Ebonised Hollow Form
Monday 08 December 2008
Tracy Owen turns a textured, ebonised hollow form
This hollow form was made from a piece of ash which had been lying in my timber shelter for around 12 months. I coated the end grain with some PVA glue to prevent it from splitting.
This piece was all heartwood with a moisture content of 40%, which is higher than sapwood, so it was ideal for making a hollow form. I have found that any wood with a moisture content of less than 25-30% is too dry for thin-walled hollowing as without the flex in the wood, it easily splits. Some might say that there is a
lot going on with this piece, especially the texturing, ebonising and the cutting of the neck. As an alternative, it could have been left with a smooth sanded finish or a bright colour could have been used instead of it being ebonised. The neck could have been left uncut or cut to a different shape - the choice is yours!