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.
Learning to work with green spalted maple. Using a 60 degree bevel and conventional grind on the gouge is a good start. Spewing out wet wood shavings is fun! #woodworking #spaltedmaple #greenwood #grasshopperww #woodturning
Rough turned spalted maple bowl. It needs to sit for a while so the wood can dry out. #madeinpdx #woodworking #woodturning #greenwood #spaltedmaple #grasshopperww
Roughing out a green wood spalted maple bowl. More to come. Trying to reduce the woodpile! #woodbowl #woodturning #greenwood #spaltedmaple