View Full Version : spalted beech hollow form 20.9.09

21st Sep 2009, 01:57 AM
hello folks
here's a form i've made today- in an attempt to improve my photography i took these shots outside in natural light!! i'm not sure if it worked as the sun kept going in and out behind some clouds!!
6 3/4" wide by 5 1/2" high 7/8" hole

21st Sep 2009, 03:01 AM
Mate!! hat is beautiful Piece. Congratulations!!:2tsup::2tsup::2tsup::2tsup:

Photos #1 #2 #$ are the best.

How many heart stopping moments did it give you turning that? What tool did you use for the hollowing process?

21st Sep 2009, 05:40 AM
thank you for your comments

I use a mixture of tools- shielded cutters like the big brother and munroe- some swan neck tools of trent bosch design- and melvyn firmagers two prong tools

left to right big bro and melvyns two prongs


rolly munroe

trent bosch

as for heart stopping moments: I dont really have them anymore when hollow form turning- i've been making forms for nearly 10 years and i'm just starting to relax whilist i do them :wink: a foot switch also helps :) no wgive me a skew and ask me to roll a bead and then my heart will race :oo:

21st Sep 2009, 06:55 AM
Cornucopia that looks great.:2tsup:

I just watched a Jimmy Clews dvd and he goes through some of the hollowing tools, he shows a hollowing tool that spits the shavings out the top, does that rolly munroe do the same.

Cheers Stef.

21st Sep 2009, 07:03 AM
thanks stef- yes it does

21st Sep 2009, 08:34 AM
Some of those tools look decidedly ugly and tempestuous!! I gues if youve tamed them, that's all that counts.

21st Sep 2009, 10:06 AM
Nice work there C love the spalted look and those tools :2tsup::2tsup:

I have a question?? I find that when I finish spalted work it darkens and changes considerably the look

What and how do you maintain the lighter colour.:?

21st Sep 2009, 11:44 AM
Looks good to me, your ten years experience shows, quality piece. :2tsup:

Ed Reiss
21st Sep 2009, 11:51 AM
nicely done Cornucopia :2tsup: ...as Wheelinround asked, what's the finish?

21st Sep 2009, 11:58 AM
Beautiful piece Corn. I could do that through a 7/8" hole but the wall thickness would be about 2-3/4".

21st Sep 2009, 04:42 PM
thank you for all of your comments

I use lemon oil until the piece is dry- this helps stop finger marks but still allows the piece to breath as it isnt a barrier type finish- this does darken the wood slightly at first but then lightens after a few days.
once dry i apply organoil hard burnishing oil- one or two coats to give's a slight satin finish- but i am experimenting with a new osmo oil which test's have shown to have brillant uv inhibiting.
if you want really light spalted beech you can use artist fixative (normally used on canvas's after painting) this willl stop finger marks but you cannot tell its there and the spalted beech will look like it does after you finish sanding -very very pale.

21st Sep 2009, 05:01 PM
Thanks C much appreciated :2tsup:

dai sensei
21st Sep 2009, 07:57 PM
Nice work :2tsup:, certainly a beautiful piece of timber.