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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 04-12-2009 11:56 PM 2207 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes you never know how a piece of wood will look until you start turning it. A couple of months ago I was driving through a neighborhood and saw that a tree service was taking down a large honey locust tree. The guys cutting the tree down not only gave me all the large pieces they even loaded it up in my truck! There was a large burl in one of the pieces and as I turned it down I noticed that there was an opportunity to have an open inclusion in the vessel and to turn it as a natural edge. This piece is 10 inches tall and 12 inches in diameter at the top. It is turned down to 3/16” inches thick. The finish is four coats of high gloss Waterlox. Most of my turned items are functional – this will be a gallery piece.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 04-13-2009 12:02 AM

Hello Jeff,

Nice natural edge bowl! The negative space is a nice touch and adds visual interest to the piece. Down Texas way, we call pieces with lots of negative space “Turned Air” :-) Take care and best wishes to you and yours!

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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#2 posted 04-13-2009 12:29 AM

very cool bowl, the open space really makes the piece stand out.nice job.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 04-13-2009 01:59 AM

Very interesting piece. What process do you use to get from ‘green wood” to finished in 2 months?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 04-13-2009 02:19 AM

Great piece ,I know how it feels to turn something like that,I have a video in youtube under peruturner /olive wood pieces, you will see similar works,well done keep on turning

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#5 posted 04-13-2009 02:50 AM

I’m Sorry Jeff. I think that some Epoxy and sawdust you can fix that void and then it will be more functional.

But it does look nice as it is.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 04-13-2009 05:34 AM

The heck with it just plug the leak with some JB Weld!!!!! Definetly a show piece, just plain beautiful.

-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#7 posted 04-13-2009 06:24 AM

Not being a person that does a lot of turning I don’t understand how you turn a piece of wood with hollows and don’t snag your gouge on it. Looks good


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#8 posted 04-13-2009 10:01 AM

That is really cool, Jeff. Found wood is so exciting. It’s like being a kid and opening Christmas presents. I love the look of the natural edge.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#9 posted 04-16-2009 03:37 AM

The best way to turn a piece with ‘open air” or through the wall inclusions is to turn at a higher speed and present as much as the tool bevel as you can to cut the wood. When it gets close I will switch to a freshly sharpened scraper and take very light cuts.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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