Turning the Snotty Log – Part Three

Given the state of the wood as found, I am more than happy with the results.   The woodworm holes and other artifacts give it an extra helping of character that you just don’t get from a well prepared blank…



Hampshire Sheen High Gloss has worked really well on this piece with the exception of it collecting in the wormholes, but filling them with epoxy or acrylic didn’t seem the right direction to go in.

So if anyone reading this has any bright ideas, please let me know…






Turning the Snotty Log – Part 2

The outside of the bowl has now been sealed and waxed using Hampshire Sheen High Gloss, giving the results below..


Inside has been turned, sanded to 400grit, oiled and sealed.  Waxing tomorrow hopefully…

Turning The Snotty Log

A few years ago I found a ‘lump’ of timber at the side of the road following some tree maintenance.  It was pretty waterlogged due to the weather at the time,  so I put it to one side in the shed and forgot about it.

Roll forward to the present, and the initial rough work whilst deciding what to do with it is below.


It was put aside again at this point as I was unsure as to whether to proceed given the wormage and soft spots present in the wood.

However, the internet is a wonderful resource and after a bit of research I watered down some acrylic sealer, gave it a pretty good sousing and left it to dry.

The following pics show the outer well sanded and then coated with Danish Oil.


There are a couple of areas that are giving concern and which may result in the outside needing more work, but we will see.

More to follow…

Mahogany Thins Revisited

Thin #1

Well the platter is still in the same state as it was back at the end of January… So I have decided to leave it as is.

I want to keep a reminder of what can happen when a piece isn’t finished as well as it should be, but I also want to move on and not obsess over it.   Not sure what the next thin will evolve into, but hopefully I’ll get the finish right.


Mahogany Thins

Picked these up for a quid each at Turners Retreat because the price looked ok.

They aren’t really suitable for turning much other than platters or very shallow bowls but they are excellent for practicing the removal of as little wood as possible to get the desired result.

Thin #1.

This went on the lathe a couple of weeks ago and I had no definite idea of where I wanted to take it. Very much a case of seeing ‘what the wood wants to do’.

So, after a few hours of turning, sanding, oiling, sealing and finishing I had the platter seen below.

But… it’s shocking.

Not the shape, I’m really pleased with that. It also feels nice to handle, the curves flow nicely, both to the touch and the eye.

The finish, however, is awful.  And it’s all down to not getting it right at the sanding stage.

So, it’s now a case of stripping back the wax and having at it again with the sandpaper.

Updates to follow.