The people at the local post office think I am very odd. Sometimes I get boxes full of wrought iron bars, or sand and I sometimes send out chunks of railroad track. What, it’s what postal service is for, isn’t it?
5,000 years old.
I’ll probably make two bowls out of that, and there will be yummy scraps to play with. That chunk is from a guy on etsy who’s in Ukraine. Remarkably, it arrived in less than a week.
It has some cracks in it, so I may bandsaw it into blanks and then resin-soak them.
Right now I need to repair/replace/upgrade the tensioner for Mr Happy Dancing Bandsaw, so I can’t do any sawing until parts arrive. But they should appear by next week and then I can have it all working fine and dandy.
While I’m at it, here’s another piece I cut a few weeks ago; I’ve been letting it air and dry:
Ant log turned out pretty well, but the holes in the wood were vertical and I wondered how it would look if the holes were horizontal, instead. Easy enough to find out. Next I need to make a container to resin-soak it in. I feel like I am wasting a lot of resin, pouring it in and chiseling it out again – I want to have something close-fitting and maybe a vacuum bag I can put it in. Bagging is easier than having a large vacuum chamber and I know the guys who do carbon fiber use that technique, so something must be out there. [https://www.fibreglast.com/category/Vacuum_Bagging_Vacuum_Infusion – holy moly lots to learn there! So exciting!]
I had an idea the other day for a bowl-making project that ought to be pretty cool, and I don’t think I have seen anyone else do it. So it occurred to me that I could set up some lights and cameras and do a build video. But the problem is that nowadays youtube is full of professional-quality build videos that are produced by people who really know how to edit for dynamic interest, and, basically, I don’t know if it’s worth going to a lot of trouble to make something that hardly anyone will ever care about. Maybe I should just stick to what I’m doing, which I think I do OK at. On the other hand, I’d be product-placement free and I’d have no need to bulk it up with extra stuff to meet some kind of minimum length target for a sponsor. I guess I dread youtube and social media, it’s such a dumping-ground.