Although I haven’t been making any furniture or “art” pieces for the past month or so, I have been working hard on all that walnut I got. (see the Muchachos story) So far I have made some very large bowls that are still drying, a number of other thin bowls that are waiting for finish, and a couple of large hollow forms.
I made the hollow forms two different ways. The first one, I made with the pith going up and down. I was hollowing end grain so it took a long time to hollow. Now that the vessel has dried, it has taken on a tear shape as the pith expands. The second vessel was hollowed with the pith parallel to the ground. It was much easier to hollow, and now that it has dried, the pith has expanded out to the sides. When placed side by side, you can really see how the pith orientation affects the shape of the vessel.
I used a gloss poly for the finish, then I used india ink to black out the inside. They are pretty thin, but not Ellsworth thin, and I still make the bottoms a tad heavy. Making it super thin, 3/16″ or less, is like playing chicken. Needless to say, I’m still the chicken. Anyway, wanna see my jugs?