Another turned-box experiment with freehand chased threads. #woodworking #woodturning #grasshopperww #greenwood #makermade #madeinpdx
Getting skewed up! #grasshopperww #woodturning #woodworking #greenwood #madeinpdx #handmade
If you read our first post on green (freshly cut) wood , you’d have got a sense for why green wood is an interesting medium with which to work. In this post we’ll get into some more detail regarding what we have learned.
Initially, our interest in green wood had to to with the relative affordability of the medium. Green wood is essentially unseasoned firewood. If one prepares it correctly, it can become a beautiful piece of work. If not, it still works as fire wood. It’s great for learning.
After rough turning a bunch of bowls, we decided to boil them! The idea is to rupture the cell walls, free the bound water, and expedite the drying process. It's working so far! #woodturning #spaltedmaple #woodworking #greenwood #grasshopperww
Something we have learned from working with wood over the past year is that working wood takes time. That may seem odd, but there’s a cadence and a rhythm in making things with wood that one ignores at one’s peril. Instant gratification is not an option.
Recently, we have started working with green (freshly harvested, unseasoned) wood. This is a departure from the more-or-less-straight-and-flat, kiln dried wood, that we were using previously. Even with that, rushing things is not advisable. It’s unsafe. Both the wood and oneself need to relax.