The finishes I have used on this piece are:-
A couple of liberal coats of sanding sealer. There are those within the industry who consider the use of sanding sealer as somehow a contradiction of displaying the grain and texture of the wood to its best. Their argument being that sealer merely fills the grain of the timber ~ and, to an extent they are right. It does. And I respect their opinion.
But in my view it also provides a good grounding on which to apply wax finishes, which is what I have done here. First two coats of conventional bees wax followed by a bees wax cream. Each of the products can be seen in the first of this batch of photos.
Each successive coat has been buffed, sufficient only to provide depth to the finish.
Like a picture frame, which should never capture the eye before the artwork does, so this bowl is designed to be second to the contents; whether the content is appreciated more for its visual impact or its fragance, it would be a travesty if the bowl became the focus of attention. Once it is filled with pot-purri, little of the bowl should be seen. A mere receptacle.
All of my wood-turning clients, irrespective of the nature and size of the piece, or the cost, are guaranteed that I will never knowingly replicate their work for another client. It is my assurance to them, that their commission is unique. Which is why I have not made any attempt to include sizes/dimension/proportions during the course of this article.
I would merely request that if you attempt to produce something similar for yourself, you respect the assurance that I have provided my client with. I appreciate that it is I, not you who gave the assurance, nevertheless …… :-) It is most unlikely that you will produce something absolutely identical, but only a small consideration would ensure that a detail included or omitted would be sufficient for you to maintain the integrity of my bond with my client. And I would sincerely appreciate that.
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Note: *2 & *5 ~ see Glossary of Terms; under About TAA
#1: develop the angle, geometrically; or use trigonometry, & the sine of the angle 60°