Shopping again

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Been out collecting again – beats shopping at Tesco anytime!  This is a large ‘lump’ of Beech that has started to spalt quite nicely.  Went down to rural Dorset early this morning to collect this little beauty and have it cut into 3″ slabs for me. As you can see from the final picture, there is some wonderful figuring in this log.  Some of the edges are a bit soft and will just be waste – but what would you expect with a log that has started to decay!

Of the sound timber, most will end up as large pepper mills (and maybe a few smaller pairs of salt & pepper).  I might also make the odd bowl or two from a couple of slabs that are only 2″ thick – logs are never an exact thickness, so it’s a matter of making the most out of what’s there. Nick, who was cutting this for me, knows his wood and how to get the best out of a rough old log that look nothing on the outside.

Also came back with some Yew, so watch this space!