Starting with a piece of oak he trimmed the outside to the shape required and created a chucking point. He then reversed the piece and roughly hollowed out the inside of the vase / bowl. First he used a Forstner bit to form a channel in the centre of the piece to
the required depth cutting one to two cm at a time and then clear the cuttings before going deeper to ease the pressure on the wood and bit. Using his bowl gouge (and various other gouges out of interest) Pete hollowed out the piece to within a few mm of the required thickness. Then he trimmed inside of the the rim to the finished thickness to a depth of about two cm. This was so he could trim the remainder of the inside once the process is complete and produce a smart clean edge between scorched and bare wood. He then protected the lathe and donned face mask and face guard. Using a power drill and a brass wire brush wheel he then 'scoured' the outside of the piece
with the wire brush concentrating on the softer 'summer growth' between the harder ' winter grain'. This accentuated the grain pattern. He repeated this on the inside edge of the piece where he had trimmed to the finished thickness. Good dust extraction is recommended during this process. Pete then cleared away all residue and combustible material and ensured both fire extinguisher and water sprays were available before using the blow torch. He then scorched the outside of the piece, taking care to do small areas at a time around the piece so as not to overheat, warp or crack the timber. Once scorched all over (including the inside of the rim) Pete used a brass wire brush to remove any surplus soot and dust and provide a stable surface and wiped the surface with clean
paper towel to ensure the surface was as clean as possible. Using an old toothbrush, not his own, (although he did have a curiously golden smile) he applied 'Gilt cream' over the scorched surface taking care to cover the whole of the scorched area.
Once dry excess cream was removed with 'Lemon oil' and the surface was burnished with a clean dry cloth. The final stage was to trim the inside to develop the sharp contrast between scorched and bare wood to great effect. Many thanks to Dick Robertson for the above report and pictures.