Follow a piece of raw wood: through sculpting, sanding, and oiling, becoming a beautiful display piece . . .
Over Christmas, I was given some big pieces of very spalted maple that had been felled 4 to 5 years ago. I will post throughout January how these pieces evolve and transform… from something that looks not so good, punky, to a carved wooden bowl or dish that now looks ever so handsome. Maple wood has many patterned features to its grain and tends to age very well with all its “spaltedness”. Sometimes these patterns resemble aerial photographs with their contours and landscapes. These bowls will be shell bowls.
Here you can see what will be the bottom of a shell bowl.
Wait till you see these pieces get their final sanding and finishing completed with oil and beeswax…
And here’s a finished Spalted Maple Shell Bowl: sanded, oiled, and ready for display.