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qquake

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My friend Olga picked up this birch branch when we were out a couple of years ago. I decided to see what it would look like turned. It's pretty bland, but does have a little grain. I've decided to go ahead and make a pen with it, since she went to the trouble of picking it up. She'll like it. Danish oil darkened it slightly, and brought out a little more grain. I thought about staining it, but haven't had good results with that in the past. Has anyone used Doctor's amber walnut oil? Is it any darker than Danish oil?

 

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Small limbs are usually fairly bland, but as you noted, oil can sometimes enhance the appearance and a knot or two can also help. I generally use teak oil on mine.
 

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Jim: The grain certainly pops more with the finish. BTW hope you and your family are staying safe from the fires.
Yes, I think it'll look even better with the Pens Plus on it. There are no fires currently close enough to endanger me. My aunt had a close call, but is safe. Thank you for your thoughts.
 
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