Posted on April 2, 2016
Some years ago a friend asked if I'd like some pieces of North Queensland Bloodwood and, if so, to bring my trailer around to an industrial block near Port Douglas (North Queensland, Australia) on which he'd just cleared a lot of weeds and low shrubs ... and one large tree. I said 'yes' ... turned up ... and was confronted by about 3 tons of 2 meter long trunk quarter sections. Over the years, much of the wood unfortunately went towards making vegetable garden borders, however I did manage to put a couple pieces toward creation of artforms ... including this one.
Australian Bloodwood typically has large inclusions of liquid or semi-liquid sap or resin dispersed throughout the material and this tree was no exception. Sometimes this looks great in a natural finished state although for the most part, the sap veins need to be removed and either cleaned out as perforations ... or filled and the piece finished in some other way. This is the moment when I take the opportunity to load up my various spray guns with colour and spray away.
In this series of pictures, the bowl is depicted after it's main shaping is completed and the rough form has received it's first coat of epoxy resin to tie everything together. As much of the resin veining has been scraped out and fills of cyanoacrylate and wood dust have been forced into all of the voids prior to epoxying.
The immediate next stages include successive sanding through the coarser grits and re-fills of any voids which open up. A further penetrating epoxy coat will then be applied prior to the mid-range sanding grits.
Dimensions :: 38cm x 33cm x 10cm (15” x 13” x 4”).