March 2021 Show and Tell Entries

Green Wood Warping

March – Green wood warping – The end of March is typically the end of the coppicing season. This month’s theme tasks you to use green wood and use the drying process to create interest. Hats can be made this way by controlling the drying process. What spin can you put on it? 
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Philip Davis

I offered an acquaintance to convert their Eucalyptus tree stump, into a seat. Some of the wood I wrapped up and took home. Knowing David Appleby and his work I was perhaps inspired to try my hand, at turning wet eucalyptus.

I turned thinly as quickly as possible and completed the bottom in my wood four jaw chuck, I could see that it was already moving. I applied no finish at this stage due to the high moisture content.

In the morning it was, all ready, most of the way to it’s final shape, which was accomplished in about three days. When it was quite dry I sanded with 320 grit as best I could to remove raised grain and applied “Briwax” natural wax polish. Any idea of remounting it for finishing was out of the question.

Not only is the external shape distorted, but the shrinkage of the softer wood between the annual rings also contributed to the final effect. My wife liked the quirky nature of it, so it is part of the semi-permanent in house collection. Another similar sold in our “One Craft Gallery” in Shepton Mallet. Proving perhaps that there is a customer for everything, if they can be found.

Apart from trying to finish the dry convoluted shape, the turning was straightforward. It did cause some astonishment at the next meeting of “Martock and District” woodturners.