Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: South of France
Hi guys, thanks for your thoughts on this. I haven't got the patience ( or stock of wood ) to rough out a blank then leave it for a year! Luckily the oak tree I cut down must have dead for a few years, so hopefully that's dried out a little, also, some of the olive wood has been sitting for nearly a year so hopefully that will have lost some moisture. It will be interesting to see how things move with the fully coated CA goblets, a few of my early experiments, that have epoxy resin in them to fill the ant holes, haven't cracked or warped, but you can see that the epoxy is being squeezed out as the wood shrinks around it.
I think I'm lucky with having olive wood as it is really hard and quite oily, I douse it in walnut oil continually and then finish with bees wax and walnut oil to try and seal it a little which may be helping. It looks like I'm heading down the more rustic looking side of woodworking, with live edges, bark, splits and holes appealing to me, so a little warping won't go amiss. I'm not a big fan of the super shiny CA finish as the wood looks too plasticy, but I wanted the goblets to be functional and waterproof so I thought I'd try it, hopefully it won't crack over time. Goblet No.2 is a bit more natural looking...