No, I'm not talking about myself...it's the hollow form. This is a piece of madrone burl that I tried an experiment on. Previous madrone pieces I've turned moved quite a bit during the drying stage, so I was leaving them thick with the intent to have plenty of wood to work with after drying. Thing is, when the wood was thick, it tended to crack a lot. (Not necessarily a bad thing, though.) For this one, I decided to turn it to finished size and sand it down to 600 grit in a single session, hoping the cracking would be reduced. Indeed, after drying this one has minimal cracking, but it warped like crazy. (Also not necessarily a bad thing either.) My only regret is that I didn't take any "before" pictures to show what it looked like when I started.
This piece ended up about 4 1/4" wide by 3 3/4" tall. After drying, I sanded very lightly with 600 grit, then gave it multiple coats of Formby's Tung Oil blend. I finished it off with a light spraying of rattle-can lacquer to even out the sheen. The surface texture feels like leather...it's a very tactile piece.
I expect people will either really like it or really dislike it, but I figure it will be a conversation starter any way you look at it. My MIL says she feels sorry for it...huggably ugly.
I uploaded a bunch of pics, since I could. Let me know which one(s) you think are the best. All comments and opinions are encouraged...thanks for looking.
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