I made another peppermill for my dad (another belated birthday present), this time out of bocote. That’s pronounced either “bow-coat-ee” or “buh-coat-ee”. It’s a good wood for turning, being close-grained, though it is pretty hard. But look at the grain! And “bocote” is fun to say. Maybe not as much fun as “cocobolo” or “bubinga,” but still more exciting than “oak.” 🙂
Monthly Archives: August 2013
After a few days of being busy with work, I’m back to slowly updating my blog with pics of my woodworking. My latest update is a (very) belated Christmas gift for my dad, a peppermill and salt shaker made of satinwood. Click here for more pics.
Just a word about sycamore–it’s related to maple, but isn’t as close-grained. That means there’s a lot of tear-out when turning end grain, which you do twice per revolution on a bowl. For those non-woodworkers out there, that means the turned bowl has some very rough spots on it, which need quite a bit of sanding. Then I put the water-based finish on, only water will raise the grain of many woods. That is, getting sanded wood wet will cause the wood to swell a bit along the grain pattern and the wood won’t be smooth! The result is…more sanding! Sanding is probably a woodworker’s least favorite activity. At any rate, much sanding was needed in between coats of finish before this bowl was as smooth as I wanted. The final result is:
I’ve uploaded pics of a walnut peppermill and salt shaker I made for our friends Bruce and Laurie. Click here for the page with pics.
No chalice from the palace or flagon with the dragon. Instead I made an olivewood pestle, though my father-in-law has the vessels it goes with. He inherited a couple of olivewood mortars a while ago, so I decided I’d turn an olivewood pestle for him. Here’s a small pic (or go here).
I’ve uploaded pics of another “recent” woodworking project: a satinwood bowl for my mom.
I’ve been delinquent in updating my blog with poetry and especially pics of my woodworking projects. Today I added a pic of candle holders I made for my sister…back in January. Better late than never. You can surf through the woodworking pages or find the candle holders here.