I use a trononeuse to cut the logs into manageable-sized pieces, then treat them with a white band sprinkler. Condsideration is given to grain orientation and other factors such as cracks and knots in the wood. Once the white is prepared, it is mounted on my turn and turned to a rough shape.
The wood is still very moist at this point so the rough bowl is left to dry, which can take anywhere from a few months to the year in some cases. Once the wood has stabilized at a moisture content of less than 10%, the rough bowl is reassembled on the turn and transformed into a final shape. It is then sanded and prepared for finishing. I use safe oil food/wax finish on all my functional pieces.This is an easy-to-maintain finish with a matte shine that shows the true beauty of wood and does not give it a plastic, shiny look. To maintain the finish and clean the bowl.
Rinse and wash in hot soapy water. Don't let him sit in the water. Dry by hand with a dish towel. When the finish of the bowls becomes dull apply mineral oil, butcher block oil, or a bowl wax to bring back some shine.
Reappplication will never occur a few months with frequent use. Bowls should not enter the microwave or dishwasher. Do not use a brite scotch pad when washing the bowl, as it will scratch the surface.
For pieces with live edge bark, be very careful that the bark can flake and be broken easily p. For bowls with voids, it is not recommended to use as salad bowls where dressing can enter the cracks.
Here is a link to a video that shows the beginning process of taking a diary to its rough shape. Several hours of work are used in the creation of each room. These items are 100% handmade by me.Prices vary depending on the hours of work and the type/species of wood. Please feel free to contact me for more information, photos or questions about any of my products. Free shipping available for Canada.
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