"Canopy"


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There was a lot going on in that piece of wood, and unfortunate about the bark inclusion blot, but it still came out beautiful. It really would have been cool if you found a 5 dollar bill in the chunk, at least you would have broke even. 

Question on the wood, that wood is much lighter than the walnut I use. Walnut does lighten with time and exposure to UV, but you just turned it. If you told me to guess what type of wood you used, I don't think I would have guessed walnut. Was it Black Walnut or was it possibly English Walnut?

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50 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

...I'm picking up that you aren't happy with the blot, so does that mean you'll try this design again in the future?

Well maybe.  Not so much because of the blot; you never know what's lurking in the next chunk of wood.  But looking at the piece there are varriations on the theme that might look better.

For example the waist line of the "trunk" could be thinner next time.   Seen from above the rim has a pleasing curve, but that curve blocks your view of the shape from below.   However, getting hold of a dry piece of wood big enough for one of these shapes is a challenge, they just don't grow on trees.  So any iteration may be waiting a long time.

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14 minutes ago, Bmac said:

Question on the wood, that wood is much lighter than the walnut I use. Walnut does lighten with time and exposure to UV, but you just turned it. If you told me to guess what type of wood you used, I don't think I would have guessed walnut. Was it Black Walnut or was it possibly English Walnut?

It really is a chocolate brown in the flesh, so maybe that's the white balance (which was set for different lighting).   Also I used a hard wax oil for the surface coating and that ambers less than polyurethane, so that might also contribute.  As to what kind of walnut, no idea.  The tree was taken down somewhere in the Chicago area and had sat in my friend's stash in a very roughly round state for at least 10 years.  

Here's a picture with correct white balance: 

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