I carved this ale bowl from some more of the red alder I mentioned in my last post. Then I tried something new for me: I painted (ebonized I suppose) the outside with waterproof black India ink. I like how it completely absorbs into the wood, allowing the lines of the grain to still remain evident.
The ink is water-based, but I didn’t notice much grain raising. I think this is mainly because the surfaces were straight from the knife. Had it been sanded, all of those torn fibers would have absorbed the water from the ink and raised up on the surface.
I like the contrast between the black and the natural reddish brown interior. I even like the solid hard black knot area on the interior.
When carving the exterior, I left a series of loose, shallow faceted flutes that merge and fade beneath the neck of the horse. After the ink dried for a couple days, I treated the entire piece with flax seed oil, followed by a flax oil/beeswax blend.
It feels nice with the web of your hands under the necks, and it’s big enough to share, easily holding 24 ounces of ale. The dimensions are 12 3/4 inches long, 7 inches wide, and 5 1/2 inches high.