowl came out whatever thickness....
when is around 2 mm the deformations of the walls are scarce,
between 1 and 2 mm it's like play the lottery...
if there's difference of the thikness cercis siliquastrum wood could have cracks starting from the core,
or from the twisting burl...
i have used Cianoacrillic glue mixed with osange orange chips (i had those chips on my lathe at that time..) to fill the voids..and it works! it has stopped the extension of cracks...
under the bark you can find the natural folds,
that's why in some pieces I removed the bark...








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Cheers
Paolo