Ghostly water drinker

Sorry no photos today. The phone’s battery was flat and camera at home. Update tomorrow hopefully.

I have a log of what I thought might be willow, but which turns out to be chestnut. Not too good for indoor bowls, but great for outdoors as its high tannin content is a good preservative against the weather. When green it also makes a dark blue stain in contact with steel, so spoiling indoor work. So I decided on the spur to carve a bird bath. Using the new tools I bought on the recent course it only took just over an hour to produce. I ambled down to the River Wharfe and brought it back up to the workshop, spilling a little on the way. A couple of hours later there was no water in the bath. Drat, does chestnut pass water (pun intended)? A couple who had watched me starting it wanted to buy it, but I was not happy about selling a leaky vessel. At home carried out some research on chestnut properties, no hint of it being leaky (I was going on the basis that the timber has large, visible vessels that the sap passes along). Filled it with water an hour ago and it’s still full. What I think happened is a mysterious thirsty dog had a good drink and emptied it.

Funnily enough I also decided to carve a water bowl for our friends the dogs (as they tend to say in France, except in French, of course). Nice and heavy, and an exercise in a round carved bowl.

I need to get some birch over from home tomorrow and carve another proper, civilised bowl for humans, afterall they’s the ones what pays, but hopefully they also like bowls for their friends the animals and birds.

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