Notes From the
By Mike Bloomquist, with Doug Evans
and Loren Woodard
Email Mike at m.bloomquistATverizonDOTnet or visit his web, Wooden Dreams
It's an abbreviated version of NFTN, but I
promise to make it up to you in the next issue... honest.
I am currently carving a snowman.
The wood is butternut. Can I bleach the wood white and will the
grain still be present? If so is there a special bleach for
wood? Thank you for your assistance.
(AKA Marcia) leads off...
Then Joe Dillet
I have bleached wood but not butternut, so I can't help you
there. But I would recommend the 2-part wood bleaches. (I
bought it at Rockler's) I don't know that it will actually bleach
butternut to a white but I imagine it would lighten it.
Marcia (aka Mush)
South China, Maine
Donna chimed in and added my favorite
advice for ANY wood finish...
My experience with bleaching butternut, even with the two part bleach
made for wood, is that it turns out black. Butternut will not bleach
out except for long exposure to UV light.
The Carving Shop
645 E. LaSalle St. Suite 3
Somonauk, IL. 60552
I bleached out some walnut scrap
once using household bleach. Came out white- on the surface only, of
course. I thought butternut was a variety of walnut. Just try it out on
a piece of scrap and you will have your answer.
Then Clive snuck one in at the last
minute... a great alternative to bleaching...
Author: The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book
"try it out on a piece of scrap"
first... <It's worth repeating>
While visiting a wood supplier locally, I seen some Holly wood, it was
pure white, the whitest wood I have ever seen, maybe you could use this
and if so avoid the bleaching.
All the best.
...And there was
a single, and very adequate answer from Arthur.
help. Does anyone know if Zebra Wood can be used for a food use
bowl and spoon. I am in the midst of making a requested bowl and
spoon out of Zebra wood and was advised to check if it's ok to eat out
of. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Safety in the Arts: Woodworking Toxic Woods has an excellent
table on toxic woods. I also did a google search for Zebra wood
bowls and a lot showed up for sale. I have turned Zebra wood,
make sure you wear dust mask when sanding.
...And here's a
couple of more for good measure.
Carving in Oregon
OK, Gang, until
next issue, keep them edges keen,
the chips piled high... and we'll see you next issue.
time and check out the wood carving lists on the Internet. There
is a lot of knowledge free for the asking on all of the list serves.
For information regarding the various email
lists for woodcarvers, visit The Carvers' Companion
Files, or click the links below.
Woodcarver's List - Woodcarvers' Porch - American
Stickmaker's - Knotholes List - Fishcarving
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