Tuesday, 22 September 2009

What's inside?

When you rive open a log you never really know what you're going to find. This was inside a lump of Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) that I cracked open this morning.

On contact with the air the colours oxidise very quickly to a dull browny grey.

I'm going to use the clean wood to rough out some rolling pins with the kids tomorrow and Thursday at Countryside Live but I'll work the heartwood up into some much needed stock and hopefully the colour will come back when I oil it.

This was from a load of logs I got from my mate Tony which included Cherry, Red Oak, Box and London Plane (Platanus) - cheers for that. Sometimes you wonder if you're going to find any fresh and interesting wood . . then loads turns up all at once. Also got some really nice Ash logs from a Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust site when I did a workshop for their volunteers last week. It's a feast or famine situation.


Anonymous said...

Glad you had a good day at Highgate...it's still one of my favourite places.

The Sycamore looks lovely! It's funny that for you it's a shame, and I'd consider it lucky! Oh well.

Good luck with the kids! 200!


Sorry if I gave the wrong impression but I DO consider it lucky too Andy!
Anything I make with spalting, interesting stains or knots always seems to sell quickly.

willowpool said...

Hello folks

good to meet up again at Countryside live. see you next year. I'll need months to recover from all those children!!

Harmonica Workshop said...

beautiful Im still considering sycamorfe bridge pins...