When we first got into wood turning a fellow woodworker gave us quite a supple of sycamore wood. We have turned some bowls and candles from it and the wood is beautiful but I’ve been trying to find a way to showcase it’s unusual bark. I thought about making turning a natural edge bowl but that’s beyond my skill level. Kind of by accident I found a video that made a band saw box but kept the natural look of the wood. These could not look more different than the other boxes I have showed you. These are about 5″ by 6″ and were really quick to make since there isn’t much wood to finish and I kept sanding to a minimum to keep it natural. The finish is tung oil.
This shows a “before” piece of wood on the left and the “after” with the oil finish.
I’m going to switch from these boxes and go back to the scroll saw. I finished my practice cuts and did a couple simple cut outs of a cat and a fish. Next will be a more complicated butterfly. At the Woodworkers Guild holiday dinner last night one of the very experienced woodworkers brought in a table he had made with a large (10″) inlaid scroll pattern in the center. He said it took him 40 hours to cut out. I don’t have that much patience.
If you aren’t familiar with a scroll saw this photograph shows some butterflies someone did. I DID NOT MAKE THESE. I could probably soon do the two large ones on the right.