Tales from the Wood

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WoodWorking
Before the worst of the Autumn winds arrive I’ve been trying to do as much work out of the workshop as possible; Not only is it a total pleasure to work in the woods but it saves a lot of double-handling.

I’m now splitting billets into sections or ‘blanks’ ready for turning and carving; I’ve also waxed the end-grain before storing in a sheltered spot next to the workshop and I’m hoping this will enable me to keep the blanks green over time which will suit my very sporadic working pattern (did I really say ‘working pattern’!)

I’ve noticed that the more sycamore vessels I make the more they’re tend to follow the shape of the tree: you can see below that the facetted form of the base on this piece is largely derived from the curvature of the sycamore blank. I guess you might call it a natural design partnership but perhaps It’s more to do with Adapting-in-Action.