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Baby bow saw #6: Kolrosing

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 01-02-2021 08:38 PM 719 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once the saw was “done” I still wasn’t quite happy with it. I decided it needed decoration. With the light yellow of the citrus wood, the dark brown of coffee grounds made a very pretty contrast. Kolrosing (or kohlrosing) it is!

I decided to do a more linear pattern on one side, and a more curvy, or floral pattern on the other, mostly to get more experience and figure out what I like better. I started with the lines.

That was yesterday morning. This morning, I made curves.

In both cases, after carving the lines, I rubbed finely ground coffee grounds into the lines, then lightly sanded the surface to remove my pencil marks and coffee that wasn’t in the lines, then coated the wood with tung oil, which should lock everything into place.

So there it is.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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#1 posted 01-02-2021 09:27 PM

Wow, great work Dave !

Our sadly now departed StefanG would be very impressed

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 01-02-2021 10:10 PM

Now that’s going from craftsman to artisan for sure.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 01-03-2021 02:29 AM

That looks really good, the kolrosing with coffee makes a nice contrasting ornamentation. Kolrosing, new to me and I’ve been reading magazines and books on woodworking for about 14 years. Neat.

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#4 posted 01-03-2021 02:58 AM

You can also do color kolrosing, Tom. I’m working on finding a way to grind turquoise and maybe chilies fine enough… maybe turmeric in a darker wood? Another thing to fiddle with…

Thanks, Rob & Peter!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 01-03-2021 12:33 PM

Loe it! Makes it look like ivory! Did you answer your question? Did you decide which you like better? Nice work!

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#6 posted 01-03-2021 01:01 PM

I decided I need more practice with the curves, Bill. I might like that better, but I’m pretty sure I’m better at executing the straighter more geometric patterns now. More practice will come on future items…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 01-03-2021 06:58 PM



You can also do color kolrosing, Tom. I’m working on finding a way to grind turquoise and maybe chilies fine enough… maybe turmeric in a darker wood? Another thing to fiddle with…

Thanks, Rob & Peter!

- Dave Polaschek


I’d go nowhere near turmeric, gets everywhere even when cooking with it, would be a nightmare to get it off the rest of the wood, try fenugreek (or maybe ginger) on a darker wood.

To save grinding chillies, get ready ground spices, Cayenne or Paprika should work for red, sumac for a darker red.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#8 posted 01-03-2021 10:17 PM

Yeah, turmeric makes everything yellow.

I figure I’ll play with whatever I can find.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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