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1918 Cottonwood Burl.
odie

1918 Cottonwood Burl.

Finished 6-20-2021, Cottonwood burl, 9 1/4" x 3 1/8", block was KD, but did lose a small amount of weight after roughing and doing monthly weights for 4 months. I now rough and season most of my KD blanks, because if it is going to lose additional weight to MC, a roughed blank will warp less. Minimizing warping and sanding is essential to keeping the details as crisp and cleanly done as possible.....adding to the aesthetic appeal. Sanded to 600gt, Danish oil natural, and Beall buffed. There is one crack that was filled with epoxy and not noticeable. Has voids and bark inclusions....normal!
It's a miracle you could do this kind of detail in cottonwood, Odie. Well, done.
Thank you, Dean :)

Yes, it is a bit spongy and stringy in places, sort of takes on the characteristics of mid-level spalting. I do have some advantage with cottonwood, though, because I've done a number of them in recent years.....I've had some practice! ;)

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Note: There are some KD roughed bowls that lose no weight during a seasoning process. My general rule is if it loses no weight after 3-4 monthly weights, it's good to final turn. If it loses any weight at all, no matter how small, the monthly weights continue until stabilization.

In the information I included in the OP, I stated this:

I now rough and season most of my KD blanks, because if it is going to lose additional weight to MC, a roughed blank will warp less.

Instead of "MC", it should have read "stabilization". (MC stands for "moisture content")

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