More Adventures into Woodturning 3

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Blog entry by MrWolfe posted 04-21-2021 12:54 AM 378 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been trying to get some techniques down especially with bowls and hollow forms.
I’ve also been noticing and trying to correct some torn endgrain and tool marks on some of these forms. I’m getting there but that is going to be an ongoing exercise. I’ve been using a box rest for reaching into the interiors of some bowls and I’ve recently gotten a Trent Bosch Stabilizer for hollowing larger forms.

Today I went back and added Renaissance Wax (Microcrystalline wax) over the coats of shellac I’ve used on most pieces. Some of the pieces have a Shine Juice (B.L.O./shellac/alcohol) mix to seal the wood. I think I like the Renaissance Wax but I haven’t decided yet.

Here are some more pics…

Here are a few pieces from the last few days. They are once turned and still drying so there is warpage and no finish yet.

I’m always looking for tools and tool modifications so here are a couple I’ve recently made.

This is my wood processing station. Its pretty solid and I can prep logs into blanks on it. I can also flip it over to use the bottom when cutting rounds with my chainsaw. I just got a LOT of pecan and sectioned it and sealed the ends with Anchorseal. I’m looking for some mesquite next.

And this is GREAT tool. It started out as a skew chisel from a cheap set. I saw a video and the turner had made one of these for cutting dovetailed recesses on the bottoms of his bowls and forms. It allows you to cut from an angle with the tailstock live center still in place. There are commercially available dovetail chisels but I hadn’t seen one with the skewed angle. This works GREAT. I wish I could remember the video that featured it but I’ve been watching too many videos. Possibly Al Stirt but I am not certain. Make one and you’ll be glad you did. Took less than five minutes with a coarse wheel on my grinder.

I recently have added sheer scraping to my turning (using a bowl gouge) and I’ve also added sanding, both on the lathe and with a right angle drill. I’ve only used it on the last five or six pieces but it really makes a huge difference in removing endgrain tearout and tool marks.
Thats it for now.

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-21-2021 01:20 AM

Looks like you’re really getting into it, Jon. Looks like you’re having some serious fun.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Tom Regnier

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#2 posted 04-21-2021 01:33 AM

That’s a great variety of shapes you’re experimenting with and they look really cool!
It appears you are in that rabbit hole of discovery with turning…bravo to you for going after it.

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#3 posted 04-21-2021 01:49 AM

you blow me away jon,IM NOT WORTHY !!!! seriously you inspire the hell outta me.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 04-21-2021 02:19 AM

Very archaeological, and here is your Art History lesson for the day: look up Cycladic Figurines, then compare them to that tall vase in the center of photos 5 and 6. Looks like you’ve mastered the shape, colors and textures.

Keep experimenting – your process and results are fascinating.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 04-21-2021 02:33 PM

Thanks everyone.

I am having some serious fun with this. For me its the huge learning curve involved. There are so many different aspects of turning. I know you are seriously having fun with it too.

You’re right about it being a rabbit hole. Thanks for your great compliment about the variety of shapes. Many times I start with a piece and I imagine its going to turn out one way but during the process something will happen (breaking a rim with a catch, having a piece with bark inclusions blow up or some other mishap) and it completely changes the piece. Then I just try to finish the piece and practice techniques. These sometimes are my favorites.

I’ve seen your pieces. You’re great and they always turn out really well.
Thanks for the kind words.

I saw the form of the vase and I thought figure/torso. The mouth of the vessel has an angle to it that I thought to remove and make it flat but it reminded me of a neck and shoulders, very anthropomorphic. I had not heard of the term Cycladic but I have seen them before. I will post an update of that piece when it is dry and finished.
Thanks for the encouragement.

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#6 posted 04-21-2021 02:54 PM

Quite a beautiful collection!

Everyone has an eye catching shape and the raw edges are great. The larger hollowed pieces look like they were a real “puckering” experience, great job persevering!

When you reformed that skew, what did you do to maintain the temper? Just water dips?

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#7 posted 04-21-2021 03:02 PM

Thanks Bruce,
I do find myself clenching my jaw on some of the cuts. I thought about getting a mouth guard but I am actually just trying to relax more into the cuts. I’ve just read about bruising that happens on greenwood when a cut is too aggressive or you push too hard. Grinding the heel off of bowl gouges helps. So does sharpening the tool and using light delicate cuts on the finish cuts.

I have a slow 8 inch grinder with CBN wheels so dipping in water has been my method. I’ve thought about using a torch to make some special tools and stepping up my tempering game but I haven’t tried it yet.

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