Rippled ash log...

15 May 2015, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

Here’s another blog post dedicated to a piece of wood I’ve found! However, this time I want to show how the natural grain structure of timber can create some amazing patterns…

This ash log has a fork (or crotch), which I intend to cut right through the center. As the grain separates form the heart to form both branches, amazing ripples are formed at this juncture. This can only be exposed if an accurate cut is made, passing through all the hearts at the same time.

The section of wood with two branches emerging…

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All marked up, ready for two large slabs to be cut. The central chalk line passes through the center of both branches…

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Slowly being cut into smaller pieces...

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The two central slabs cut open and showing the rippled grain - a slight anti climax, since my camera decided to focus on the shavings! However, the top image shows a close up of the right hand slab...

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Jonathan Leech

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Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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