This week a colleague approached me to ask if I could make something for him.His house, which he's been renovating, still had an original doorbell from whenever it was built. The door bell was a round metal plate with a button in the middle, inset into a wood ring which was screwed to the wall. Time had not been kind to the wooden ring and it was a rotted mess. So the job was simple, could I make him a replacement wooden ring.
Burrs are very interesting bits of wood. They are odd growths that occur on the surface of tree trunks. I'm fascinated by what causes them to occur, since they are basically a mass of knots. Wikipedia on burrs Burrs typically have all sort of faults within the wood. But the wood is so dense both physically and visually in terms of grain patterns, that you can turn something quite beautiful, faults and all.
With the first chair I tried a couple of approaches to stripping off the black paint. First I tried a hot air gun. Which was not terribly effective. So I moved on to paint stripper and wire wool.
For a long time I've not pulled my weight in the "cooking a meal for the family" stakes. Based solely on the excuse that I don't have a dining table or chairs. So I've been content to go to my brothers' houses and enjoy their hospitality, but when it came my turn it was always out for a meal somewhere. But no longer!