In the pan for boiling, and after boiling.
I'll leave this for several months now, before coming back to finish the surface.
Time to rive down the oak tree that I brought back from the woods the other week.
This will become the drawer front to go in that hole there.
This is the bowl I started hollowing in the woods with the chainsaw and flat adze, otherwise I couldn't move it. It contains the heart of the main trunk running through both ends, so it might not work i.e. it may rip itself apart as it dries out. I am hoping giving it a long slow boil this will be prevented.
As you can see, I am also keeping it filled with water overnight, in between carving. It's a big one.
In fact, any bigger and I will need a bigger pan.
With about 80 litres of water and a small fire it took about 6 hours to come to the boil. I kept stoking it for an hour or two and then left it overnight. I imagine it kept bubbling for another hour or so.
With only minimal cracking on the end I am hopeful.
So onwards with the other half of this section of trunk.
I think this one might be called the dragonfly bowl.