Zeus in Wooden Carving

Today started slowly. Saw dust flew and drifted with the idle winds of the weekend.



As it rained last night lightning struck continuously. It felt as if somebody was playing with the fluorescent lamps. One, two, three flashes then a long one. Three seconds of pitch black silence pervades and then, boom!

The roof would rumble like Zeus himself was bowling high above the heavens.

I don't know anything about wood carving but I asked my mother-in-law if she could buy a "Katam" or a wood planer when she went to the market. It's a pretty old fashioned tool for wood carvers that you could get in 'the saw sharpening' place. It's right in front of the Little Shop by the Corner in Recto, Lipa City.

mahogany wood tree trunk table project philippines

mahogany wood tree trunk table project philippines

mahogany wood tree trunk table project philippines

mahogany wood tree trunk table project philippines

The varnish was mahogany red. The trunk is mahogany wood and the surface is acacia. It needs a little bit more work as the color didn't turn out how I imagined it to be. It's definitely a work in progress, one that was spurned by necessity and perhaps a dosage of naivete on my part.

Lesson learned in wood varnishing: It's not just about putting varnish on.

I imagine that it still needs some sanding, "masilya" or even wood stain.

It's fun learning this and it feels like playing a game.

Like certain things in life itself, we learn things as we go along.