Jump to content


- - - - -

Wands


5 replies to this topic

#1 R. Eugene Laughlin

    Board Member

  • Moderators
  • 3,600 posts
  • LocationOregon

Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:18 PM

I've taken up a new effort to learn how to turn wood on a lathe. I've been at it for about 3 weeks. While I plan to learn how to turn bowls and vases, so far I've been turning wands.

In the process of learning about turning wood I've learned about "spalted" woods. Spalting is a process that occurs from what amounts to a fungal infection, which causes various atypical striations and coloration in the grain. Box Elder, which is a species of maple rather than being related to actual Elder, takes on striking red streaks, as well as some blue-grays, greens, and various wood tones. The spalting stands out all the more in this wood because, being maple, it's typical very light. Here's a Box Elder wand I recently turned:

Posted Image




I also acquired pieces of spalted pecan, which is considerably darker, with more intricate grain patterns:




Posted Image




I'm selling them both on my etsy page: Box Elder, Spalted Pecan. I've expressed some ideas about the magical properties of these wands in the ads, pursuant to the woods used, and particularly about the spalting, which is of course controversial. After all, the beauty imparted by the spalting is a side of effect of what is technically-speaking an illness. Comments are welcome.
Effectiveness is the Measure of Truth
http://neuromagick.com/
https://www.etsy.com...CraftsEngraving

#2 Imperial Arts

    Senior Member

  • Old Timers
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,439 posts
  • LocationA Hole in the Ground

Posted 10 January 2018 - 08:35 PM

Nice work!

Spalting can produce some interesting hollows as well. We fill them with colored resin before lathe turning, and the result is something like this:

Posted Image
https://www.lulu.com...ibutorId=588142

http://www.lulu.com/...t-22253942.html

"Only the madman is absolutely sure." - Wilson & Shea, Illuminatus!

#3 Curious Cat

    Eats Locusts

  • Owner
  • 1,163 posts

Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:38 PM

Beautiful work you two!

#4 R. Eugene Laughlin

    Board Member

  • Moderators
  • 3,600 posts
  • LocationOregon

Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:42 AM

View PostImperial Arts, on 10 January 2018 - 08:35 PM, said:

Nice work!

Spalting can produce some interesting hollows as well. We fill them with colored resin before lathe turning...

Thank you. Is that what they mean by "hybrid stabilized" blanks?
Effectiveness is the Measure of Truth
http://neuromagick.com/
https://www.etsy.com...CraftsEngraving

#5 Imperial Arts

    Senior Member

  • Old Timers
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,439 posts
  • LocationA Hole in the Ground

Posted 11 January 2018 - 05:47 AM

View PostR. Eugene Laughlin, on 11 January 2018 - 03:42 AM, said:

Thank you. Is that what they mean by "hybrid stabilized" blanks?

Yep! That's the stuff. It's cool to see these being sold as pre-fab blanks.
https://www.lulu.com...ibutorId=588142

http://www.lulu.com/...t-22253942.html

"Only the madman is absolutely sure." - Wilson & Shea, Illuminatus!

#6 wren

    Venerable Member

  • Moderators
  • 1,259 posts

Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:53 PM

Just a word about pecan trees.

Around here the greening of pecan trees is a token of the passing of the last frost... which was decidedly off this year.
They had greened before this recent cold snap and it looks to freeze again tonight. Expect pecan prices to rise again this year.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users