Overall Length: 10.8cms. (4 and 1/4ins.)
Diameter: 1.2cms. (1/2in.)
Length of Neck: 4.8cms. (1 and 7/8ins.)
Diameter of Neck: 0.5cms. (3/16ins.)
These bobbins have been turned and sanded down to 600 grit emery paper and then soaked in Tung oil, which is a natural drying oil and when dry, buffed through various compounds down to about 6000 grit and a final buff with carnauba wax. As always I strive to produce a quality item of heirloom quality which will last for many years and be handed on to the next generation.
I use carnauba wax for several reasons, it gives an absolutely beautiful finish which is second to none, another reason is that it will withstand elevated temperatures unlike beeswax which will begin to soften at around body temperature. Another reason is that unlike shellac or french polish it will normally survive the occasional brush with hot liquids such as coffee etc, french polish has a tendency to go a little milky.
Messmate is a hardwood native to Tasmania and Victoria and the tablelands of New South Wales and southern Queensland. It has been known to grow to 90 metres tall, with a trunk up to three metres in diameter.
A well-known Australian hardwood that is in high demand for a wide variety of applications, messmate is often sold with mountain ash as Victorian ash. It varies in colour from pale browns through to light yellows with subtle hints of peach. The sapwood is pale yellow to pale brown, with light brown heartwood. A species rich and warm in detail, it has an even, moderately coarse texture. The sometimes interlocking, straight grains feature beautifully defined rings. Gum veins are quite common.