I started by offering the the whole piece up on top of the wall where it was going to sit. The timber was a perfect width to fit the wall, I had a discussion with the clients and came up with a plan as to how I was going to shape and fit the piece.
A bit of measuring and a bit of marking then the timber was cut to length. Next was to cut the curve, this was done using my little carving chainsaw. The curve was cut so that it returned back into the waney edge of the wood nicely.
A good sand all round including the bark and it was time to glue it down. Once the glue had had chance to go off a worktop matt finish oil was applied. The customer didn't want a varnish like shine, but a more natural look. The oil offers protection and enhances the colour and grain of the wood whilst keeping that natural look.
The same was repeated at the the opposite side of the wall but on a much smaller scale.
This has been the first piece of oak I have polished up from that first batch of milling that I did a couple of years ago. I am thrilled to have seen the job right through to the finish from the sourcing of the raw felled tree, milling, seasoning, planing, sanding, finishing & installing. I think the wood looks fantastic in that kitchen and the customers where suitably pleased too.
Can't wait to get into the next piece of that oak now!