Black Walnut Box

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Project by Jimnl posted 10-16-2012 05:40 AM 1150 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3” tall x 2 3/4” diameter. Black Walnut with a 1” dyed agate

Found the wood in a pile of firewood, and decided to have fun.
When I first started turning it, I thought it had a slight bark inclusion that I would turn away, I was wrong. It just gott bigger, so after a little epoxy and a day of waiting, I went back to work.
I’m wondering about dying the epoxy next time. Does anyone have any suggestions on what type/brand of dye works best?

I need to learn to take better pictures because my lack of photo skills do not do justice to the chatoyancy of the wood.

I noticed that the oil didn’t fill all the nooks and crannys, looks like I still have to finish the finish.

-- to turn or not to turn, is that really a question?

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#1 posted 10-16-2012 01:47 PM

I’ve never tried dyeing epoxy, interesting prospect though. I have used crushed stone and also colored sand to fill in voids like these before. the colored sand is especially nice because it comes in every color you can think of. pretty cheap too! I buy it from hobby lobby in about a quart size container, for around $3. you might give it a try sometime.

-- Gridlockd

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#2 posted 10-16-2012 01:58 PM

I like it a lot! From firewood to something amazing!

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 09:22 PM

Love the box; the agate is a nice contrast. I have black and brown CA glue to deal with some cracks in olive because I’m too scared to turn it with them. For yours, why worry? It’s beautiful as it is—or use clear so you can still see the bark. Thanks for posting.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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