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A little cup

Postby SeanHellman » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:44 pm

I made this in the winter, and had to waterproof it today as I have just sold it. It is a big one and holds a very large mugs worth liquid. The measure stick is cm on the left and inch on the right.

So a little test, what wood is it? A hint, it is not a hardwood.
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Re: A little cup

Postby emjay » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:38 pm

Hi Sean.
I can only think it must be a piece of yew.
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Re: A little cup

Postby woodchubber » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:49 pm

Well Sean unless it's a red herring it must be Sitka Spruce.
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Re: A little cup

Postby SeanHellman » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:53 pm

Its not yew, but I have come across some amazing burr yew from Buckland Abbey on Dartmoor that a friend bought some years ago.
The wood in its fresh state would be white, I found this log in a pile of logs that was cut up for fire wood, so it has been coloured light brown
by the beginning of the rotting process.
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Re: A little cup

Postby arth » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:54 pm

Very nice cup. I think I'll make a few next to the fire this winter.

Can't think what the wood is.
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Re: A little cup

Postby emjay » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:00 pm

Can't think of any softwood with a burr, but I have seen thick growths on larch. Could they have created a burr?
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Re: A little cup

Postby SeanHellman » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:03 pm

Well I am a bit dense, unlike the sitka, which incidentally I can not spell correctly. Forgot that the file name showed up under the pictures :oops:

Lovely wood to carve and easy as well. I would recommend that you go for as slow grown stuff as possible. Most of it is grown so fast in this country and is not so nice to work with. I like my softwoods grown really slow and my hardwood's grown fast. This was grown high on Dartmoor and is the first softwood burr I have come across. They use to make aeroplanes out of this stuff, light and strong. It came out of a firewood pile the diameter was 15 inch and the log was 13 inch long, had been cut down for at least 4 months.
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Re: A little cup

Postby robin wood » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:50 pm

Lovely use of a nice piece of wood. Better not fill that one with whisky.
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Re: A little cup

Postby woodchubber » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:51 pm

Sorry to be a spoilsport Sean, I bet you're not as dense as me when it comes to IT. Lovely bit of carving of course, I know you were experimenting with waterproofing vessels: is this treated with beeswax?
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Re: A little cup

Postby SeanHellman » Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:13 am

Robin, hopefully I have learnt my lesson with the whisky :twisted:

John, It was too big to fit in my wax melting pot, so I heated the cup up with a hot air gun and kept painting melted wax onto it. The hot air gun was then used to keep the cup hot and even more wax painted on. I must have spent at least 10 mins, just waxing and heating. With the last coat, wipe off with a cotton cloth. The wood gets so hot that you can not hold it in your bare hands for more than a few seconds. Great for everything apart from hot liquids. The Sitka would have been like a sieve without the beeswax.
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Re: A little cup

Postby Graeme Fraser » Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:35 pm

Gorgeous! Love the design and the burr is stunning.

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