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May 9, 2013

Scorching Sand

scorching sand

I am in need of some scorching sand for heat shading veneer and for hardening goose writing quills.  I got a couple of cups of sand from a friend, it was left over from an out door cook oven.  It is coarse construction sand and was in need of cleaning.

I first ran it through a coarse sieve [12 wires per inch], the stuff that didn’t make it through went into the garden.  I then ran  the sand through fine brass screen [20 wires per inch].  The stuff that didn’t make it through I separated out and saved it for future use, thinking I would still need to wash it when I was done.

Everything that fell through the fine brass wire screen contained all of the fines and dust, which I assumed I would have to wash it and dry it out.  As I was pouring the sand from one container to another the wind blew some of the fine dust away.  Now I was winnowing the sand and in about 15 minutes it was very clean.  I didn’t have to wash it after all.

The size of the sand really does not matter for scortching wood or hardening quills, but it is nice to have two different sizes of winnowed sand.




  1. So by “scorching sand”, you just mean fine, consistent, and clean sand, right? You’re not referring to some special variety of sand only found on certain beaches in the south Pacific.

    A long time ago, I made a habit of picking up a bit of beach sand from whatever beach I visit. Not a lot; just enough to fill a small antique bottle (also purchased in the locality of said beach) so I can label it and keep it as a memento.

    By far, the finest, most consistent, and smallest grained sand I’ve come across to date is from the white sandy beaches in/around Destin, FL. I’m sure there are beaches out there that are better; I’ve just never been to them. So I grabbed a bit more than a small jar full when I was there, because I’d taken an inlay class just before the trip where we did some sand shading with a hot plate and a cast iron skillet and fine sand.

    I probably have more than I need, if you want some.


    Comment by thekiltedwoodworker — May 29, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

  2. TKW,
    Any sand will do, I wouldn’t mind a sample of Florida white sand. The Great Salt Lake has a unique smooth round hollow sand called oolitic sand, mostly used for drying flowers as it is an excellent desiccant.
    The stuff I used was rough construction sand.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — May 30, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

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