The daily woodturning blog.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I need some opinions, please if you're reading this - woodturner or not - leave a comment. I need to figure out what to do with the voids on this burl. Many of the voids go at least an inch deep, some of them as much as 2 or 3 inches and up to 1/2" wide. With a finished thickness of under 1/2" many of them will go all the way through the finished piece, risking it coming apart on the lathe.
There's also this mysterious hole in one side of the burl. It doesn't go all the way through to the bark and it doesn't appear in the bowl I cored off the bottom of this blank.
The 2 options are: 1) leave them alone and leave the voids unfilled and natural or 2) fill them with something; coffee grounds, Turquoise, Chrysocolla, Malachite, or something similar.
This is an earlier set from the same tree to give you a better idea of the color of the wood and how it looks with coffee grounds used as a filler.
Now it's time to let me know what you think. Fill or no fill. If fill then with what?