My uncle Tom gave me a nice hunk of black walnut awhile back so I decided to carve a modern bowl out of it to create a sculptural-type piece. I started with the chainsaw to roughly shape the bowl and then moveed on to the Arbortech power carving tool to fine tune the shape of the bowl. It was definitely a lot ton of hand sanding from there to smooth the surfaces but it’s worth the time and effort. Once shaped and sanded I fill any cracks and imperfections with a wood fill blend I made using walnut saw dust, charcoal and epoxy to make the fill nice and dark to match the walnut. I gave the piece a final sanding and used Waterlox to finish the piece. I’ve been using Waterlox for over 30 years and it’s my favorite product for fine wood finishes. Enjoy the video:
Cutting the walnut in half with an electrical chainsaw
Learn more about Waterlox at https://waterlox.com/jon-peters
The bowl is now in my sunroom on top of the Modern Cabinet or Server that I built. Here’s a link to that video project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI7sz.
The finished piece on the Modern Server