I've likely never mentioned this, but Doorlink's aunt is an abbess. This means we don't get to see her much, as she pretty much travels around the world fairly constantly. But this weekend, sandwiched between a trip to Norway and a trip to the Philippines, she made a stop in Crozet, Virginia. We went up to see her on Saturday. To Doorlink's shock, at about 8 PM on Friday, I declined a margarita, thinking I should make something for Gail. I have a hard and fast rule about no shop time on any day I've imbibed even a drop... it keeps my fingers stuck to my hand...
Anyway, that begs the question: what do you make for an Abbess? Especially when you're climbing in the car at the crack of dawn the next morning? Well, it turns out she spent some time at her brother's place in Vermont when she was growing up. And you may remember, last summer I brought back some chunks of Lime (AKA Linden) from that very property. So, why not?
Here's the very beginning:
Roughed out the blank on the bandsaw:
Got the thing mounted:
ready for reverse chucking:
Starting the finish process:
What you see there is that night's work. I got one coat of poly on it around 11. That had soaked in completely by midnight, and so I put on another coat. Woke up at 7, and put on another. Drove for three hours, and we met her by the monastery in the mountains. While she, Doorlink, and James went for a short walk, I worked on the bowl out of the back of the car, waxing and buffing. so, it was fully presentable over lunch, and James did a great job of doing the presenting...
To be continued...