Been awhile, and it shows

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I had had a piece of dogwood laying around the shop for about five years.  
Its not a big piece, but then dogwood does not get all that big.  It was ab
out 5 1/2-6" in diameter and about 32" long, and had a crack running along  
it, lengthwise, that reached almost to the center.

Knowing that turning anything out of this (down log) would be "interesting"
 at best, I decided to fill the crack with epoxy and bright copper flakes.  
 The result was a dark mahogany colored streak with copper flecks in it.

I divided the log into two 5 1/2 x 16 blanks and turned two vases.  The fir
st vase was 4 1/2 x 12.  The second was 4 1/2 x 14.

As I said, its been awhile since I have been at the lathe, for anything of  
consequence, and it showed.  Catches redefined the shape of both vases, but
 the second one was more like what I had in mind when I started.

I might add, turning end grain on very dry dogwood is a "tad" different tha
n turning side grain on wet wood, of any kind. ;-)

Two lessons learned:  
1) I need to move the lathe (all 560lb of it) to give room for the longer b
oring bar to be used.  
2) Practice, practice, practice.  Put another way, "If you do not use it, y
ou lose it."

Re: Been awhile, and it shows
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    I have been neglecting my lathe because of shoulder surgery but am  
getting back into it.  Currently working on two kitchen utensil  
holders made from Bradford Pear.  Lots of end grain hollowing.
   Last fall someone dropped off a section of log about 24 inch  
diameter and 4 ft. long.  It was white wood and I immediately thought  
it was tupelo.  The bowl blanks have dried and I finished a couple.  I  
instantly knew it was not tupelo, but magnolia, from the white and  
grey coloring of the dried wood.

--  
GW Ross








Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On 5/7/2017 4:14 PM, G Ross wrote:
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My Uncle Dave Hunt would have turned cowboy hats out of that !  We have  
three or so here and they are something else.  Beautiful.

Martin

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That sounds neat!  Do the rims curve or are they straight?

Puckdropper
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Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On 5/7/2017 9:19 PM, Puckdropper wrote:
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You turn the hat Green and shape the rim as it dries.  The hats fit the  
head within a felt thickness - just fine - Company with the jigs had  
specific calculations. Nice is the ones we have are all different wood  
and look unique between each other.

I think heat was used in the rim bending into a form.

Martin

Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 8:58:59 PM UTC-5, Martin E wrote:
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We had a guy in the woodturner's club I used to attend, who turned cowboy h
ats out of cherry.  Turning the hat is not so amazing.  Oh, its a skill tes
t, but several folks can do that.  But this guy was demonstrating the turni
ng of a hat, with the light behind the work piece to judge thickness, and w
hen he finished, he had burned in a band on the hat and had a turned up bri
m.

But that was not the amazing thing.  We are sitting there watching him and  
the light, through the wood is getting brighter, but he is not watching the
 hat, he is looking at us, as he is pulling shaving and giving the patter f
or the demonstrating.  

Now, THAT, is a wood turner.

Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On Sun, 7 May 2017 20:58:57 -0500
  
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in texas they call them hats   hahaha

i guess they may be as comfortable as wooden shoes










Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:48:54 AM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
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Little different.  Your feet bend and twist and turn when walking or even standing.  They are kind of like your hands.  They bend and twist in all shapes.  Your head stays about the same exact shape all the time no matter how you twist and turn your head.

Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On Sun, 7 May 2017 17:14:04 -0400

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think i have some of this

is it slightly oily wood

this stuff i have feels like it is oily

interesting wood









Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On Sun, 7 May 2017 06:53:07 -0700 (PDT)

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great idea

have found that turning a resin and wood piece can be tricky as the
resistance to the gouge differs between the materials

want to test out if higher rpm makes it better or worse


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very true












Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On 2017-05-07 7:53 AM, Dr. Deb wrote:

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I started turning seriously again last year after a 15 year break during  
which my profession took all my time. I know what to do but it's like a  
musician practising scales - one must, as you say, practise to keep  
one's skills up to par.
This was emphasised to me a couple of weeks ago. I was making a deep  
hollow turning through a small hole to make a small urn. I managed to  
get a fairly uniform thickness of 2-3mm and was refining the outside  
near the base. I had re-ground the fingernail on a 3/8" spindle gouge  
and almost immediately got a nasty catch. So as I had enough wood left,  
I tried to turn it out whereupon I caught an even nastier one that  
consigned the piece of burl to the firewood box.
Graham

Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:35:05 PM UTC-5, graham wrote:
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2-3 mm?  That is pretty thin.  I might have resorted to the sandpaper gouge at that point.

Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On Tue, 9 May 2017 11:35:05 -0600

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there are some good videos of a japanese turner doing thin walled
bowls and the light bulb technique

the technique used is scraping rather than a full frontal gouge









Re: Been awhile, and it shows
On Monday, May 15, 2017 at 5:05:40 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
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That makes a lot of sense.  However, thus guy was wsung a full blown doufe.

I said he is good. :-)

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