Friday, August 12, 2011

Denon D7000 Claro Walnut Cups

Here's a set of commissioned cups constructed out of Claro Walnut with a couple coats of sanding finish (shellac) for that nice flat matte look.  Like always...these are much nicer in person.  That should be a disclaimer at the top of the blog.  :-) 

A funny thing about Claro Walnut is that it typically is very water logged (green).  I actually get sprayed in the face with a watery wood slurry as I shave it.  Wet wood turns really nicely with less effort than dry/brittle/hard wood, but it's not "stable." 

What I have to do is turn it to a roughed form and let it sit for a day or two to allow for it to dry.  As it dries it tends to warp and check.  Then I need to re-chuck it and smooth the warping and scrape off any checking in the wood.  I like the finished product but it takes patience, which I don't have a whole lot of some days.  Word.

Sorry the two end pics have a totally different white balance setting. 


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