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Al Portante
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How would you finish this bowl?
Feb 11th, 2021 at 7:18pm
 
It's olivewood about 10.5" dia. I filled the large voids and was thinking of a clear epoxy brush to finish it, but now I'm rethinking that. I want to keep the cracks and the grain is outstanding as it plays off the filled voids where the branches used to be.

Now I'm Leaning toward a basic tung/BLO oil finish with an abrasive wax (home made Ack's kinda thing) topper. What would you do here? Thanks all!
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Re: How would you finish this bowl?
Reply #1 - Feb 11th, 2021 at 7:20pm
 
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Reply #2 - Feb 11th, 2021 at 7:58pm
 
How much shine (sheen) do you want?  Several applications of a wipe on gloss finish will highlight the cracks.  Pure tung oil is thick, and may tend to partially fill the cracks.
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Reply #3 - Feb 11th, 2021 at 9:23pm
 
I use a mixture of BLO/tung/poly in 2:2:1 ratio as my go-to standard.  Makes a rich stain finish.

Was wondering if this one might lend itself to a higher sheen?  And should I use a finish that fills the gaps?
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Re: How would you finish this bowl?
Reply #4 - Feb 11th, 2021 at 10:08pm
 
Olive can usually be buffed to a low sheen with no finish at all.
Olive can be difficult to finish since it has natural oils in it that don't always play well with some finishes
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Re: How would you finish this bowl?
Reply #5 - Feb 11th, 2021 at 10:35pm
 
I made a larger platter in olive with similar features, but not the major voids as seen in this one. Gave it my basic tung/blo/poly with a wax topper and it came out excellent.

Unless the soul of the wood speaks to me with its spirit.. Undecided....I'll probably stick with that. Was just looking for some other ideas.
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