@Jonkou I wanted to say thanks again for trading the oil candles because I'll have some nice presents to give out this year.
Here are my results from applying Chestnut Spirit Stain colors on some figured maple. I wanted to pass along these pics since you also have access to curly maple that would look great dyed for the Christmas season.
This last one is dog wood that I used a beading tool to try something different.
Please no praises on these pics. This post was not meant to take away from this John's hard work refining this look over the years. If any has any ideas on making different style then pass those along.
Yes, very addicting and a whole lot less work than hollowing out a bowl. It's your fault that I've not been turning any bowls lately.
I took off work today for a service project to help cut up a large oak tree that came down in a recent storm. As luck would have it the oak tree damage a wild cherry tree that also needed to come down. I'm already thinking about cutting these cherry blocks for oil candles blanks instead of bowl blanks.
I’m going to have to try that. I make a lot of hairsticks and mostly use ebony. Snakewood and a lot of webbwood or dymalux. I don’t use spectrolay. Not dense enough but I want to try coloring maple sticks. After 11 years of making 10 million hairsticks I should have tried this by now.
Might want to try staining Bradford pear as well. It is fairly light colored and doesn't have any major grain to catch on those small turnings. Also apple sapwood should do you a treat as well.
I made my chopsticks outta Bradford. Worked like a charm and it was dry.