Big oak burl: what to do?

A neighbor gave me a massive oak burl, far bigger than anything I’ve ever worked with. So this is a learning experience for me. I started by cutting the burl protrusion off horizontally, about half of the height of this piece. I then cut that in two, slicing it down the middle on the longer… Continue reading Big oak burl: what to do?

“Butternut”: is it a tree, a squash, a toffee or a ski resort?

Pete Kaup brought a bunch of “butternut” to our February meeting, and it was wood from the butternut tree, not the same-named butternut squash, toffee or Massachusetts ski resort. The butternut tree is also commonly called ‘white walnut,’ and it is a close relative of the black walnut. Both are mildly toxic to other plants,… Continue reading “Butternut”: is it a tree, a squash, a toffee or a ski resort?

Uses of Epoxy in Woodturning

This was the outline used by Robert Marshall, in presentation on this topic, Uses of Epoxy in Woodturning, on January 6, 2024. I plan to update this post with contributions from Jeff Bagley, who co-presented on this topic at that meeting.

Pentakis Dodecahedron

That’s a mouthful, for sure. It identifies a 3-D geometric shape, formed of 12 pentagonal pyramids, each made up of 5 identical triangles. Thus, it has 60 (12 * 5) identical pieces. In this case, we’re talking about an assembly of sixty 3/4″ plywood pieces, whose dimensions and angles permit them to fit together to… Continue reading Pentakis Dodecahedron

Mosaic hollow-form

This project was inspired by one of Philip Moulthrop’s hollow-forms, which I saw in an exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The project begins with a simple hollow-form which will serve as the base for the mosaic work. This base can be any wood at all; it will be almost entirely carved away in the… Continue reading Mosaic hollow-form

Mosaic dish: stabilized, mold-cast, turned and epoxy finished

This project combines three uses of epoxy: (1) epoxy stabilization of spalted/rotten wood; (2) molded casting of epoxy and wood, and (3) epoxy finish coating. The wood pieces were mainly from corners cut off of half-round log blanks. Being on the outside of the logs, they were more severely spalted than the rest of the… Continue reading Mosaic dish: stabilized, mold-cast, turned and epoxy finished