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As described in the About Us page, the profit from the sale of these turnings will all be used for Random Acts of Kindness.
Details on finishes, etc. at the bottom of this page.
These pieces are all turned from wood found on the roadside from utility line clearing or have been salvaged from the firewood pile from the local sawmill’s reject wood. Most pieces are walnut oil sanded to 400 or 600 grit, sealed with a sanding sealer, and are finished in a method best suited for their use.
For utility bowls, they are typically finished with a polymerized walnut oil. This is a preferred food-safe finish because walnut oil is hardening oil that will protect the wood without discoloring or clouding the grain and chatoyance. Furthermore, it’s an easily reparable finish. If it’s starting to dull from the rigors of washing and utensils, just wipe on another coat of walnut oil, buff to a nice satin shine, and let it harden for a few days.
Hollow forms and mantle piece bowls are usually finished with a french polish. After preparing the surface by sanding to a very smooth surface and sealing, these pieces are polished to a high shine by applying many very thin coats of thinned shellac mixed with boiled linseed oil. The oil serves to lubricate the surface, and the heat from the friction of applying the polish while still on the lathe drives the shellac into the surface of the wood. The result is a deep, durable finish with beautiful luster. After a few weeks, the shellac is hardened and can be buffed and polished with wax to a glass-like surface. Typically, carnuba wax is used. It’s the hardest and more durable wax available, and it’s food-safe qualities (it’s what makes skittles and M&M’s shiny) make it a great solution for wood turned pieces.
Bottle stoppers and small items are usually finished with several coats of CA (Cyanoacrylate) glue. This is essentially thinned super glue, and it’s great for these small items because it hardens to a crystal clear, but highly durable finish.
Be sure to check out the item description for details of each turning. Sizes are approximate. Dammit, Jim…I’m a woodturner, not a doctor.