Coloured Quilted Poplar with a Holly threaded lid. This piece came from a log I saw it in a woodyard that I use was 1m in diameter and 3m long, I noticed the undulations on the surface where the bark had been pulled off. (see the image below) Poplar isn't a timber I would normally use due to it's blandness but I thought I would try a piece, when I started to turn it I…
Turkey Oak (quercus cerris) is a relatively fast growing tree and is planted as an ornamental, ideal for windbreaks. This piece came from a very large tree, the crotch of which was about 3 metres in diameter, it has been fumed with Ferrous Sulphate which reacts with the tannins in the Oak darkening it. However because it's a chemical reaction only the surface changes colour and by carving through the natural colour of the wood…
This piece has been turned with the grain running horizontally rather than vertically so that the patterns of the spalting are emphasised differently. An void was found during the turning of the lid, it was filled with bronze epoxy which both strenthens and enhances it. The lid has a hand cut 16tpi thread and corresponding Boxwood ring has been glued into the neck of the urn ensuring a secure closure.