11/3/2023 Apologies for the lack of production quality here, but I want you to see the finished set. This is a really impressive triptych. I'm really excited to see them installed in your new home.
Burning in Blacksmith's wax after patina application
Cleaning steel backs in preparation for patina.
Sanded; oiled; waxed; looking great! Next step is fabricating and finishing the steel backs, then these will be good to go.
Sanding and sanding and sanding....
Two down and one to go! I should be finishing the sanding by the end of the week and making the backs next week. Then it's just a matter of when we decide on delivery.
Just about there:
Off to the drying chamber for a nice long nap:
Two down one to go:
To get the grain that I was after I ended up using two large Cottonwood forks. Here's one.
Material sourcing success!
These logs were sourced on the City of Fergus Falls property in Otter Tail County, MN. The city was replacing a section of the main water supply line near their water treatment plant where it draws water from the Otter Tail River. (BTW my studio is downriver on the Otter Tail). These trees were removed in February 2023 to gain access to the water main for replacement/repair.