Turning Archive 2005

To Fill Or Not To Fill

Duane Hill
>I recently started a hollow form piece that had some bark inclusions on it. As I rounded the piece (approx. 8" diameter and 3" thick), I noticed that one of the bark inclusions appeared to run from the top of the piece, down the side and across part of the bottom. There was a lot of bark and dirt in this inclusion. I cleaned it out with my Dremmel and noticed that the inclusion is prety deep. Two questions really. First, as I get ready to hollow, should I fill this inclusion with an expanding glue like Gorilla Glue to stabilize the piece for hollowing? Second question, after hollowing, should I plan on filling the inclusion with something (stones, etc) or leave it as a void? I'm curious to get some other opinions. Thanks

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