Sunday, 10 February 2013

Cherry Cigar AshTray

Its been a busy weekend carving. My final presentation piece for a forum friend a Cigar Ashtray in cherry wood. Hope you like the work.

Cherry wood

Finished with Beeswax
I love working in cherry the grain is something else. Carved from a halved piece of log.

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Tragedy Teaspoon

I decided today after a tidy up of all my wood that I would design a new shape cigar ashtray and then carve it out of the other half of the maple that I had used last week. I roughed the work out, marked it up which took forever to try and get right. Then started to cut out the excess wood around the planned design. I was using a mortice chisel to rough the side out then disaster a large chunk of wood splintered away from the area that had been planned to be the bowl. I tried to see if I could reshape the work but, you gotta know when to quit, so the work went into the wood scrap box.

So feeling a bit deflated by it all and knowing the Rugby International's were playing today and by this stage not a lot of time left before kick off.  I needed a confidence builder so from the scrap box I pulled out a really knurled piece of rock hard, seasoned Blackthorn, but I could see a spoon in there. Splitting Blackthorn is so unpredictable due to the knots etc. It split well right up to the final stage, when it came away early, clearly not going to be a good day. The piece that had split away was very thin but I decided to carve a teaspoon from it. So below please see my offering of a tiny tragedy teaspoon. Actually, I really enjoyed this little piece of work took about an hour to do.

Thank goodness for the rugby this afternoon.

Blackthorn Wood

Finish applied, Walnut Oil.

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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Sap Walnut Cigar Ashtray Pt 2

I have finished the work on the tray. I left it for just under a week to dry out indoors as the Sap Walnut wood was wet not green. I had a little bit of warping which has been addressed.

I use Abronet sanding sheets which although slightly more expensive are better value for money than normal sanding sheets. I always purchase from classichandtools easy online ordering and generally fast delivery. I start with 80 grit and work my way up to 600 I have been higher than that but I think 600 is good enough.

I was unsure what type of finish to apply to the wood. I chose Walnut oil. Actually there  is not much difference in the look of the wood just a bit shinier and smoother as you will see from a couple of photos below.

Oil applied

I was toying with putting some art work on the tray. However, I actually just like the simplicity of the finished piece. Not sure what to do with the Cigar Ashtray yet!!

Thanks for dropping in. The next task is to try and carve the other half of the wood from the tray into a small bowl, hopefully!


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Sap Walnut Cigar Ashtray Pt 1.

My latest project is a cigar ashtray made out of sap walnut. I was given some walnut limbs and trunks the wood had been sitting outside for years and was sodden. So here we go.

Walnut Limb

Section cut from the limb. (Grunsfors Small forest Axe)
Split with the axe
I decided on the right length I required and sawn a section off then split the piece with the axe and wood hammer.

I then chose the halved piece that I wanted and axed it down. I then roughed the sides off with a wood planer it makes it easier to draw the dimensions onto the wood.

The hard work then starts roughing out the bowl area.I am using a 3/4 Curved gouge and a hook knife for smoothing off.

I tape my fingers up to stop them blistering when using the hook knife for long periods of time.

Because the wood was so damp I decide just to rough the work out with Abranet 80 grit for the time being.

My No17 curved gouge with my home made mallet made from seasoned blackthorn wood. The roughed out work is drying out at the moment and when its ready the final clean will happen and a finish applied I'm not sure what finish will be used yet.

Thanks for reading as soon as the Cigar ashtray is finished I will post, lets hope it does not check!!!!