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Tazmaniandevil

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I had this piece of beech drying up in the garage roofspace, and decided to do something with it at the weekend. It was roughly cylindrical but as I trued it up a chip of bark I had missed popped out, so rather than lose the entire width, I started this wiggly pattern. Inside was hollowed using a round scraper and spindle gouge. I really need to think about a proper hollowing tool, but I am on a very limited budget so need to work with what I have.

I added a 2 euro coin for scale. The interior is still a bit rough, but I couldn't fit my hands inside to sand it properly.

The finish is boiled linseed oil, which darkened the grain considerably. I like the effect though.
 

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I really like the way the grain wiggles with the shape - looks like a good way of maximising the timber.

Why does beech get those dark grey stains in it? I have a few bits of beech which have them..
 

Tazmaniandevil

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It's spalting, or mould growing inside the grain. Depending how deep it goes and how dense the grain is (I think) the effect varies considerably.
 

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Black / dark inclusions can also be caused by the tree having a nail in it for a fence at some time in its life
 

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Fun form that. Nicely made.

Sanding the inside can be done by cutting a slot in a piece of wood - I use an old chisel handle and then putting the abrasive in the slot. That way, no fingers get burned and you can reach right down to the bottom.
 
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