Drying With a Microwave #2: Like a Phoenix from the ashes.

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Blog entry by Druid posted 02-26-2016 12:28 AM 1781 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After ABC’s “friend” quickly left, ABC started over again by using another piece of cedar.
He re-drew the pattern, and started carving the bowl all over again. So, by the time that I arrived, ABC had completely re-carved his project, sanded it, and had applied 2 coats of stain as shown here.

We reviewed this carving, and I explained that his techniques were excellent for a first carving project. He has followed the grain of the wood very well, and there are no signs of any problems wherever he had to change directions as he carved with, against, or across the grain.
The undulations in the bottom of the bowl were ABC’s idea, and although this made the project significantly more difficult, he has produced a very pleasing effect both visually and to the touch.
ABC has certainly not let the microwave disaster stop him from learning, and he has quickly but patiently produced a really nice carving that is already being appreciated by its new owner who received it as a gift.
Here is a final photo of his project as the finish was drying.

Once again, I’ll recommend to take care, and do your research, before trying to “dry” either wood or glue in a microwave oven. If you are thinking of using your partner’s prize microwave oven to season your wood, I can only suggest one word . . . DON’T!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#1 posted 02-26-2016 12:30 AM

This is a beauty. Wow!

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#2 posted 02-26-2016 12:34 AM


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#3 posted 02-26-2016 12:49 AM

Thanks guys, I’ll let ABC know about your comments.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 02-26-2016 01:36 AM

Nice carving I just wish I could do that .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 03:13 AM

ABC’s friend is a knucklehead. ABC is pretty damned good around a chisel., I’ll tell you that. That heart is a beauty. I should have tried something like that instead of some intricate flowers, like I started with. I will say that they look good, and I’m not embarrassed to have them as my first project, since I didn’t have two clues to rub together, in the beginning. The “class” I was taking was sponsored by the local senior center, which required a teaching credential. The “class monitor”, as I call that person, had a teaching credential (for something else), but had zit-point-$4it for knowledge about wood carving. So, I was pretty much on my own. Still, I enjoy wood carving and have progressed pretty well. I guess I should start on my photography skills, so that I can post some decent pix.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 02-26-2016 03:44 AM

That is quite beautiful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 02-26-2016 07:13 AM

Thanks for the additional kind comments. I’m interested in seeing ABC’s future projects once he manages to obtain some tools of his own that hopefully will include a wider variety than the few that he currently has on loan.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 02-26-2016 10:48 AM

Beautifully crafted!!!!!



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#9 posted 02-26-2016 06:49 PM

That is one exquisite piece.

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#10 posted 03-04-2016 02:38 PM

What a great carving job and it even has a somewhat organic appearance which is very pleasing. It looks like ABC has a good teacher and woodworking talent to boot!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-06-2016 05:31 AM

Thanks again guys, I’ll let ABC know.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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