The photo sequence below shows the stages of making the hollowed, textured and coloured vases that I have been working on recently.
I begin with an ash log straight from the tree, still wet.
Rough out to remove the bark and cut a spigot for the chuck.
Shape the outside and drill a hole through the centre.
Hollow out the centre, sand the inside and outside.
Scorch the outside.
Brush away the soot to reveal the grain of the wood.
This one was coloured with green acrylic wood dye before sealing with sanding sealer.
Rub liming wax into the grain.
Remove the excess liming wax with finishing oil.
Take off the chuck and finish the base.
The completed vase, finished with a coat of wax.