Been awhile, and it shows

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."
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Dr. Deb
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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.
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G Ross
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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Martin E
Martin E wrote in news:DhQPA.95213$ep6.10677 @fx07.iad:
That sounds neat! Do the rims curve or are they straight?
Puckdropper
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Puckdropper
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.
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Dr. Deb
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
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Martin E
On Sun, 7 May 2017 06:53:07 -0700 (PDT)
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
very true
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Electric Comet
On Sun, 7 May 2017 20:58:57 -0500
in texas they call them hats hahaha
i guess they may be as comfortable as wooden shoes
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Electric Comet
On Sun, 7 May 2017 17:14:04 -0400
think i have some of this
is it slightly oily wood
this stuff i have feels like it is oily
interesting wood
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Electric Comet
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
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graham
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.
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russellseaton1
On Tue, 9 May 2017 11:35:05 -0600
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
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Electric Comet
That makes a lot of sense. However, thus guy was wsung a full blown doufe.
I said he is good. :-)
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Dr. Deb

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