Bored? No. Board!
I know I said no more boards for a while, but I couldn't resist this one.
You see, three and a half years ago, Christian felled our big lime tree. Even though it shaded the whole orchard I had been reluctant to have it down because it was our most mature tree.(Not the oldest - but that's a different story).
For a bowl turner, that tree held a lot of wood. And you can't go to the local woodyard and buy lime. They don't stock it. (I know -I've tried).
So when there tree came down I was determined to harvest the wood. That involved planking it. Fortunately Christian's dad, Malcolm, knew a farmer who had a jig that, if used in combination with ladders and other things, and a chainsaw, would convert a tree into planks. The three of us did it, not without hitches (or significant damage to the chainsaw), but it worked and we were proud of the achievement.
And I stacked the wood , under shelter, to air dry.
It is now seasoned. And warped and twisted, as happens when wood is drying out.
And some of it has not been adequately sheltered, so in the past three years has had some fungal growth, and the wood has acquired a light spalting.
I picked a piece of this out last week, and opened it up to see what kind of a board it might make. I liked it. And it was much bigger than the serving boards I had been making over the last few weeks.
So I couldn't resist making it.
is the result.