Journey into Woodturning #66: Dalmata

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 07-13-2021 02:06 PM 723 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project turned into a humble reminder that I am still new to turning. I seem to do well with the smaller projects, bigger works need more practice. I am ashamed to see such a beautiful piece of wood go to waste on my lathe.

Dalmata I found out is a rather hard wood and the size of it makes it worth a lot of coin. I really need to invest in one of those coring systems. Regardless, I believe the spalting was a sign that it was on the way of softening up. I got much more tear out then I would expect from a hardwood like this. Sanding sealer helped with that.

The design was a challenge. I was not getting a vibe or felling on what direction the wood was wanting to go. I flattened off the sides, after looking at putting a bead around the center for embellishment. I do feel the design looks more like a plant pot then a salad bowl.

The wood looks great I just did not do it justice. In fact, at one point I got lazy (or tired) and got a huge catch in the bowl. I filled it with millput and it actually looks good. However, there were other catches that I could not get rid of. I probably should have used millput for some of the other catches and it would have turned out much better.

Overall, I am happy that I tried and got more experience. I need more practice on larger turnings. Maybe something small for the next project to boost my confidence again.

Here’s this weeks video: Dalmata Salad Bowl

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