My first attempt at a quaich

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My first attempt at a quaich

Postby red_beard » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:32 am

Well, I took a branch off my Basswood tree and thought I'd try my hand at carving a quaich.

Though normally turned, I did this whole thing with knives and a spokeshave.

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I was very pleased with it, until disaster struck when I tried to use it...

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I've heard plenty of people talk about how to dry green wood slowly. I guess I've never heard how to finish the dry item without catastrophic consequences. Any advice?
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Re: My first attempt at a quaich

Postby robin wood » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:03 pm

first I would carve it a bit thinner, then dry it thoroughly then if you want to use it for spirits dip it in hot beeswax and wipe excess off.
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Re: My first attempt at a quaich

Postby red_beard » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:03 pm

Thanks, I'll give that a try next time.
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Re: My first attempt at a quaich

Postby SeanHellman » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:41 pm

What did you put in it, for it to crack? Can you tell us a bit more.
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Re: My first attempt at a quaich

Postby DavidFisher » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:51 am

Nice job with the knives. I would guess that there was a hairline crack/fault in that piece before you carved it. Especially since it cracked in the exact same way on both ends of the bowl. Look very carefully for any faults at all in a piece before the carving begins. Tiny lines open up into big cracks during drying. I know it is frustrating, but I think a little wood putty will fill that right in! :wink:
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Re: My first attempt at a quaich

Postby red_beard » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:10 pm

Well, I put whiskey in it before any finish, which thoroughly wet it and then started to evaporate. Now it seems obvious what a shock that would be to the wood, but I guess I just thought that once it was dry I was in the clear.
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